Sen. Paul speech has 33 footnotes

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.) included 33 footnotes in the transcript of his speech delivered Tuesday at The Citadel military college in South Carolina. 

Facing charges of plagiarism earlier this month, Paul said he would start footnoting his speeches like academic papers “if it will make people leave me the hell alone."


The senator, who's seen as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, has been accused of lifting whole passages in earlier speeches and his book from other sources without proper citation. He has acknowledged errors and instituted a tougher vetting process, including the footnoted speeches. 

However, he has long held the errors were minor problems of footnoting and citation, and he has maintained the allegations were exaggerated.

In his detailed footnoting, he cites sources from The Hill, The New York Times, Pew, the Senate and many others.

Paul's first citation came in paragraph three while pointing out many in the audience would go on to serve in the military. 

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