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Paul discards plagiarism charges from 'political enemies'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) defended himself against charges of plagiarizing lines from his speeches, dismissing them as originating from “political enemies” and “haters.”

“This is really about information and attacks coming from haters,” Paul said in an interview with Fusion on Wednesday. “The person who is leading this attack has been spreading hate on me for about three years now, and I don’t intend for it to go away.

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow first pointed out earlier this week that a few lines from a speech Paul gave in which he summarized the movie “Gattaca” read the same as the movie’s Wikipedia entry. BuzzFeed found another speech in which Paul’s summary of the movie “Stand and Deliver” looked to be taken from the site.

Paul said there has never been any evidence that he has tried to take credit for someone else’s work. He claimed it is a controversy about footnotes rather than plagiarism.

“It is a disagreement on how you footnote things … but if we were to present any of these speeches for publication we would have footnotes in them. But a lot of times [in] a speech people don’t take the time to footnote things,” he said.

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