Clint Eastwood weighs in on Chrysler ad

Clint Eastwood responded Monday night to the debate over whether response his Super Bowl ad for Chrysler was an implicit endorsement of President Obama.

In the ad, Eastwood declares that it is “halftime in America” and that “Motor City is fighting again.”

Some Republicans. criticized the ad for what they saw as political message; some Democrats praised it for the same reason, arguing it reinforces Obama’s defense of the auto industry bailout.

Eastwood says they’re both wrong.

“I just want to say that the spin stops with you guys, and there is no spin in that ad. On this I am certain,” Eastwood told Fox News, in a statement read on-air by Bill O’Reilly. “I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was OK.”

He added, “If Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it.”

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.


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