Grapevine: Controversy over Super Bowl ads

Which commercials are taking heat?


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Halftime Report

One of the Super Bowl ads that received the most attention last night featured Clint Eastwood's "Halftime in America" spot for Chrysler.

The premise is that it is time for the country to make an economic comeback.


CLINT EASTWOOD, ACTOR: We're all scared, because this isn't a game. The people of Detroit know a little something about this. They almost lost everything.

But we all pulled together, now Motor City is fighting again.


Today, a Chrysler spokesman acknowledged that parts of that ad were actually shot in Los Angeles and New Orleans.

And that the only Detroit scenes were actually previously filmed nothing new for this ad.

Negative Feedback

Another Super Bowl spot which aired in Michigan is also taking heat.

Michigan Republican Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra ran this ad in an attempt to paint Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow as a big spender.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you Michigan Senator Debbie Spend-It-Now. Debbie spends 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.


Critics have come out of the woodwork from a coalition of black ministers, to the Asian and Pacific Islander American vote group which said in a statement -- quote -- "It is very disturbing that Mr. Hoekstra's campaign chose to use harmful negative stereotypes that intrinsically encourage anti-Asian sentiment."

Even Republican consultant Mike Murphy tweeted the ad was quote -- "really, really dumb."

Hoekstra maintains the ad was fair and not stereotyping -- quote -- "We have an economic growth rate around two percent. China's coming off a nine percent growth rate...This ad hits the Democrats exactly where it hurts."

Not Paid in Full

And finally, debt is a word familiar to most Americans whether referring to personal or national debt. The president is often at the center of debt discussions.

It turns out he has some debt of his own.

A Chicago TV station reports the city of Springfield, Illinois is still waiting for a $55,000 reimbursement for police overtime during a campaign event for then-candidate Obama in August of 2008.

City officials say they have contacted the Obama campaign, the Democratic Party, the Secret Service, and even the president himself.

Meanwhile, the cash-strapped state capital is still out 55 grand.