Following his infamous 12-minute onstage argument with a chair at the Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood has taken his Romney endorsement a step further.
The 82-year-old actor-director has been poked fun of by “The Daily Show, “Saturday Night Live” and various others for his one-way confrontation with an “invisible Obama” in a chair. The appearance set Twitter and the blogosphere a blaze with questions like, “Did I just watch Clint Eastwood have a stroke on national TV?”
Weeks later, Eastwood seemed to shrug off the speech, telling Extra: “If somebody's dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they're going to have to take what they get.”
The public’s unfavorable response to the puzzling incident hasn’t deterred him from appearing in a new pro-Romney TV spot.
In the ad, sponsored by Political Action Committee American Crossroads, Eastwood states: “In the last few years, America’s been knocked down. ... Obama’s second term would be a rerun of the first, and our country just couldn’t survive that. We need someone who can turn it around fast, and that man is Mitt Romney.”
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Eastwood concludes the ad by saying, "There is not much time left, and the future of our country is at stake."
According to the Washington Post, the ad, titled “At Stake,” will air in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia.
While many expected the Republican Party to distance itself from the Oscar-winner following the RNC, that is clearly not the case.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the commercial is part of a $12.6 million, Karl Rove-backed advertising campaign that is meant to promote Romney’s campaign. CNN notes that Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio believes Eastwood is still a popular figure in the conservative community. Collegio told the outlet that the ad features "Clint adding his iconic weight to a message about the country that already resonates with people and which they already believe in their hearts."
While some Republicans may support Eastwood, there is one person that opposes his views.
According to TMZ, Eastwood’s daughter, controversial reality TV host Alison Eastwood has publicly declared that she is not a Romney supporter.
"I happen to not be voting for the same man. But I love that [my dad] stands up for what he believes in,” she said.
Eastwood, who has referred to himself as an Eisenhower Republican, meaning he is a conservative with some libertarian views, has a history of backing conservative presidential candidates. According to the Daily Beast, the “Dirty Harry” star backed Richard Nixon in the late '60s and early '70s and was a known John McCain supporter in 2008.