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Pete Hoekstra Scrubs Racially Tinged Super Bowl Ad from Internet

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- While it aired on television only in the state of Michigan, Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra’s racially charged Super Bowl ad soon became the perceived slur heard round the country.

Now, after a deluge of criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike, the Hoekstra campaign has scrubbed the ad from the Internet, wiping it from his Facebook page, YouTube channel and campaign website.

But Hoekstra has yet to be anything but supportive of his ad, which features an Asian woman riding through rice paddies and thanking Hoekstra’s Senate rival in broken English for outsourcing U.S. jobs to China.

The ad accuses Hoekstra’s Senate election rival, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., of supporting deficit spending in Congress and dubs her “Debbie Spend-It-Now.”

The ad’s actress, Lisa Chan, a recent University of California at Berkeley graduate, said in a Facebook post that she feels “horrible about my participation” in the ad, which was “absolutely a mistake.”

Hoekstra was unmoved.

“It’s not a stereotype at all,” he told Fox’s Megyn Kelly when asked a day after the Super Bowl whether the actress’ faked broken dialect was an unfair stereotype. "Through the creative [design of the ad] this is a young woman in China who’s speaking English. That’s quite an achievement."

A statement saying “this video has been removed by the user” now appears on Hoekstra’s YouTube page where the clip of this Fox interview used to be. Hoekstra’s campaign declined to comment on removing the ad.

The super PAC American Values, which is launching a campaign against Hoekstra over his controversial ad, has claimed partial credit for Hoekstra’s attempts to wipe the ad from the Web.

“It was less than 72 hours after we put this ad up and started sending it out to national press that he actually started scrubbing the ad from the internet,” said Jesse Tangkhpanya, the national political director at American Values. “He basically is trying to walk away from this issue but we are not letting go.”

The super PAC released an ad Friday condemning Hoekstra’s “racially tinged ad.”

“Congressman Pete Hoekstra, shame on you,” says the ad’s narrator after clips of Hoekstra’s Super Bowl ad.

“I can tell you right now that we are not going to stop until he actually apologizes,” Tangkhpanya said. “We are going to keep building up the pressure.”

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Actress in ‘Offensive’ Pete Hoekstra Ad Apologizes

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The actress who portrayed an Asian girl speaking broken English while riding her bike through rice paddies in a Super Bowl campaign ad for Rep. Pete Hoekstra is now apologizing for the ad, which has been deemed “racist” and “offensive” by people from both parties.

“It was absolutely a mistake on my part and one that, over time, I hope can be forgiven,” actress Lisa Chan wrote on her Facebook page. “I feel horrible about my participation, and I am determined to resolve my actions.”

Hoekstra, a Republican from Michigan, is challenging Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow for her U.S. Senate seat.

Chan, a 21-year-old San Francisco Bay Area resident, said she was, “deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities.

The 30-second Hoekstra ad begins with the resounding sound of a gong as Chan bicycles down a narrow dirt path bordered by rice paddies. A pointed straw hat hangs on her back as she thanks Hoekstra’s Michigan Senate race opponent, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, for supporting policies that send American jobs to China.

“Debbie spend so much American money, you borrow more and more from us,” Chan says in broken English. "Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you, Debbie. 'Spend It Now.'”

Hoekstra’s campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the ad or Chan’s remorse over participating in it.

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‘Offensive’ Pete Hoekstra Ad Draws Big Bucks for Rival

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The controversial campaign ad that ignited an onslaught of criticism against Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra has inspired a flood of fundraising for his chief rival, incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

Within hours after the Hoekstra ad aired during the Super Bowl Feb. 5, featuring an Asian girl commending “Debbie Spend-It-Now” in broken English for shipping U.S. jobs to China, Stabenow launched a "money bomb” in response to what she called the “shocking” and “nasty” ad.

As of Friday, Stabenow’s money “bomb” had brought in $155,720, about $11,000 more than Hoekstra spent on the ad attacking her.

Critics on both sides of the aisle lambasted Hoekstra’s ad last week, calling it “offensive and insensitive,” “very disturbing” and “really, really dumb.”

The ad attacks Stabenow for supporting policies in the Senate that lead to U.S. jobs being outsourced to China.

Hoekstra replaced the controversial ad Thursday and redirected the accompanying web page,, which featured Stabenow’s face on an Asian fan, stereotypical Asian music and gongs, to his campaign homepage.

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Senate Candidate Under Fire for Super Bowl Ad

Win McNamee/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Amid spring-loaded babies and Ferris Bueller flashbacks, there was one Super Bowl ad that had few people laughing. While it ran only in Michigan, U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra’s campaign ad featuring an Asian woman speaking broken English is being criticized Monday around the country.

In the ad, Hoekstra, a former U.S. House Representative, dubs his Democratic Senate rival Debbie Stabenow “Debbie Spend It Now” for supporting policies that cause American jobs and investments to be outsourced to China.

“Debbie spend so much American money, you borrow more and more from us,” says a young Asian woman riding her bike through rice paddies at the beginning of the 30-second ad. “You’re economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you, Debbie ‘Spend It Now.’”

It is the racial undertones of the ad that have critics up in arms.

Hoekstra responded to the barrage of criticism Sunday night, writing on his Facebook page that “Democrats trying to make this an issue of race demonstrates their total ignorance of job creation policies.”

He said Monday that he thinks the ad has been “very effective.”

“It’s a very straightforward message,” Hoekstra told the Detroit Free Press. “There’s nothing racist in this ad. This is all about holding Debbie accountable for her reckless spending.”

The $150,000 ad buy is set to air across Michigan for two weeks. The Hoekstra campaign did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.

Late last month, Vice President Joe Biden made headlines for affecting an Indian accent during a speech about outsourcing.

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