GOP Palin Endorsed Candidate Swipes Obama’s Speech?
May 24, 2010
(ChattahBox)— Really, you can’t make this stuff up. Vaughn Ward, a Republican candidate running for Congress from Idaho, has been heartily endorsed by half governor Sarah Palin. But just 24-hours before Tuesday’s primary contest, he is forced to explain a striking similarity between his January announcement speech and Barack Obama’s, much heralded 2004 speech given before the Democratic National Convention, when he was a U.S. Senator. And this isn’t the first time Ward has been caught cribbing from other sources.
Below are the passages in question, according to Politico:
Obama’s 2004 speech: “As we stand at the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices and meet the challenges that face us. If you feel the same urgency that I do, if you feel the same passion that I do, then I have no doubt the people will rise up in November and this country will reclaim its promise and out of this long political darkness, a brighter day will come.”
Ward’s January speech: “As we stand on the crossroads of history, I know we can make the right choice and meet the challenges that lay before us. If you feel the same urgency and the same passion that I do, then I have no doubt that our voices will be heard in November. And our country will reclaim its promise and out of this darkness, a better day is on the horizon.”
Did Ward think no one would notice? Ward’s spokesperson Mike Tracy dismissed the charges of plagiarism, without directly addressing the obvious similarities between the two speeches. “If anyone thinks he’s anything like Obama, they’re dead wrong,” said Tracy.
And then there was the embarrassing discovery that Ward’s campaign website swiped content word-for-word from other sources:
“Ward’s site, according to the Spokesman-Review, cribbed language on tax relief from Kentucky Rep. Geoff Davis, on marriage from South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and on health care from an op-ed authored by Georgia Rep. Tom Price. Ward even duplicated a line on small business from another Republican congressional challenger – former “Real World” star Sean Duffy, who’s running for a House seat in Wisconsin.”
And that’s not all. During a debate with his Republican primary challenger, teapartier and state Rep. Raul Labrador, Ward referred to Puerto Rico as a “country.
Sounds like a match made in heaven. Palin can see Russia from her house and Ward thinks Puerto Rico is a country.
Watch the YouTube video, entitled “In his own words?” showing Ward and Obama’s speech side-by-side: