Video: Cardin uses Fox in Steele, Bush attack ad (Update: Cardin voted against stem cell research)

posted at 11:48 am on October 24, 2006 by Ian

Following his appearance in an advertisement for Missouri Democratic Senate candidate Claire McCaskill, Canadian-born actor Michael J. Fox vouches for another Democratic Senate hopeful in Maryland. Congressman Ben Cardin is using Fox in a similiar ad, where the actor, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, is seen gyrating while he tries to persuade voters not to vote for Republican candidate Michael Steele.

UPDATE: Michael Steele’s campaign has exposed Cardin’s vote against stem cell research:

TEMPLE HILLS, MD – Today, Michael Steele released the following statement setting the record straight on stem cell research:

Michael Steele said, “There is only one candidate in this race who voted against stem cell research and it’s Congressman Ben Cardin. Ben Cardin had a chance to support stem cell research that would not destroy human embryos, and he voted against it – not because of his beliefs on the issue, but as a transparent political stunt. Both Senators Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes voted for this legislation. Ben Cardin wanted to politicize the issue instead of getting something done, so he voted against it. Marylanders deserve better than Congressman Cardin’s continued Washington double-talk, mistruths and sheer political gamesmanship on an issue as important as stem cell research.”

On September 6, 2006, the Frederick News Post reported: “[Cardin] opposes suggestions that stem cell research is acceptable if the embryo isn’t destroyed. (Liam Farrell, “Pursuing Change,” Frederick News Post, September 2, 2006)

Michael Steele added, “I am an enthusiastic supporter of cord blood, adult stem cell and embryonic stem cell research that does not destroy the embryo, and I fully support expanding innovations in technology that make it possible to treat and prevent disease without the willful destruction of human embryos.”

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For all the hemmin and hawin going on by the MSM, I have yet to see if Rush was wrong in stating that he may have not taken his medication. What’s the answer to that and why wasn’t it asked?

Travis on October 25, 2006 at 10:47 AM

Rush state dhe thought MJF was acting during the commercial. Rush didn’t know he got off his meds. Rush then corrected himself.

“Now, people are telling me that they have seen Michael J. Fox in interviews and he does appear the same way in the interviews as he does in this commercial for Claire McCaskill. All right, then I stand corrected. I’ve seen him on Boston Legal. I’ve seen him on a number of stand-up appearances. I know he’s got it; it’s pitiable that he has the disease. It is a debilitating disease, and I understand that fully. Just stick with me on this.

All I’m saying is I’ve never seen him the way he appears in this commercial for Claire McCaskill. So I will bigly, hugely admit that I was wrong, and I will apologize to Michael J. Fox, if I am wrong in characterizing his behavior on this commercial as an act, especially since people are telling me they have seen him this way on other interviews and in other television appearances.”

“Michael J. Fox is allowing his illness to be exploited and in the process is shilling for a Democrat politician. In the process of doing that, creating an impression like John Edwards tried to do that is not reality. Michael J. Fox is using his illness as a way to mislead voters into thinking that their vote for a single United States Senator has a direct impact on stem cell research in Missouri. It doesn’t, and it won’t. So Mr. Fox is using his illness as another tactic to try to secure the election of a Democrat senator by implying that with her election, that we’ll be on the road to stem cell research her opponent opposes and people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease as he does will have a cure. It’s a negative ad, and negative ads work, and people criticize them all the time as I am doing to this one, but when you see it, there’s something wrong about it in the get-go. It’s the exploitation of someone’s illness. I wonder if this would become a trend and all kinds of illness were being exploited how people would end up reacting to it and feeling about it. So if this was not an act, then I apologize. I’ve not seen this type of appearance by Michael J. Fox before and that’s why it struck me the way it did. But despite all that, I mean it’s pitiable and it’s very sad anybody has this disease, because it is debilitating in ways that people that don’t have it don’t even understand. But to exploit it like this in misrepresenting the political agenda of a particular candidate, there’s nothing admirable about that.”

Sarcasm, Just one more service I offer.

VikingGoneWild on October 25, 2006 at 11:04 AM

I did not know that Conservative was a party. But I’d like to know what you think I should tell Bill Frist, Orrin Hatch, Charles Krauthammer, Nancy Reagan, John Warner, Mike Castle, Ralph Regula, Duke Cunningham and well, I’m getting tired of typing the names of conservatives who agree with me and not you, but you get my point.

Pablo, I was faily young when Reagan was president but from talking to my mother, it seems she was always under the impression that she did not share her husband’s politics.

In fact, though my mother disagrees with Nancy Reagan on a host of issues, she said she very much admires how she stood by her husband despite having a difference of opinion and basically didn’t speak negatively of him in public.

Is it just that Nancy disagreed with him a a few select issues but was still a conservative Republican or what?

And you’re right, conservative is not a political party. Neither is liberal. In fact, considering Roe has been law for a significant amount of time now, I’d say conservatives are liberal on some issues.

Esthier on October 25, 2006 at 12:08 PM