By Meghashyam Mali - 10/24/12 11:27 AM EDT
American Crossroads unveiled a new television ad Wednesday featuring Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood slamming President Obama on his economic record.
“Through the last few years, America's been knocked down. Twenty-three million people can't find full-time work, and we borrow $4 billion every single day, much of it from China,” says the famed actor and director in the ad.
The Eastwood spot is one of three new television ads launched by Crossroads Wednesday as part of a $12.6 million swing-state blitz.
The ads will run in seven key battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia.
Eastwood attracted attention earlier this year when he delivered an ad-libbed address to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., addressing an empty chair onstage as “Mr. Obama” and pretending to address questions to the president.
The speech went viral, with Democrats mocking it as bizarre and inappropriate and many Romney supporters defending the address as a humorous skit.
President Obama, though, brushed off the controversy, calling himself a “huge Clint Eastwood fan.”
Eastwood, who endorsed Romney in August, has been a vocal supporter of GOP candidates and conservative causes in the past.
Still, in January, Eastwood appeared in a Super Bowl ad for Chrysler, praising the resurgence of the auto industry. Republicans charged that the ad was an endorsement of the auto bailout, but Eastwood and Chrysler denied it was politically motivated.
This story was updated at 9:40 a.m.