On Tuesday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul acknowledged that he had failed to properly attribute some passages in some speeches, articles and books to the sources they were drawn from.
The popular Republican told CNN that, “ultimately, I’m the boss, and things go out under my name, so it is my fault.” While he admitted making errors, he complained that he had been targeted by the media and was under more scrutiny than other politicians, USA TODAY notes.
Among instances of material lifted from other sources without proper crediting were three paragraphs contained in an op-ed published in the Washington Times in September, a passage in Paul’s recent book, “Government Bullies,” and a description of the movie Gattaca in
A spokesman for the senator said that Paul’s staff had failed to vet all the sources used in his writing and that his office would do a better job of crediting sources and would provide footnotes on request.
Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Paul said that he had been sloppy, but denied that he had ever intentionally presented someone else’s work as his own.
Paul is widely seen as one of his party’s leading candidates to run for president in 2016.
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