Outrage and charges of racism over U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra's Super Bowl commercial

(WXYZ) - It's a political ad that's pushing the envelope.

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Pete Hoekstra, aired a spot on Super Bowl Sunday that's doing more than just raising eyebrows—it's already sparking protests.

Local religious and community leaders are outraged and call the ad "racist."  Ministers gathered for a news conference Monday to ask for an apology from the former U.S. Congressman.

Hoekstra says he doesn't see anything nasty in the ad at all.

The controversial ad features a young Asian woman speaking broken English saying:

"Thank you, Michigan Senator Debbie Spenditnow. 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 Spenditnow."

Watch the spot below:

Hoekstra's website DebbieSpendItNow.com is also getting a lot of flack.

Decked out with "Asian flair" including a Chinese dragon, a teapot, and even a fan that displays the face of Senator Stabenow, the website is pulling a lot of criticism being described as needlessly racist.

In response to the Hoekstra ad, the Stabenow campaign asked that we post the following Michigan Democratic Party ad.

So what do you think? Is the spot racist or just another political attack ad that we're used to seeing during election time? Leave your comments below.

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