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Hoekstra Misfires

2:25 PM, Feb 6, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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This Super Bowl TV ad by Michigan Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra is drawing a lot of attention--and not in a good way:

Michael O'Brien reports at MSNBC.com:

Michigan Republican Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra's came under scrutiny Monday for a controversial Super Bowl ad targeting Democratic opponent Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Hoekstra's campaign aired an ad on Sunday depicting an Asian woman speaking in broken English, facetiously thanking Stabenow for encouraging federal spending.

"Thank you Michigan Sen. Debbie Spend-it-now. Debbie spends so much American money -- you borrow more and more from us. Your economy get very weak; ours get very good. We take your jobs," the woman says in the ad. [...]

The ad faced additional criticism from both Democrats and Republicans alike.

"Pete Hoekstra had a wardrobe malfunction this Super Bowl weekend and it was not pretty," said Shripal Shah, a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman.

Republican consultant Mike Murphy, meanwhile, wrote on Twitter: "Pete Hoekstra Superbowl TV ad in MI Senate race really, really dumb. I mean really."

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