Bill Murray bugged by partisan politics

Feb. 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Bill Murray stuck up for fellow star Clint Eastwood for his Super Bowl commercial that quickly became a political football.

Murray said on CNBC's "Squawk Box" Friday that Eastwood's ad for Chrysler was "a very good message" that jibed with his own views on people working themselves out of a jam.

"I don't know why anyone would try to politicize it," Murray said. "It really sounds like…taking your own personal responsibility, and when you do that, then you can work with other people."

Eastwood's words on behalf of Chrysler were snapped up by some conservative pundits as a backhanded endorsement of President Obama and his controversial bailout of the auto industry at the start of the recession. Eastwood denied any such intention, and Murray chastised both parties for being more concerned with scoring political points against one another than improving the country.

"I don't want to sound like a Rotarian, but if you're not some sort of common good, and you're only serv(ing) your partisan alliance, then you're part of what's destructive," Murray said. "You're destroying something."

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