February 7th, 2012
09:44 AM ET

Senate candidate defends Super Bowl ad depicting Asian woman

By Lisa Sylvester, CNN Correspondent

(CNN) - In the political world, it was the most talked-about ad from Sunday night's Super Bowl telecast. Pete Hoekstra, running for Senate in Michigan against incumbent Debbie Stabenow, hit the Democrat for her record on spending. But some are criticizing the spot for being blatantly racist.

The 30-second ad features a young Asian woman riding a bike through rice paddies speaking in unaccented but broken English:

"Thank you, Michigan Senator Debbie Spenditnow," the woman said. "Debbie spend so much American money. You borrow more and more from us. Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you, Debbie Spenditnow."

The ad debuted during the Super Bowl in Michigan television markets, and is accompanied with a website that includes Chinese characters and titles like the "Great Wall of Debt."

The ad is being lambasted by critics who call its depiction of the Asian woman racist.

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  1. Tiffany Hsiang

    I am a republican . I came to US when I was 23. I got my MS degree in computer science from US. I am 50 years old. I got laid off already 3 years because the Corporate America outsource the jobs to India and China. This ads makes me very uncomfortable. I am American and I like this country much more than China. I think the american deficit problem owes to the government protect the Corporate America outsource the jobs or directly hired the people from India for cheaper cost . The government don't care the middle class and whoever gives them the most money will control the government.

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