Rand Paul’s Plagiarism Problem

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 19, 2016) – Melania Trump isn’t the only Republican with a plagiarism problem. Sen. Rand Paul has an even longer history of it in speeches and his book:

  • Part of a 2013 speech he made came directly from the Wikipedia page of the movie “Gattaca.”
  • Another speech in 2013 copied part of the Wikipedia entry for the movie “Stand and Deliver.”
  • Paul copied 1,318 words for his book “Government Bullies” from a 2003 case study by the Heritage Foundation – without attribution. Other passages in the book were copied from Forbes and the Cato Institute.

(Buzzfeed, Nov. 2, 2013, “Three Pages Of Rand Paul’s Book Were Plagiarized From Think Tanks,” https://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/entire-section-of-rand-pauls-book-copied-verbatim-from-case?utm_term=.waprPkO2r#.tk5a65Wga)

And how did Sen. Paul respond when his copying was caught?

“I have never intentionally done so and like I say if dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know it’d be a duel challenge.”

“…I think I’m being unfairly targeted by a bunch of hacks and haters…”

(CNN.com, Nov. 4, 2013, “Paul responds to growing number of plagiarism claims,” http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/04/paul-responds-to-growing-number-of-plagiarism-charges/)

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Courtesy: WBKO

But Sen. Paul denies cheating:

“I never, ever cheated. I don’t condone cheating. But I would sometimes spread misinformation. This is a great tactic. Misinformation works.”

(The Atlantic, Oct. 20, 2013, “Can Rand Paul Learn to Tell the Truth?,” http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/10/can-rand-paul-learn-to-tell-the-truth/280701/)

Plagiarism isn’t cheating? Plenty of teachers and parents will tell you otherwise. We don’t condone cheating from our kids, and we definitely shouldn’t condone it from our U.S. Senator.


The Kentucky Democratic Party is comprised of more than 1.68 million registered Democrats who support issues that enhance the fair treatment of all Kentuckians. Visit www.kydemocrat.com for more information.



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