Was Clint Eastwood’s Super Bowl ad political?
Clint Eastwood’s appearance in a Chrysler ad during the Super Bowl Sunday has been deemed political by some.
The ad ran during halftime and, in it, Eastwood discussed the challenges faced by the country. The legendary actor/director also compared those struggles with that of Detroit, the hometown of Chrysler.
Chrysler declared bankruptcy, was bailed out by American and Canadian taxpayers, and sold off to Italy’s Fiat before making its first profit since 1997. Some have called this a comeback story, while others say that it represents the government gone amok.
“I was, frankly, offended by it,” said Karl Rove, strategist behind President George W. Bush’s two presidential campaigns. “I’m a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but it is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the president of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising.”
However, liberals did not view the ad in the same manner.
“Powerful spot. Did Clint shoot that, or just narrate it?” David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, wrote on Twitter.
Eastwood stated that there was no political agenda in the ad.
“There is no spin in that ad. On this I am certain. l am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about just job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was OK,” he said.
Eastwood, who is known as a Republican, also said that he’d pick a presidential candidate to side with in the coming weeks.