(LOS ANGELES TIMES) —Clint Eastwood defended his now-controversial Chrysler ad that aired during the Super bowl, in which he implored the nation to overcome its differences and work together to revive the economy, denying any ties to President Obama and saying that the spot was intended to be apolitical.
Eastwood on Monday evening gave a statement to Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor”–an implicit nod to conservatives who might have been riled by what they viewed as an Obama reelection campaign commercial. The ad celebrates the city of Detroit, suggesting that it was teetering on the edge of collapse before the residents “all pulled together,” as Eastwood says in the spot.
It was unclear to viewers what the ad was promoting because no cars are shown and Chrysler’s name isn’t mentioned until the end. But “all pulled together” was seen by critics such as Karl Rove as code for the government’s bailout of Chrysler and General Motors. Rove on Monday accused Eastwood and Chrysler of working hand-and-hand with Obama’s campaign.