The Chrysler ad was praised by President Obama's adviser David Axelrod and criticized by GOP strategist Karl Rove for appearing to praise the government bailout of the auto industry. 

"I knew nothing about the ad until I saw it," Axelrod said on MSNBC Tuesday morning. "Honestly, I don't understand why every American doesn't feel good about the fact that the auto industry is coming back."

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday that the ad "has zero political content." White House press secretary Jay Carney praised the ad but said the administration had no involvement. 

"It was meant to be a message about just ... job growth and the spirit of America," Eastwood said. "I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was OK. ... If Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it."

He added that his compensation for the ad went to charity.

— This post was updated at 8:47 a.m.