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'Clear eyes, full hearts,' don't use, Connie Britton says to Romney

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Jenny Rogers

Connie Britton is not happy, y'all. The "Nashville" star, who endeared herself to TV audiences as Tami Taylor on five seasons of "Friday Night Lights," has taken on Mitt Romney in a USA Today Op-Ed, slamming his use of the show's "clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" catchphrase.

Writing with "Friday Night Lights" producer Sarah Aubrey, Britton says the saying was a "rallying cry of hope and optimism in a community where everyone had a fair shot."

"So it has been surprising that the phrase has been usurped and co-opted by Mitt Romney and his campaign for their gain," they continue. "In fact, it is President Obama who has shown his values to be more closely aligned with those represented by the phrase."

They point out that beloved "Friday Night Lights" characters like Grandma Saracen needed affordable health care, and Smash Williams' mom worked at Planned Parenthood.

Britton and Aubrey aren't the first to object Romney's use of "clear eyes, full hearts" on the trail. "FNL" producer Peter Berg sent a stern note to the Romney campaign saying the candidate had "plagiarized this expression." And in an interview with NPR, President Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod ridiculed Romney's use of the phrase.

Axelrod did concede that, like Romney, he admires the show. Something all campaigns everywhere can agree on.

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Jenny Rogers

Staff Reporter - Yeas & Nays
The Washington Examiner