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Rand Paul on ABC: Plagiarism Charges the Work of ‘Hacks and Haters’

On This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) rejected the plagiarism charges that have surfaced in the past week, claiming that he was “being unfairly targeted by a bunch of hacks and haters.”

Paul predicted further revelations of bad attribution from his previous speeches, but maintained that they were not intentional. “I take it as an insult, and I will not lie down and say people can call me dishonest or misleading,” he said. “If dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, it’d be duel challenge.”

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow caught Paul plagiarizing a Wikipedia entry on Gattica in a recent speech, and excoriated his defense.

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Host George Stephanopoulos asked if Paul would at least concede that his speechwriting process had been “sloppy.” Paul responded that most of his speeches were extemporaneous, and that he quotes people but rarely cites secondary sources.

“I think the spoken word really shouldn’t be held to the same standard that you have if you’re giving a scientific paper,” paul said. “I’ve written scientific papers. I know how to footnote things. But we’ve never footnoted speeches, and if that’s the standard I’m going to be held to—yes, we will change, and we will footnote things.”

Watch the full clip below, via ABC News:

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