Pete Hoekstra defends 2012 Super Bowl ads, Asian woman speaking broken English (Video)

By on Feb 7, 2012 in International, Politics, United States Comments

Michigan Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra had his 2012 Super Bowl ad titled “Now” against incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow, as shown in the video below, but is now being highly criticized even by his fellow Republicans.

Asian woman at Pete Hoekstra’s 2012 Super
Bowl ad, speaking broken English

Image Credit: hoekstraforsenate/YouTube

As noted in the US news sites on Monday, February 6, 2012, Pete Hoekstra’s Super Bowl ad shows a young Asian woman speaking broken English, and apparently hitting Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow for alleged overspending.

“Thank you, Michigan Senator Debbie Spenditnow. Debbie spends so much American money. You borrow more and more from us.” The woman said on the video, as she stopped from biking and talked to the camera.

“Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you, Debbie Spenditnow.” The woman added, with Hoekstra appearing later and noted that the US Senate race is between Debbie Spenditnow and Pete Spenditnot.

Incidentally, a website called was created as anti-Debbie Stabenow, where the YouTube can also be found, while is the official campaign website of Pete Hoekstra.

Meanwhile, Republican consultant Mike Murphy disagrees, and condemned the 30-second ad via Twitter, “Pete Hoekstra Superbowl TV ad in MI Senate race really, really dumb. I mean really.”

Apparently, there were others also criticizing Hoekstra including the nonpartisan group Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote group’s Michigan chapter, accusing him of racial insensitivity.

“It is very disturbing that Mr. Hoekstra‘s campaign chose to use harmful negative stereotypes that intrinsically encourage anti-Asian sentiment.” The Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote group was quoted in a statement.

Nevertheless, Pete Hoekstra defended his political ad and emphasized that it should only offend Debbie Stabenow and her spending; and does not criticize the Chinese people and their English.

“We knew we were taking an aggressive approach on this, but this is a time when the people of Michigan and across the country are fed up with the spending,” Hoekstra was quoted in a press conference on Monday.

“It hits Debbie smack dab between the eyes where she is vulnerable with the voters of Michigan…This is not a nasty Hoekstra at all. This is about as fact-checked and accurate you can get.” Hoekstra added.

Pete Hoekstra’s 2012 Super Bowl ad “Now”
Video Credit: hoekstraforsenate/YouTube

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