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Kingston ad features Obama impersonator

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A television ad created by U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston in his bid for Senate has generated nationwide buzz.

USA Today, the Huffington Post and the Washington Post all have covered the ad, which features a voicemail that begins, "Kingston, this is the President. You've gotta' back off Obamacare."

Black-and-white photos of President Barack Obama on the telephone in the Oval Office are shown while the voicemail plays.

But it is not the voice of the President. It is an impersonator.

Kingston said he and his campaign staff made the ad in fun, that he did not intend to dupe the public, and that the message is consistent with the President's stand on the Affordable Care Act.

"Republican candidates are attacking Obama," Kingston said. "And we thought it might be a little bit more of an interesting twist to have the President attack me."

Right now, Kingston is polling second in a crowded field of challengers for the Republican nomination to fill the Senate seat Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) vacates when he retires at the end of this year.

The primary is scheduled for May 20.

In a phone interview from Washington, D.C., Kingston said the impersonator's take was good, but he didn't think anyone would believe it was the President.

All six people WTOC interviewed at Chatham County's vehicle tag office Tuesday thought it was.

"I think he needs to be careful who he calls, or he is going to keep getting recorded," said Ann Brown, an independent voter who opposes the Affordable Care Act.

After some hesitation, Brown said finding out the voice was an impersonator does not change her opinion of the ad, which she had seen several times.

Tammy Carter, a registered Democrat who supports the law, did not like the ad before she found out the "President" was an impersonator, and she does not like it now.

"That's not right," she said. "You know, that's tricking the public."

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