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Michael J. Fox Records TV Ad for Cardin

In addition to the Cardin ad, Fox filmed 30-second spots for Senate candidate Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who is seeking to unseat Republican James M. Talent, and for Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (D), who is seeking reelection. He has also made plans to appear at events for two Democrats, Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Tammy Duckworth, a candidate for Congress from Illinois.

"He wants to take on races and get involved in races that involve a pro stem cell candidate against an anti embryonic stem cell candidate," said John Rogers, a publicist for Fox.

Cardin aides said Fox contacted the campaign after seeing news accounts of Steele's position on the research. In February, Steele told members of a Baltimore Jewish group, "Look, you of all folks know what happens when people decide they want to experiment on human beings, when they want to take your life and use it as a tool."

He later apologized for the remark, which was interpreted as a comparison between embryonic stem cell research and Nazi experimentation. But he has maintained his position that research on embryos is not needed, especially, he has said, because there is promising research being done on adult stem cells. Heye said yesterday that Steele opposes only stem cell research that destroys the embryo.

Fox's message, though, makes clear that he believes study on adult stem cells is not enough, saying he approves of candidates who "fully" support the research.

"It's why I support Ben Cardin," he says, lifting his hand to his heart. "And with so much at stake, I respectfully ask you to do the same."

To view the Michael J. Fox commercial, go tohttp://www.washingtonpost.com/metro.


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