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Clint Eastwood Stars In American Crossroads Ad For Mitt Romney

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Clint Eastwood is starring in a new ad for the super PAC American Crossroads on behalf of Mitt Romney, released Wednesday.

The ad begins with Eastwood's unmistakable voice narrating over factories and people in unemployment lines. "In the last few years, America has been knocked down," Eastwood says. "Twenty-three million can't find full-time work. And we borrow $4 billion every single day, much of it from China."

The ad then shows Obama, with Eastwood continuing, "If someone doesn't get the job done, you gotta hold 'em accountable. Obama's second term would be a rerun of the first and our country couldn't survive that."

Next, Romney appears and Eastwood says, "We need someone who can turn it around fast, and that man is Mitt Romney."

Then comes Eastwood's cameo.

"There's not much time left," he says, speaking to the camera, "and the future of our country is at stake."

The ad is part of a $12.6 million ad buy with two other ads and is airing in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia.

The 82-year-old actor and director gave a bizarre, improvised speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August endorsing Romney. He spoke to an empty chair representing an imaginary President Barack Obama.

The Wednesday ad -- more scripted than the speech -- was taped at Eastwood's home in California, according to Politico's Mike Allen.

Eastwood also narrated an ad in last January's Super Bowl for Chrysler that many interpreted as an endorsement of President Barack Obama's handling of the auto bailout, garnering criticism by Karl Rove, who co-founded Crossroads.

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