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.

Ward’s heavy borrowing from Obama’s now famous speech, was highlighted in a YouTube video created by Republican blogger Lucas Baumbach.

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:


Comments

7 Responses to “GOP Palin Endorsed Candidate Swipes Obama’s Speech?”

  1. Lynn on May 24th, 2010 9:32 pm

    Of course Palin is supporting him. What more would you expect from the Wasillabilly without a single policy insight of her own. Palin’s “midas touch” might just be the backlash she wasn’t expecting. Ward and his swiped words, Nikki and her penchant for sleeping around. Oh boy oh boy, you really can’t make this stuff up!

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  3. Marc on May 24th, 2010 11:58 pm

    The Democrats don’t have to go after the Republicans………the Republicans are doing it to each other !

  4. Bernard Webb on May 25th, 2010 7:10 am

    Another day, another round of republican idiocy. It never, ever ends.

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  6. Alyssa on May 25th, 2010 11:22 am

    Wow. and the Republicans just dig their hole deeper and deeper…

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