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Actor Michael J. Fox Ad Touts McCaskill

The spot was the subject of widespread discussion on Monday after conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh claimed Fox was "either off his medication or acting" during the ad.

"I think this is exploitative in a way that's unbecoming either Claire McCaskill or Michael J. Fox," Limbaugh said on his syndicated show.

McCaskill spokeswoman Adrianne Marsh said Fox looked the same as he did for a McCaskill fundraiser in St. Louis last month that raised $200,000 for the campaign. "It's unfortunate that anyone would attack someone who's trying to speak out for lifesaving cures," Marsh said.

A native of Canada, Fox became an American citizen in 2000 and has been politically active for Democratic causes. He campaigned for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential race and lobbied Congress to lift President Bush's restrictions on funding for stem cell research.

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On the Net:

Claire McCaskill: http://www.claireonline.com

Jim Talent: http://talentforsenate.com


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