TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Amid plagiarism claims, Paul promises new rules for staff

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 7:18 p.m.
 

NASHVILLE — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is instituting new approval and citation rules for his staffers and researchers amid accusations that he plagiarized material from several sources for speeches, a newspaper column and his book.

An adviser confirmed the move as Paul looks to stem the fallout, which includes the Washington Times canceling his column.

Paul initially tried to downplay revelations first reported by MSNBC that he had used material from Wikipedia — without attributing it — to describe the plot of a sci-fi movie in a recent speech. Since then, more accusations have surfaced about his writings having similar or identical language to other publications without attribution.

In an email on Wednesday, Paul adviser Doug Stafford said the senator “relies on a large number of staff and advisers to provide supporting facts and anecdotes — some of which were not clearly sourced or vetted properly.”

Stafford said Paul's office now plans to make footnotes available on request and will seek to make attribution to other people's work more complete.

Paul initially said he wished he could challenge his critics to a duel for questioning his honesty.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Why would GOP candidate for Missouri governor Schweich kill himself?
  2. Obama pitches privacy bill, Democrats say
  3. Shutdown looms as House rejects Homeland Security funding
  4. Rep. Schock of Illinois shoulders $40K cost of office renovation
  5. Attorney General Holder backs change in civil rights law
  6. Loose llamas corralled on Arizona street
  7. 8 shot to death, including gunman, in Missouri rampage
  8. North Carolina single mother shares in Powerball jackpot
  9. Export-Import Bank deal in progress in Senate
  10. White House won’t snub pro-Israel lobby
  11. Heavy snow cuts power, snarls travel across South