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Posted on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 : 5:30 p.m.

Hoekstra takes down controversial Chinese-themed website

By Staff

Republican Senate hopeful Pete Hoekstra took down his controversial Chinese-themed website that coincided with a political ad against Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow, the Detroit News has reported.


Pete Hoekstra

Hoekstra on Thursday launched a campaign ad days after taking heat for a spot that ran in Michigan before the Super Bowl featuring a young Asian woman speaking broken English.

The new 30-second ad takes aim at incumbent Stabenow, as the first did, but features a voiceover by Hoekstra and an image of the U.S. Capitol. Hoekstra spokesman Paul Ciaramitaro said the new commercial "is being added to the rotation" but doesn't replace the ad that debuted Sunday.

The accompanying website now redirects to Hoekstra's campaign site.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 3:07 p.m.

You have to give Pete credit. He is like the energizer bunny he keeps going and going trying to get elected.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 6:10 a.m.

Hoekstra does not deserve credit and I would not denigrate the energizer bunny by comparing it to him. Impropriety does not produce respect.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 2:37 p.m.

Whats the problem,his ad was no more offensive than the rest of the GOP grade school smears.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 2:33 p.m.

If you vote for Hoekstra then you vote for a man that raised the American debt with China and was part of the bank bailouts. Why is this guy trying to get elected so he can harm the American economy again.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 2:17 p.m.

Well, if people want to run the country on stereotypes and mis-information, maybe Hoekstra is the man for the job! Based on comments I read here, and on other blogs, there are a LOT of people that DO want to run the country that way. It makes me sad. Profligate spending was all the rage for the last administration in DC, along with cutting revenue to the bone. Where were The Whiners then? Why was it OK to spend a trillion in Iraq but it is not OK to spend at home when the economy needs a kick start? Was it truly better for the USA to build the Laura Bush Hospital in Iraq (massive cost over runs and way past deadline), but it is gosh darn evil socialism to rebuild our roads? Why was it fine for Hoekstra to vote to increase our debt limit then, but bad for Stabenow to do it now? Why was it OK for Halliburton to set vehicles on fire rather than repair them, at US tax payer expense, but now The Whiners are upset over Solyndra? Why was it OK for pallets of cash, LITERALLY PALLETS OF HUNDRED DOLLAR BILLS, to go missing while Hoekstra said nothing, but when we can document stimulus spending it is bad? Why was it OK to bail out multi-millionaire hedge fund managers, but it was bad to bail out the Michigan auto industry? All I can come up with is: If Hoekstra spent it then Over There, that was good, if Stabenow spends it now here, that is bad. Great.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 1:37 p.m.

Whichever side of the issue you're on, the problem here is these types of ads mislead and don't really inform. Not to mention they're highly negative and inflammatory. This is just a small example of the kind of mudslinging we're going to see later in the year as the election gets closer.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 1:45 p.m.

when you can't win by focusing on the facts you have to obfuscate and misdirect the public's attention.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 12:46 p.m.

Shame on the media for focusing on the poor execution of the ad rather than on the important message. We need to get serious about competing with China and stop borrowing money from China and sending them our technolog and our jobs. Read more at <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 2:24 p.m.

just so you can look for yourself. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 1:44 p.m.

you do realize that 8% of our national debt is owned by China. Whereas 80% is held by AMERICANS. where's the fear mongering about the impending doom from that? Nowhere, because you can't cry &quot;they took our jobs!&quot; at fellow americans. that would be unpatriotic.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 2 a.m.

way to implode dude!


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 1:37 a.m.

I think that its ironic that Hoekstra is calling out Stabenow for spending, when he voted to bail out wall street banks and she did not.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 6:51 p.m.

Throw in pathetic for good measure.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 1:43 p.m.

facts like that have no place in political discourse. it will only force people to think, and that is clearly not the aim of people such as Hoekstra.

David Briegel

Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 12:43 a.m.

Any genius who thinks that this buffoon will be any better is as delusional as the slimy salamander who thinks he should be Pres!


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 6:03 a.m.

antikvetch and David Briegel: I am glad that both of you clarified your respect for President Obama who, I think, will go down in history as one of our best Presidents, along side Lincoln and FDR who successfully confronted monumental problems also (not including the Republican party).

David Briegel

Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 1:24 a.m.

The fact that you would confuse our fine Pres with a newt, doesn't speak well for you!


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 1:19 a.m.

Mr. Briegel, it seems disrespectful to refer to our current president as a &quot;slimy salamander&quot;. Some decorum, Sir.

Michigan Man

Thu, Feb 9, 2012 : 10:44 p.m.

Saline area Ping sisters seem to have much in common with the Chicago area Daley brothers.


Thu, Feb 9, 2012 : 10:43 p.m.

You mean Debbie Spenditnow? Hehe........very funny ad. And true!


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 1:55 p.m.

VS Pete &quot;Ispentitthen&quot; Hoekstra? $700,000,000,000 for TARP- Hoekstra (r)-Yes Increase debt limit- Hoekstra (r)-Yes, 5 times &quot;Pay go&quot; Legislation - Hoekstra (r)-No Increase Medicare spending via Part &quot;D&quot;- Hoekstra (r)-Yes


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 1:42 p.m.

you're right, it is true. Hoekstra is, in fact, a race-baiting bigot who stoops to the lowest common denominator to garner votes.