Clint Eastwood stars in new pro-Romney ad

In a convention otherwise scripted down to the second, Clint Eastwood's appearance was the one unrehearsed moment. But, did Eastwood's "distraction" take away from Mitt Romney's big moment? Anthony Mason reports.

Actor and director Clint Eastwood is back on the political stage in a new pro-Mitt Romney TV ad. But unlike his ad-libbed speech at the Republican National Convention, Eastwood uses no empty chairs and no comedy in the sober - and scripted - ad from the third-party political group, American Crossroads. (Watch Eastwood's convention speech below.)

In the ad, Eastwood says "America's been knocked down" and that President Obama needs to be held "accountable." In the 30-second spot, Eastwood points to high unemployment and deficits.

"Obama's second term would be a rerun of the first, and our country just couldn't survive that," Eastwood says. "We need someone who can turn it around fast. That man is Mitt Romney. There's not much time left and the future of our country is at stake."

The ad, "At Stake," will run in seven states - Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia - and is part of a larger $12.6 million multi-ad campaign and is in addition to the $4.2 million ad buy targeting women voters released Tuesday by sister organization Crossroads GPS.

Another component of today's ad buy from the Karl Rove-backed group includes a spot airing in Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and Virginia focusing on small businesses. Small business owner Barbara Spyridakis says "the last four years have been really tough." Skip Wolfford, another business owner, says "Obama's policies are the problem."

The third new ad, airing in Ohio, New Hampshire, Nevada, Florida and Virginia focuses on China policy, an issue Mitt Romney has been touting heavily on the campaign trail, especially in Midwestern battleground states. In the ad, a narrator says the president "talked tough on China" but "Obama's given China a free pass."

Showing a picture of Mr. Obama greeting, and bowing, to Chinese President Hu Jintao, the narrator concludes, "The more Obama borrows on China, the more we'll have to bow to China."

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