Washington (CNN) – Actor Clint Eastwood is returning to the political stage, but this time he is talking directly to the camera - and not to an empty chair.
Eastwood received much derision as well as praise for his speech at the Republican Convention this summer in Tampa where he lectured to an empty chair that was meant to represent President Obama.
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Now Eastwood is the star of a new ad, called "At Stake" from the Republican super PAC American Crossroads.
For much of the spot Eastwood's voice is just heard telling the audience: "For the last few years America has been knocked down. Twenty three million people can't find full-time work," he says. "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. That man is Mitt Romney."
Then Eastwood is seen talking directly to the camera as it ends saying, "There is not much time left, and the future of our country is at stake."
The commercial was taped at Eastwood's home in California, according to American Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio. While Eastwood's speech was met with a lot of negative press stories, Crossroads officials think his message of how Obama has failed resonated. Crossroads President Steven Law was at the convention and thought Eastwood's words were powerful and that he connected with the crowd, Collegio said. Group officials were introduced to him, and he agreed to tape the ad.
Crossroads thinks this goes beyond a stock celebrity endorsement because, as Collegio put it, "this is Clint adding his iconic weight to a message about the country that already resonates with people and which they already believe in their hearts."
The group showed the ad to focus groups in Florida and Ohio, and "it tested off the charts," Collegio says.
The Eastwood spot is one of three new ones launching Wednesday as part of a $12.6 million buy in seven key swing states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia.
One entitled "Survive" about small business owners will air in Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and Virginia Survive and one called "Bow" which hits Obama's record on China is set to air in Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia.
Mitt Romney is getting substantial air cover this week. With this new buy, American Crossroads will be spending at least $17 million on swing state ads. On Tuesday it went up with a $4.2 million buy just in Wisconsin and Ohio highlighting the story of a young boy battling cancer in the 1970's who Mitt Romney helped. Another super PAC supporting the Republican presidential nominee, Restore Our Future, announced it was going up with almost $18 million in swing state ads on Tuesday in battleground states.
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This is only going to keep the EMPTY CHAIR speech alive in peoples minds. Dumb move
Karl Rove / Clint Eastwood
Romney = GW Bush
Go Clint. They chair is still empty and waiting for a real president!!!
Rerun of the last 4 years? Give me a break – before Obama took office-America was losing massive numbers of jobs. The stimulus was put into place by Bush and continued by Obama only to prevent a major depression. Get a clue people-Presidents can't suddenly turn around the economy – Mitt does not have a magic wand to do that. The economy will recover slowly and if he wins – the economy will recover under his Presidency by accident.
This sounds much like the "Detroit" ad with all the doom and gloom.... get over the hype.
Stay the heck out of politics and go back to making movies. Guess Clint is getting senile.
Go ahead Clint...make my day.
Really Clint, sorry to say but you are in way over your head and totally misinformed with this you have lost any relevancy you may have had in the past. Thought many of your movies were about soldier's sacrificing for democracy and this country too bad you do not hold their conviction but are instead for the big business and big money interest and corruption of the democratic system. Sad very sad.
'Obama's second term would be a rerun of the first...'
It's puzzling that as sophisticated a film director as Clint Eastwood would show such a week grasp of some basic issues.
So the second term would be a rerun of the first? This means that in january, the US economy will have suddenly collapsed to a -8 % annual growth rate again? And that the auto industry will be on the verge of bankruptcy, again? And the current housing recovery will disappear, and in january, millions of concurrent forclosures will appear all over again?
I see. 2 questions. What idiotic PAC has cooked up this nonsense, and why would you, Clint, go on a national ad spout such nonsense? I can't believe you don't know better.
No policy Romney has proposed will help solve the problem we faced currently. In fact they will make it worse. Tax plan that is not possible mathematically, Jobs plan that is designed for the fifties and does not work. Deficit reduction plan that will actually increase the deficit, and foreign policy, well we all know that.
I preferred slow and steady growth than a fake caffeine infused growth that will crash worse than the last one. We are adding jobs every month and that's a good thing. It may not be as fast as people would like but it is way better than losing jobs every month. Right now the President is clearly the best person we have and we should rally around him and I believe his second term will be better than his first term.
Boycott Clint. Like they did to the Dixie Chicks.
I see. 2 questions. What idiotic PAC has cooked up this hallucination, and why would you, Clint, go on a national ad spout such nonsense? I can't believe you don't know better.
At his age Eastwood couldn't care less if he lost half his fan base. Which he should.
Hollywood star goes from beloved to reviled by talking too much, and thinking his words matter. Following the lead of Charleton Heston. Wonder what Clint was paid for the ad. Quite handsomely, I'm guessing.
Romney supporters, are you really going to vote for a guy that gave you the stiff-arm when you asked to see more than last years tax returns? My goodness, how low your standards have become...
I'm sorry but he didn't receive praise. The so called "praise" that he received was from die hard conservatives that would have told you he did an awesome job if he just went out there and stared into space for 10 minutes.
Clint, like a huge portion of Americans, doesn't like Socialism or Radical Narcissisitic anti-business, glory seekers.
Why are we even commenting on Eastwoods Republican connection? He's nobody worth listening to anyway. Fine actor I guess, but I probably won't bother to see or re-see any of his movies now I know what he's really like.
Mr. Eastwood: 'SEE YOU IN THE MOVIES/ make believe" !!!!!!!!!!Enough said.
ppedo- YOU are 100% correct, but the lefties refuse to even consider the facts that DIM policies brought the economy to it's knees. Fannie/Freddie, Jimmy Carter's housing programs for people that couldn't afford to own a home; accelerated by Bill Clinton, Chris Dodd, Barney Franks all combined to ruin the housing market and the economy.
count me among the growing number of former eastwood fans. looks like grand torino was autobiographical after all.
Its so strange. Just the other day I had a dream that both Clint Eastwood and Rush Limbaugh died. But if you think that's weird, the very next day I dreamed the both were still alive, that is in hell.
Consider the source
Clint is taking these fools money. And making empty chairs popular again.
Sit down, old man, sit down.
For the most part, Clint has portrayed tough no nonsense types in his roles. That is how how is perceived and what his personna represents to the American people. That will resonate with what voters are left. Of course how much nicer it would be to have the endorsement of a twit (sp) like Eva Longoria. Make our day Clint.