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More 2012: Hoekstra defends racially charged ad

Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra, running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, is defending an ad his campaign ran during the Super Bowl using a Chinese girl speaking broken English to attack Stabenow.

“The only group of people that this ad is ‘anti’ - it’s anti-Debbie Stabenow; it’s anti-Barack Obama, the spending policies of the liberal left,” Hoekstra said on FOX. “You’ll notice that the ad points to the opportunities that America’s dumb economic policies - deficit spending, trillion dollars of deficits, trillions and trillions of debt - it creates the opportunities for countries like China and others to take advantage of our weakness. … It weakens the U.S. economy, and it strengthens our competitors.”