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Debbie Stabenow: AdWatch: criticized for spending funds borrowed from China

Michigan residents watching the Super Bowl last night may have noticed an unusual political ad that aired during Sunday's game. In it, a young Chinese woman is seen riding a bike through what appears to be a rice paddy. She stops to tell the viewer all about Democratic Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow's spending. As a result of spending, she informs us, the U.S. has to borrow more money from China and "your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you, Debbie Spenditnow!"

The ad is for Stabenow's rival, former congressman and current Senatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra. Hoekstra visited America Live Monday afternoon to address claims that his ad is inappropriate and plays on racially-charged stereotypes that, as one group put it, "encourage anti-Asian sentiment."

"The only group of people that this ad is anti" Hoekstra said, "it's anti-Debbie Stabenow, it's anti-Barack Obama, the spending policies of the liberal left."

Source: Mediaite.com's 2012 MI Senate ad review Feb 6, 2012

Peter Hoekstra: AdWatch: It's not racist to note that US funds help China

In Hoekstra's Super Bowl ad, a young Chinese woman rides a bike through a rice paddy. As a result of Debbie Stabenow's spending, she informs us, the US has to borrow more money from China and "your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you, Debbie Spenditnow!"

Hoekstra addressed claims that his ad is inappropriate and plays on racially-charged stereotypes: "The only group of people that this ad is anti" Hoekstra said, "it's anti-Debbie Stabenow, it's anti-Barack Obama, the spending policies of the liberal left."

"You'll notice that the ad," he continued, "points to the opportunities that America's dumb economic policies--deficit spending, trillion dollars of deficits & debt--it creates the opportunities for counties like China and others to take advantage of our weakness."

When asked about the young woman speaking broken English, Hoekstra responded, "it's not a stereotype at all. This is a young woman in China who is speaking English. That's quite an achievement."

Source: Mediaite.com's 2012 MI Senate ad review Feb 6, 2012

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