Rand Paul: Would Duel Against Rachel Maddow If I Could
Since last week, Rachel Maddow was all over Rand Paul for plagiarizing his speeches. It started when Maddow caught Paul lifting parts of a Wikipedia entry on the 1997 movie Gattaca during a speech he made in Virginia in support of Ken Cuccinelli. Following that was a series of reports of other moments when Paul was plagiarizing during his speeches.
During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Paul explained that he knows how to footnote scientific papers, while never footnoting speeches. He said he will start to footnote things if that is the new standard that he is being held to.
“I take it as an insult, and I will not lie down and say people can call me dishonest, misleading or misrepresenting. I have never intentionally done so,” said Paul. He added, “If dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know, it would be a duel challenge. But I can’t do that, because I can’t hold office in Kentucky then.”
Since the duel will not happen, Stephanopoulos asked Paul, “So what’s the fix?”
Paul responded, “We’re going to have to footnote things.” He pointed out that it could still be a problem because most of his speeches are extemporaneous.