Rick Perry invokes Chrysler Super Bowl ad in CPAC speech

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Both Eastwood and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne have since said the company's Super Bowl ad was not political. 

“We are as apolitical as you can make us,” Marchionne said of the Super Bowl ad in an interview with Detroit radio station WJR. “I wasn’t expressing a view, and certainly nobody inside Chrysler was attempting to influence decisions.”

Perry, who has endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) for the GOP nomination, said Thursday that the coming election was "not about economic misery or runaway spending, but about what kind of leadership replaces Obama.

"We must stop pretending that the main goal of Republican governance is doing the the same thing as Democrats but spending less,” Perry said.