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"Nashville" star Connie Britton and her fellow actress, Sarah Aubrey, have criticized the Mitt Romney campaign for borrowing from "Friday Night Lights."
The phrase "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" was borrowed by the Romney administration for campaign efforts. But according to Britton, who plays the role of Tami Taylor on the NBC drama, it is President Obama who should be canning the phrase and not Romney.
"In fact, it is President Obama who has shown his values to be more closely aligned with those represented by the phrase," Britton wrote in an op-ed for USA Today, adding that the phrase isn't "just about winning games."
"Dillon is a classic American town filled with hard-working, middle-class Americans, who just want to lead productive, healthy lives," the actress said speaking of the FNL town. "And the women we represented on the show -- the women we are in real life -- are like the millions of women across the nation."
She also offered her reasoning for suggesting that Obama was a more likely candidate to own up to the phrase, beginning with his first piece of legislature.
"The first measure he signed into law after becoming president was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- so a female high school counselor or physical education teacher can fight for equal pay for equal work," she wrote. "And President Obama's landmark Affordable Care Act has been transformative for women."
According to recent polls, voters who will have some of the most control in the upcoming election will be white women between the ages of 18 and 29. Britton touched on this, adding that all women should unite under like causes.
"So as women, let's take "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts" back and use it as it was always intended -- as a motivator for progress, power, and greatness," she stated. "If we women make ourselves aware of the issues and make our voices heard, we most certainly cannot lose."