WASHINGTON (AP) — Like most people in America, Paris Hilton's mother (Kathy Hilton) doesn't share John McCain's humor. McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, said his campaign ad mocking Democrat Barack Obama with images of Hilton and Britney Spears was part of an attempt to inject humor into the presidential race.
Mrs. Hilton, a McCain donor, registered her disapproval: "It is a complete waste of the country's time and attention at the very moment when millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs," Kathy Hilton said in a short article posted on the liberal Huffington Post Web site. "And it is a completely frivolous way to choose the next president of the United States." The ad plays on Obama's popularity by dismissing him as a mere celebrity, like Hilton and Spears.
The Obama campaign has said the ad is proof that McCain would rather launch negative attacks than debate important issues. McCain on Friday denied that his campaign had taken a negative turn, saying, "We think it's got a lot of humor in it, we're having fun and enjoying it." But Kathy Hilton, who together with her husband donated $4,600 to McCain's campaign earlier this year, was unpersuaded. She called the ad "a complete waste of the money John McCain's contributors have donated to his campaign." Daughter Paris fired back with a video of her own.