Never underestimate Clint Eastwood. The 82-year-old actor’s widely panned debate with an empty chair during the Republican National Convention won’t be his last act in the 2012 election after all.
In a new ad from the pro-Romney American Crossroads super PAC, Eastwood returns, intoning in somber voice-over that “Obama’s second term would be a rerun of the first, and our country just can’t survive that.” The ad then pivots to Mitt Romney, and Eastwood ultimately appears on screen, adding: “There’s not much time left, and the future of our country is at stake.”
To some, the spot seems like a rebuttal to the one Eastwood previously voiced for Chrysler, which aired during the Super Bowl. That ad sparked controversy when conservatives claimed it was political payback for Obama, who had helped the car maker secure government bailout loans.