Clint Eastwood responds to Chrysler 2012 Super Bowl ads “Halftime in America” politics debate

By on Feb 7, 2012 in International, Lifestyle, Politics, United States Comments

Chrysler‘s 2012 Super Bowl adsHalftime in America” featuring Clint Eastwood created politics debate right after it was shown on Sunday, with the 2-minute ad considered as among the best 2012 Super Bowl commercials.

Clint Eastwood on Chrysler’s 2012 Super Bowl
commercial “Halftime in America”

Image Credit: YouTube/Chrysler

As noted in US news sites on Monday, February 6, 2012, Chrysler’s “Halftime in America” commercial, which was watched by an estimated 111 million people, created a debate among US politicians, which the 81-year old actor responded later.

“People are out of work and they’re hurting. And they’re all wondering what they’re going to do to make a comeback. The people of Detroit know a little something about this,” Eastwood said on the Chrysler Super Bowl ad.

“This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. We get right back up again, and when we do the world is going to hear the roar of our engines. Ya, it’s halftime in America, and our second half is about to begin.” Eastwood added.

According to the New York Times, some conservative critics saw it as a political payback and accused Chrysler of allegedly handing US President Barack Obama as a prime-time megaphone by the Super Bowl XLVI commercial.

Karl Rove, the Republican political adviser during the George W. Bush administration, was interviewed at Fox News, and said he was “offended” by Chrysler’s 2012 Super Bowl commercial; accusing the car company of having something to repay their political patronage.

“I’m a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but it is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the president of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising.” Rove was quoted was saying.

On the other hand, President Obama‘s chief political strategist David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) tweeted, “Powerful shot. Did Clint shoot that, or just narrate it?” shortly after the Chrysler 2012 Super Bowl ad was aired.

Meanwhile, Clint Eastwood, who was elected as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, in California from 1986 to 1988, aired his comments on the controversy over the Chrysler’s “Halftime in America” commercial.

“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 was quoted in a statement, which was read on-air by Bill O’Reilly of Fox News.

“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.” Eastwood added.

“It’s Halftime in America”, 2012 Super Bowl ad by Chrysler, featuring Clint Eastwood
Video Credit: InsideLineVideo/YouTube/Chrysler

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