Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) has removed his controversial Super Bowl ad from the Internet.
Hoesktra, who's running for a chance to challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), had previously defended the ad, which featured a young Asian woman riding a bicycle past rice paddies and thanking Debbie "Spenditnow" for borrowing so much money from China. The actress spoke ungrammatical English with a stereotypical Chinese accent.
But on Thursday, the commercial -- and accompanying website -- were replaced, The Detroit News reports:
Along with the Super Bowl ad that featured a Chinese-American actress speaking broken English, the GOP Senate hopeful launched a website, www.DebbieSpenditnow.com, that included Chinese characters, paper lanterns, parade dragons, Democratic opponent Debbie Stabenow’s face on a Chinese fan and the controversial ad. The Web address now sends users to Hoekstra’s traditional Senate campaign page.
Asked about the switch, Hoekstra campaign spokesman Paul Ciaramitaro said in an e-mail: "After hundreds of thousands of visitors to the micro-site saw our first campaign ad and the effects of Stabenow's reckless spending, we wanted to direct traffic to Pete's site where voters can see our second ad, which lays out Pete's vision of fiscal discipline and economic growth."
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