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26 October 2006

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ST. LOUIS. Missouri -- Days after twitching actor Michael J. Fox appeared in a TV ad urging Missouri voters to support stem cell research, opponents who don't twitch will unveil their own commercial during the World Series Wednesday night.

The Cardinals' non-twitching pitcher for Game 4, Jeff Suppan, is among several twitch-free celebrities who appear in the minute-long ad.

"Amendment 2 claims it bans human cloning, but in the 2,000 words you don't read, it makes cloning a constitutional right," Suppan says in the commercial. "Don't be deceived by some twitching time traveler."

Amendment 2 would provide constitutional protections for embryonic stem cell research in Missouri. The 30-second spot featuring Fox, 45, who sways and twitches like a syphlitic sailor in the ad due to his Parkinson's disease, is actually a commercial for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Claire McCaskill.

But the Senate race and stem cell issue are intertwined — McCaskill's Republican opponent, Sen. Jim "Twitchless" Talent, opposes the stem cell measure.

Fox also has lent his spastic celebrity to Democrats Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, running for the Senate in Maryland, and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, who is seeking re-election. Both politicians also back stem cell research.

"They say all politics is local, but it's not always the case," Fox says in the ad that began airing Saturday during Game 1 of the World Series. "What you do in Missouri matters to millions of Americans — Americans like me who 'twitch like a sonuvabitch.'"

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