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Friday Night writer to Romney: Don’t copy

Peter Berg is accusing Mitt Romney of plagiarising a phrase from the show to use as a campaign slogan

  • AP
  • Published: 13:59 October 13, 2012
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  • FILE - This 2006 photo, provided by NBC Universal, shows actors Connie Britton, standing center left, as Tami Taylor, Kyle Chandler, foreground, as Eric Taylor in the NBC series "Friday Night Lights." Mitt Romney is giving a campaign-trail twist to an inspirational slogan from the TV series "Friday Night Lights" as he rides an upswing in polls after last week’s debate. The coach of the football team at fictional West Dillon High School in rural Texas would build up the Panthers by saying, "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose!" “Friday Night Lights” aired on NBC and DirectTV over five years, ending last year, and remains a Romney favorite. (AP Photo/NBC, Bill Records)
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The creator of TV’s “Friday Night Lights” is accusing Mitt Romney of plagiarising a phrase from the show to use as a campaign slogan.

Peter Berg wrote a letter to Romney on Friday saying he’s “not thrilled” that the Republican presidential candidate is using the phrase “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” on campaign posters and his Facebook page.

On the TV show, a small-town Texas football coach uses the phrase to inspire his players before taking the field.

Berg’s agent distributed the letter to the media. In it, the writer-director-actor says Romney’s politics and campaign aren’t aligned with the themes of the TV series.

Berg goes on to thank the governor for supporting the show but says, “Please come up with your own campaign slogan.”

The Romney campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

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