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John Burton, California Democratic Chief, Compares GOP Tactics To Nazi Propaganda

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SACRAMENTO, CA - JULY 24: California state Senate President protem John Burton talks to reporters at the state capitol July 24, 2003 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JULY 24: California state Senate President protem John Burton talks to reporters at the state capitol July 24, 2003 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The chairman of the California Democratic Party has compared Republican tactics during the presidential campaign to the "big lie" strategy most famously employed by Nazi propagandists.

California Democratic chief John Burton made the remarks Monday in an interview with San Francisco station KCBS while in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.

Burton said the Republicans lie and don't care whether people know they lie and that, quote, "As long as you lie, Joseph Goebbels (GUR'-buhls), the big lie, you keep repeating it."

Goebbels was the chief of Nazi propaganda. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler believed the "big lie" had a greater chance of being believed.

Republicans immediately criticized Burton and called for an apology. Burton later issued a statement saying that he "humbly apologized" to anyone offended by his comparison.

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