New ad by Clint Eastwood: An Obama rerun would not make my day

posted at 10:01 am on October 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

American Crossroads has a new ad out today, one that features a familiar face and voice — Clint Eastwood. Taking a distinctly more serious approach than his lighthearted, extemporaneous skit speech at the Republican Convention, Eastwood warns about rising dependence on China’s credit and the prospect of another four years of Barack Obama.   America needs a turnaround artist, Eastwood says, and fortunately we have one at the ready:

The reference to China will play well in Ohio and Pennsylvania, I’d bet — and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this ad go into heavy rotation in those states, as well as Virginia and New Hampshire.  Eastwood’s iconic status may or may not impress Obama voters, but among older independents, Eastwood might be quite effective.  It’s a smart move to roll this out in the final two weeks.

Update: The New York Times reports that American Crossroads will run this in seven states — and that testing showed the ad to be very effective (via Michael Warren):

After some testing, Crossroads found that potential audiences, who are often wary of celebrity endorsements, still appreciated Mr. Eastwood as an American icon and liked the idea of his appearance in the ad as long as it did not seem overdone. So while Mr. Eastwood narrates the entire ad, he appears on camera only at the very end.

Mr. Eastwood, in an e-mailed statement, explained his motives. “I did the ad because I’m concerned for our country,” he said. “I really believe Mitt Romney is the kind of leader we need right now. He’s an experienced businessman, and he knows how to work with people to fix problems. It’s time to give someone else a chance to fix our country.”

The ad starts running Wednesday in seven states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia.

Not Pennsylvania, as I first thought — but that could change, too.

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Explained his “motives” as if he was telling the country why he knocked off a dozen liqueur stores?

While Tom Hanks is lauded for his awesome civic mindedness?… any liberal celebrity is praised for speaking out, and they act as if Clint has got some splainin to do..

God,.. I really hate the liberal media..

mark81150 on October 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

You and me both.
Remember, that when you promote conservative or republican values, you are guilty until proven inno… well, you are guilty until they either “re-educate”you or bully you into thinking otherwise.
Good thing is, nobody is going to bully Clint Eastwood.

Sterling Holobyte on October 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM

I’ve been to Canada, beautiful country up there..

..what happened to you??

ToddPA on October 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM

“I don’t even know what street Canada is on.”
– Al Capone

Sterling Holobyte on October 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM

So where do you think the Barak Hussein Obama Presidential Library is going to be built?
Happy Nomad on October 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Moochie nixed both Kenya and Indonesia; local restaurants not good enough, lousy shopping districts.

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM

So where do you think the Barak Hussein Obama Presidential Library is going to be built?

Happy Nomad on October 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

It will probably be in Hawaii. Then he won’t have to travel too far to admire himself.

Sterling Holobyte on October 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM

HillBuzz, 8/31/2012:

Barack and Michelle Obama will be moving to Hawaii in January of 2013 and preparations are now being made to purchase an estate in close proximity to land owned by the University of Hawaii, where the Obama presidential library and “political center” will be located.


The University of Hawaii will host the Library, Musuem, and “Political Action Center”. Most likely, it will be called the Obama Center, like the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Just like the Carters, the Obamas want to live as close to the Library complex as possible so Barack can hold court there, give speeches, and walk through a replica of his Oval Office to relive past glories (which is what Jimmy Carter does on a regular basis, FYI).

Remember, O’bamna’s parents both went to UH, where they met and became best friends with the current Governor of the State. The Fix is in.

Del Dolemonte on October 24, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Del Dolemonte on October 24, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Oye. And here I thought I was just being sarcastic, sort of.
I knew they liked Hawaii, but sheesh!

Sterling Holobyte on October 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

He shouldn’t even be granted a Presidential Library.I guess though it could ultimately be utilized as a repository for the documentation of all the lies he’s told over the past four (five – campaign) years…

elihu on October 25, 2012 at 5:59 AM

It’s a great ad … he’s right – there’s NOT much more time left.

But who here thinks even for a second that if the GOP wins back the White House and the Congress that they have the balls to stand up to the Dims and actually CUT government?

Only a fool would believe that Willard, Mitch, and Crybaby John have those kinds of ‘nads.

Easy test will be … at the end of February – will Congress have FINALLY defunded PPP and NPR and PBS?

My bet is NO and, if they can’t at least do that – they can’t do sh*t to save this nation.

HondaV65 on October 25, 2012 at 6:28 AM