DETROIT (AP) — Republican Senate hopeful Pete Hoekstra has launched a campaign ad days after taking heat from many sides for a spot that ran in Michigan before the Super Bowl featuring a young Asian woman speaking broken English.
The 30-second ad launched Thursday also takes aim at Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow as the first did, but features a voiceover by Hoekstra and an image of the US Capitol.
Hoekstra spokesman Paul Ciaramitaro says the new commercial "is being added to the rotation" but doesn't replace the ad that debuted Sunday.
Many Republicans and Democrats criticized the earlier ad, which opens with the sound of a gong and shows the woman riding a bike on a path lined by rice paddies. She thanks "Michigan Senator Debbie Spenditnow" for helping China's economy improve.