Clint Talks to Camera, Not an Empty Chair, in Ad for Romney

Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida.

He’s given dozens of memorable performances on film.

Plus one now infamous performance talking to an empty chair.

Now Clint Eastwood is appearing in an ad supporting Mitt Romney.

Scheduled to begin running today in several battleground states including Virginia and Ohio, the American Crossroads ad “At Stake” is narrated by Eastwood and begins with moody, melancholic music over shots of an empty factory and workers standing in line.

“In the last few years, America has been knocked down,” the ad begins. “Twenty-three million can’t find full time work. And we borrow $4 billion every single day, much of it from China,” Eastwood warns. “We need someone who can turn it around fast, and that man is Mitt Romney.”

The ad concludes with Eastwood talking directly to the camera, saying, “There’s not much time left, and the future of our country is at stake.”


The last time Eastwood got involved in such a high-profile way in politics, it was at the Republican National Convention in Tampa back in August. On the night Romney accepted his party’s nomination, Eastwood held an entire conversation with an empty chair, which he pretended was occupied by President Obama. The result was a Twitter storm, including a popular hashtag #eastwooding, and new accounts like @InvisibleObama with tens of thousands of followers. Polling ranked it among the key highlights of the convention.

Check out some other great digital heckling moments from the campaign.

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