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Hoekstra launches 2nd ad after first drew heat

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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.

>> You can view the new ad by click play on the video at the top of this page.

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.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says Republican rival Pete Hoekstra should be "embarrassed" by his new campaign ad.

Meanwhile, Alicia Ping, an Asian-American Republican County Commissioner from Washtenaw County, has denounced Congressman Pete Hoekstra's recent Super Bowl ad as demeaning and hypocritical. 

"At first, I was deeply offended by the racial stereotyping and the demeaning character of Congressman Hoekstra's ad. And, the more I saw the ad and looked into the facts, I was also offended by Congressman Hoekstra's hypocrisy because of his own long voting record for irresponsible debt and spending, just like that of Senator Debbie Stabenow." said Ping. 

Ping, a former supporter of Congressman Hoekstra, has now switched her allegiance to Clark Durant. 

"I believe Mr. Durant represents the experience and character we want in our United States Senators."

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