The Dirty Harry star was accused of endorsing U.S. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in his two-minute advertisement for American car giant Chrysler, about the resurgence of the auto industry in Detroit, Michigan.
In the clip, which debuted during the American football showdown on Sunday (05Feb12), Eastwood says, “They almost lost everything. But we all pulled together – now Motor City is fighting again. Yeah, it’s halftime, America. And our second half’s about to begin.”
Eastwood has refuted claims he is affiliated with Obama and has assured voters he didn’t pocket any money for the promo.
He tells Fox, “l am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about just about (sic) job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was OK.
“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.”