Hollywood doesn’t usually make sequels to flops, but Clint Eastwood doesn’t typically follow convention. So less than two months after the actor-director’s infamous “Empty Chair” speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Eastwood is back supporting Gov. Mitt Romney in a new advertisement backed by the "super PAC" American Crossroads.
The new commercial, called “At Stake,” is part of a new $12.6-million ad blitz backed by conservative consultant Karl Rove’s political action committee. Three spots, including Eastwood’s, will be shown in the swing states of Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada and Virginia.
Unlike his widely mocked appearance at the Republican convention in August, in which a rambling Eastwood addressed an empty chair, the “Dirty Harry” star is succinct, and speaks straight into the camera.
“For the last few years America has been knocked down. Twenty-three million people can't find full-time work, and we borrow $4 billion every single day, much of it from China," Eastwood says.