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Rand Paul Accused of Plagiarism

October 31, 2013

The New York Times

Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican who is among his party's top 2016 presidential prospects, has been accused of plagiarism by a television show and a website.

Paul appears to have lifted words for a speech in Virginia this week from a Wikipedia entry about a futuristic movie, "Gattaca," according to a report by "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC.

The senator was trying to make a point about eugenics and abortion. In doing so, he made a reference to the movie and twice spoke lines that were virtually word for word from the Wikipedia description of the plot of the 1997 film.

The speech - which he delivered Monday at Liberty University in Virginia on behalf of the Republican candidate for governor, Ken Cuccinelli - contained this line: "In the not-too-distant future, eugenics is common, and DNA plays a primary role in determining your social class."

The Wikipedia entry reads: "In 'the not-too-distant future,' liberal eugenics is common, and DNA plays the primary role in determining social class."

BuzzFeed said it had found a speech from June in which Paul appeared to have taken the words to describe another film, "Stand and Deliver," from Wikipedia.

In an interview with Jorge Ramos on Fusion, Paul defended himself and said his office gave attribution and that people are "making a mountain out of a molehill."

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Original headline: Rand Paul accused of plagiarizing lines from Wikipedia

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