With 'Clear Eyes, Full Hearts,' Romney Can't Lose?

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Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has been using a new phrase on the campaign trail that's borrowed from one of his favorite TV shows, Friday Night Lights.


On the trail, Mitt Romney has a new rallying cry.

MITT ROMNEY: Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose.

CORNISH: But wait - we've heard those words before.


KYLE CHANDLER: (as Eric Taylor) Clear eyes, full hearts...

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As character) Can't lose!

CORNISH: That's coach Eric Taylor and his football team, in the TV show "Friday Night Lights."


Whenever the going got tough, the hero - played by Kyle Chandler - would rally his boys in the locker room with those words; a motto for the football field, and for life.


CHANDLER: (as Eric Taylor) Let's hear it, gentlemen. Clear eyes, full hearts...

UNIDENTIFIED ACTORS: (As characters) Can't lose!

CHANDLER: (as Eric Taylor) Let's go play some football! Let's go, Panthers!


CORNISH: The TV show, which ended last year, had a small but extremely passionate following, which includes Mitt and Ann Romney. In the past week, the Republican candidate has repeated that slogan - with his own twist.

ROMNEY: This is something that we share, in this country - men and women of clear eyes and full hearts, and America can't lose.


DAVID AXELROD: It doesn't surprise me that he's drawing inspiration from fiction because almost everything he's doing, right now, is a fiction.

SIEGEL: That's the response we got from David Axelrod, one of President Obama's top campaign advisers. Axelrod does, however, agree with Mitt Romney that "Friday Night Lights" is a very good show.


CORNISH: So where did all this come from? Before last week's debate, Romney was waiting in a locker room at the University of Denver. His aides put up a poster there, with the slogan.


CORNISH: And just as in the TV show, Romney tapped it as he passed by, heading out into the glare of the Wednesday night lights, to score some touchdowns.


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