Actor-director Clint Eastwood speaks to the audience at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 30, 2012 on the last day of the Republican National Convention (RNC). The RNC culminates today with the formal nomination of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as the GOP presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the US presidential election. AFP Stan HONDA (Photo: STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Clint Eastwood is starring in a new ad to support Republican Mitt Romney's election to the White House.
The "Dirty Harry" actor criticizes President Barack Obama's economic record over video of a shuttered factory and an unemployment line. Eastwood says a second term would be a, quote, "rerun of the first and our country just couldn't survive that."
The ad closes with a close-up of the Academy Award-winner facing the camera and arguing that the country needs Romney to turn things around.
The independent Republican group American Crossroads unveiled the ad Wednesday. It is part of a $12.6 million, three-ad buy in seven swing states - Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia.
Eastwood spoke at the Republican National Convention, berating an empty chair meant to represent Obama.
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