Rand Paul's Speeches Now Include Footnotes

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke to cadets at the Citadel Tuesday, quoting Eisenhower and Reagan, but also citing the Pew Research Center, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a party fundraiser in Charleston, S.C., on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's press team is now providing footnotes with his speech transcripts in response to plagiarism allegations in his speeches and columns.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke to cadets at the Citadel Tuesday, quoting Eisenhower and Reagan, but also citing the Pew Research Center, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Whispers knows this because Paul's press team is now providing footnotes as part of the transcript for each of the senator's speeches. This is being done after Paul admitted last week that he did not properly source materials he had used in speeches and columns, causing him to lose his weekly column in the Washington Times. (The column was quickly picked up by Breitbart.com)

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Paul's potential plagiarism was first reported by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow who noted similarities between Paul's description of the movie "Gattaca" in a speech and the film's Wikipedia entry. Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski then reported that Paul had lifted portions of his book, "Government Bullies," from other sources. There were problems with a Washington Times column as well.

 Talking to the National Review's Robert Costa, Paul said he was very angry about how the mini-scandal was treated in the media. "What makes me mad about the whole thing is that I believe there is a difference between errors of omission and errors of intention," Paul told Costa. "We aren't perfect and we have made errors of omission, but we never intended to mislead anybody." At the same time, Paul's senior adviser Doug Stafford said that the senator and his staff would do better. "From here forward, quoting, footnoting and citing will be more complete," he said in a statement, according to the Washington Post.

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