Republican candidate airs racially charged ‘Debbie Spenditnow’ ad during Super Bowl

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, February 5, 2012 14:52 EDT
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A Super Bowl ad for U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra uses an Asian woman speaking in broken English to accuse his rival, Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow, of helping the Chinese economy.

“Thank you Michigan Senator Debbie Spenditnow,” the woman says in the 30-second ad as she rides her bike through a rice paddy field.

“Debbie spends so much American money, you borrow more and more, from us. You’re economy get very weak, ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you Debbie Spenditnow.”

Hoekstra then appears in a new frame, saying, “I think this race for Michigan Senate is between Debbie ‘spend-it-now’ and Pete ‘spend-it-not.’”

His $150,000 ad buy begins in Michigan during the Super Bowl and will run for two weeks.

It is not the first time conservatives have used fears of a rising communist China in advertisements.

During his campaign in 2011, Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) ran an ad that depicted the Chinese army marching on the U.S. Capitol, thanks to President Barack Obama raising the federal debt limit.

Another ad produced by the conservative group Citizens Against Government Waste showed a Chinese professor in the year 2030 explaining that Americans now “work for us” because of U.S. debt.

In a statement, Hoekstra’s explains that the ad contrasts his “penny pinching agenda” with the “big-spending policies” of Stabenow.

But the Michigan Democratic Party released its own ad on Sunday, which highlights Hoekstra record of spending while serving in the U.S. House from 1993 until 2011.

“Hoekstra’s attempt at a Hollywood-style makeover is incredibly hypocritical because the fact is, Pete spends a lot,” said Mark Brewer, Chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party.

“Hoekstra voted for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout and voted for trillions more in deficit spending before quitting Congress to get rich at a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm,” he added. “Hoekstra is using the big game to play games with Michigan voters, covering up his real record on deficit spending and rigging the rules for the big money insiders he serves.”

Watch both ads below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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