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Mr. Schultz said during his radio broadcast, which is separate from his TV show, last Friday he would go to great lengths to help Mrs. Coakley win her race. “I tell you what, if I lived in Massachusetts I’d try to vote 10 times,” he said. “I don’t know if they’d let me or not, but I’d try to. Yeah, that’s right. I’d cheat to keep these bastards out. I would. Because that’s exactly what they are.”

His comments, and the audio of them, were posted by a number of critical conservative outlets over the weekend, but Mr. Schultz said the “righties” had it all wrong.

On Monday, he kicked off his show with a mock apology. “I misspoke on Friday. I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” he said. “I meant to say if I could vote 20 times, that’s what I would do,” calling those who complained “right-wing nut jobs” and “idiots.”

He later added, “Let me be very clear I’m not advocating voter fraud. I’m just saying what I would do.”

Questioning the motive

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez suggested in his weekly television program that American relief efforts in Haiti were a conspiracy to take over the struggling nation.

“I read that 3,000 soldiers are arriving, Marines armed as if they were going to war. There is not a shortage of guns there, my God. Doctors, medicine, fuel, field hospitals, that’s what the United States should send,” Mr. Chavez said on Sunday. “They are occupying Haiti undercover.”

He also said that American troops weren’t doing humanitarian work. “You don’t see them in the streets,” he said. “Are they picking up bodies. … Are they looking for the injured? You don’t see them. I haven’t seen them. Where are they?”

• Amanda Carpenter can be reached at acarpenter@washingtontimes.com