Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) is defending his first Senate campaign ad, which slams Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) as “Debbie Spend-it-now” and plays up fears of owing money to China against charges of racism.

The ad opens with an Asian woman on a bicycle in what appears to be a rice paddy. “Thank you, Michigan Sen. Debbie ‘Spend-it-now,’ ” the woman says in accented English. “Debbie spend so much American money 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 ad then cuts to Hoekstra. “I think this race for U.S. Senate is between Debbie ‘Spend-it-now’ and Pete ‘Spend-it-not.’ I’m Pete spend-it-not, and I approve this message,” he says.

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