Clint Eastwood insisted on Monday that his Chrysler Super Bowl commercial was not some kind of political, pro-Obama ad.
In the two-minute ad Eastwood said it is "halftime in America," and talked about the comeback the city of Detroit and the auto industry has staged.
Critics, though, said it echoes Obama's policies.
"I'm a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but it is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the president of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising," Karl Rove said on Fox News.
But Eastwood told the network, "I just want to say that the spin stops with you guys, and there is no spin in that ad. On this I am certain. l am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about just about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was OK."