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Ohio senator calls for Burger King boycott

In the wake of the news that Burger King plans to buy Tim Hortons, Canada's largest doughnut chain, and re-locate its headquarters to north of the border, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has released an official statement calling for the boycott of Burger King restaurants.

The merger, which will make Burger King the world's third-largest fast food company, is controversial mainly because moving the company's headquarters to Canada will allow Burger King to avoid America's high corporate tax rate. This cost-cutting move, called "tax inversion," has been criticized by President Obama, who recently called companies that make such deals "corporate deserters."

"Burger King's decision to abandon the United States means consumers should turn to Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers or White Castle sliders," Brown said in his statement. "Burger King has always said 'Have it Your Way'; well my way is to support two Ohio companies that haven't abandoned their country or customers."

Brown is right about his two fast food companies of choice — Wendy's headquarters are in Dublin, Ohio, while White Castle's are in Columbus, Ohio. His statement, while extreme, may be a good political move, though — to some Americans, there's nothing worse than U.S. politicians who have ties with Canada.