Rand Paul’s Plagiarism Problem

From Politico:

A top adviser to Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday night that the Kentucky Republican would be “more cautious in presenting and attributing sources” in the future, after POLITICO confronted the senator’s office with fresh examples of Paul speeches that borrowed language from news reports without citing the original text.

POLITICO contacted Paul’s staff Thursday evening with multiple instances in which the popular conservative used language – either word-for-word or nearly verbatim – that had first appeared elsewhere.

Paul first faced questions of plagiarism earlier this week for apparently lifting some language in a speech from the Wikipedia entry for the 1997 film “Gattaca.” The potential 2016 presidential candidate dismissed that initial report – from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow – as the work of “haters.” BuzzFeed also reported Tuesday that Paul had copied language from the Wikipedia entry on the movie “Stand and Deliver.”