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Clint Eastwood’s Super Bowl message? Only that proceeds went to charity.

Clint Eastwood in “It’s Halftime in America.” (via Reuters)

Was Eastwood, a lifelong Republican who has said he’s voted only for Republican presidents since 1952, casting his lot with President Obama and the auto industrys bailout? Just what was the subtext and motive? Eastwood is being characteristically tight-lipped, but did make one thing perfectly clear: he’s donating “anything they gave me” to charity.

“l am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about, just about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was okay. I am not supporting any politician at this time. Chrysler, to their credit, didn’t even have cars in the ad. Anything they gave me for it went for charity. If… Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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