U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s office remained mum Tuesday following allegations that he plagiarized part of speeches he gave Monday at Liberty University in Virginia and earlier this year at a conference in Washington, D.C.
The plagiarism allegations first broke Monday night when MSNBC television show host Rachel Maddow accused Paul of stealing four lines of his speech to students at Liberty University from a Wikipedia entry about the movie “Gattaca," which Paul used as a cautionary tale about advancements in science.
... Buzzfeed, another website, reported Tuesday that he also plagiarized when he borrowed several lines from a Wikipedia entry about the movie “Stand and Deliver” for a speech in June at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles.
Paul’s office didn’t respond to emails seeking comment about the speeches, or whether Paul wrote them himself.
But political scientists say that how Paul handles the issue could determine whether the allegations impact his potential plans for a 2016 presidential bid.