Clint Eastwood is back on the campaign trail, drumming up support for Mitt Romney and belittling President Barack Obama – but this time from within the safe confines of scripted, pre-recorded remarks.
The Hollywood icon caused widespread consternation – within the Romney campaign, as well as in the country – with his rambling diatribe against Mr Obama during the Republican national convention.
Then, he spent the better part of 15 minutes having a bizarre conversation laced with suggested profanities with an empty stool, on which the president was supposed to have been sitting. This ate up scarce minutes of prime-time broadcast, and raised questions about how the detail-focused Romney campaign could have let Mr Eastwood out on the stage without vetting his remarks.
But now, the veteran actor is back playing a new part, this time starring in a new ad from American Crossroads, the outside group run by Karl Rove, the former Bush adviser, which supports Mr Romney’s candidacy for president.