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LANSING, Mich. - Some Michigan voters have received phone calls falsely claiming that Sen. John Kerry would make gay marriage legal. In New Jersey, some voters have heard a man claiming to be former Army Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf backing the Democrat. Elderly voters in Pennsylvania have been called and told they are ineligible to vote.
Republicans and Democrats were furious Monday about the blatantly false, 11th-hour political calls to voters and demanded an end to the messages.
Schwarzkopf has endorsed President Bush, but in a recording of a phone call played for the Associated Press, a man identifying himself as the Persian Gulf War general says, "In 2000, I voted for George W. Bush, but this year I'm voting for John Kerry. ... John Kerry has a real plan to make our military stronger and to go after terrorists wherever they hide. We need a vote for change, vote for John Kerry."
A voice says the message was paid for by the Democratic National Committee.
In a statement, Schwarzkopf said the DNC was making fraudulent phone calls claiming that he had endorsed Kerry, and "nothing could be further from the truth, and I demand that they stop immediately.
DNC spokesman Jano Cabrera said Republicans spliced an ad by Gen. Merrill McPeak, a Kerry supporter, to make it sound as if Schwarzkopf was speaking so they could accuse Democrats of dirty tricks. Republicans denied being involved.
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