The celebutante thrust into the presidential campaign in an ad by Republican candidate John McCain has issued a tart rebuttal, in a scantily clad, tongue-in-cheek kind of way.
Last week, McCain launched an ad comparing Democratic rival Barack Obama to Hilton and Britney Spears, with the suggestion that Obama was no more than a celebrity candidate unready to lead the nation.
Now, Hilton has responded with a spoof on the comedy Web site Funny or Die.
Lounging in a pool chair in a bathing suit, Hilton talks about, quote, "that wrinkly, white-haired guy" who used her in his campaign ad. Hilton says she figures that means she's running for president, too.
Hilton then discusses energy policy and suggests a hybrid of McCain's offshore oil drilling plan and Barack Obama's incentives for new energy technology.
The spot ends with a shot of an American flag and name "Paris" superimposed over it.