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With the general election less than two weeks away, on Wednesday "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a host of political pundits and electoral analysts to discuss recent developments in the race for the White House.
On the heels of a new Clint Eastwood ad., during which the four-time Academy Award winner continues his support of Mitt Romney, Katie Pavlich added her perspective to the television spot:
"Clint Eastwood is making one point here, and he says that the middle class in America has not been successful in the past four years, and if you take Joe Biden's term that the middle class has been buried, I think that Clint Eastwood agrees with the vice president on that, " said the conservative columnist and political commentator. "He's supporting Mitt Romney, and with good reason, based upon the economic numbers."
Joining Piers Morgan in-studio, Charles Blow saw it differently:
"I don't see how it helps him [Eastwood] in the long run as a Hollywood actor, and I really don't even see how it helps Mitt Romney."
Referring to the man who first showed support for Barack Obama by praising the auto bailout in the "Halftime in America" Chrysler Super Bowl commercial, only to later support Romney via an empty chair at the Republican National Convention, Blow fails to see the benefit of a Clint Eastwood endorsement:
"Clint Eastwood did Mitt Romney a lot of harm before this ad."
Also in on the discussion Wednesday night was Van Jones, who listed the Eastwood ad. as simply another in a long line of recent Republican missteps:
"Look at today. Today is the Republican Party just kind of going off the rails. You've got 'Mr. Empty Chair' making his big debut. You've got Donald Trump coming back out, with his sort of 'Birtherism 2.0' remix. Sarah Palin comes out and says the president is 'shucking and jiving,' wink, wink, nod, nod. And then you have [Richard] Mourdock come out, and confirms, that there's a big strain inside the Republican Party that apparently thinks the government should force women to bear the children, of their rapists," says the president and co-founder of "Rebuild the Dream."
"The true character of some of the extreme elements in this party – and just some of the wacky elements of this party – are rushing to the floor. It is not good timing for Mitt Romney."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Pavlich, Blow, and Jones further debate the direction of the GOP.
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