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Michael J. Fox responds to Rush -- classy guy without pity, without rancor

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I watched Katie Couric interview Michael J. Fox last night. He was amazingly classy and dignified given the outrageous attack by Rush Limbaugh.

Think Progress has the video. It's worth a watch. You'll be inspired:

COURIC: I called Rush Limbaugh and he told me: I believe Democrats have a long history of using victims of various things as political spokespeople because they believe they are untouchable, infallible, they are immune from criticism.

FOX: Well, first thing, he used the word victim. And on another occasion I heard him use the word pitiable. And understand, nobody in this position wants pity. We don't want pity. I could give a damn about Rush Limbaugh?s pity or anyone else?s pity. I?m not a victim. I?m someone who is in this situation. I think I?m in this situation along with millions of other Americans, and we have a right, if there?s answers out there, to pursue those answers with the full support of our politicians. And so I don?t need anyone?s permission to do that.
Rush has done one thing. He has helped insure that the stem cell issue is widely debated this year. Most Americans support the position of Fox, Claire McCaskill, Ben Cardin, Jim Doyle, Tammy Duckworth. Rush made sure that Americans know the GOP candidates are on the wrong side of the issue. Most Americans have a family member or know someone who will benefit from the research. Rush helped put the issue front and center. It's like Bush doing his press conference about Iraq on Wednesday when polls show Iraq hurts the GOP. If Bush and Rush want to help our side, so be it.

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