Tim Kiska: Hoekstra Ad Draws Fire … From Just About Everywhere

By Tim Kiska

U.S. Senate hopeful Pete Hoekstra’s Super Bowl ad is drawing attention. Just not the kind, perhaps, that he had hoped.

The ad features a woman of Asian descent thanking Debbie “Spend-it-now” for her help in driving up what is presumably the Chinese economy.

“Thank you Michigan Senator Debbie Spend-it-now. Debbie spends so much American money,” she says. “You borrow more and more from us. Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you Debbie Spend-it-now.”

The reaction was fast, furious and from varying quarters — including a few unlikely places.

Nick DeLeeuw, a conservative activist from the western part of the state, wrote that: “Racism and xenophobia aren’t any way to get things done.”

The “comments” section on the ad on YouTube has been disabled. And a note on YouTube said the ad would likely be removed.

But the reactions before the comments were disabled: Yikes.

“That’s the cutest darn crass, racial stereotype I ever saw,” one person wrote.

Another was less subtle. “What a [explitive] racist [explitive].”

The Democratic response, also on YouTube, argued that Hoekstra was no slouch in the spending category.

That, of course, is what some of his Republican opponents are saying about Hoekstra.

Gary Glenn, for instance, knocked Hoekstra for voting on the Wall Street bailout, which the Dems noted, as well.

Clark Durant, another of Hoekstra’s opponents, released a letter late Monday morning arguing that “In point of fact, he (Hoekstra), too, is the big government spender!”

At this point, a group of Detroit-area ministers is calling on Hoekstra to disavow the ad.

Hoekstra, speaking with reporters Monday morning, argued that the ad certainly “jump started” the debate on spending.

“We knew we were taking an aggressive approach on this,” he said. “But this is a time where the people in Michigan and across the country are fed up with the spending, and we wanted to capture that frustration that they had with Washington, D.C.”

Hoekstra said the ad was meant to be “satirical” and was only offensive to someone like Debbie Stabenow.

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  • liberty

    Isn’t it terrible when the real truth hurts. When the facts go against you, resort to saying you’re offended. Our Senators love to spend other peoples money.

    • Brent

      Our senators do love to spend our money, and so does Pete Hoekstra. He voted to give $700,000,000,000 of taxpayer money to Wall Street institutions, and he voted multiple times to raise the debt limit. I would fully support the anti-spending sentiment of his ad, if only he had actually practiced it during his 18-year career in the House.

  • Jon Bautel

    I am curious about all those people who are up in arms about Wall Street. I wonder if any of them have 401Ks, ROTH IRAs, IRAs, or other forms of investment funds or portfolios? We should be yelling and cursing at the bankers who did not follow do diligence or were so greedy as to let loans go through when they new they were risky at best. If you really want to bark at your politicians, lets talk pay increases and under the table dealings that end up in legislation. Have any of you ever read a bill all the way through after its passed hands to be sponsored.? If you have then you will understand what I mean. If we are going to take a politician to the stocks lets take them all along with the CEOs and consultants as well who set foreign policy. Then we will finish with pocketing diplomats.

  • Frank Burns

    Hoekstra will defend us from the Chinese. Look at this smiling Chinese girl, rubbing it in our faces about how they are stealing our jobs. I can’t tell you how much this irks me. And the fact that Hoekstra found this video she made just goes to show you that he is in tune with what is happening in this world.

  • ahumblescribe

    What really gets my goat is when people refer to citizens of other countries as “stealing our jobs”, as if they’re somehow breaking into the U.S. and making off with a bag full of manufacturing or apparel or telemarketing jobs. They’re not stealing our jobs. Our jobs are being given away by the corporations who’d rather pay grotesquely lower wages to people of third-world countries than pay an honest day’s wage for an honest day’s work to us here. Be angry at them, as well as the politicians who pass laws that allow them to do so, Democrat and Republican alike.

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