During the Vietnam War, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain survived air-combat missions, a bayonet wound, countless injuries and, perhaps most harrowing of all, an extended stay as a prisoner of war at the Hanoi Hilton.
But can his political career survive a different Hilton?
In a 30-second campaign ad that debuted last week, McCain mocked Democratic rival Senator Barack Obama's image as a media star by flashing pictures of tabloid staples Paris Hilton and Britney Spears in the opening shots. On Tuesday (August 5), Hilton shot back at the spot in her own fake commercial hosted on FunnyOrDie.com, calling the 71-year-old senator "wrinkly" and "old."
To the tune of "America the Beautiful," a bikini-clad Hilton goes on to discuss in the video where you can get the best tan ("Maui") and suggests that we combine McCain's desire for offshore drilling with Obama's plan to offer tax incentives to auto companies for making hybrid and electric cars ("We can do limited offshore drilling," the socialite suggests, "with strict environmental oversights").
Hilton's video is a good-humored attempt at spoofing the first ad, but representatives for McCain's campaign nevertheless immediately responded to the clip on TMZ.com.
"Sounds like Paris is taking the 'All of the Above' energy approach that John McCain has advocated — both alternatives and drilling," spokesman Tucker Bounds told the gossip site. "Perhaps the reality is that Paris has a more substantive energy plan than Barack Obama."
In the past, the Hilton family has supported the Republican Party, even donating money to McCain's campaign.
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