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Dr. Rand Paul given a taste of his own medicine, by another doctor

Jim Rutenberg
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Senator Rand Paul
Senator Rand Paul

For more than a week, Senator Rand Paul (Republican-Kentucky) has been fending off criticism for using the writings of others, unattributed, in his speeches, in an opinion article and in a book.

But now it appears that Mr. Paul has been the possible victim of literary larceny himself.

The campaign website of a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina, Greg Brannon, whom Mr. Paul supports, includes descriptions of various policy positions that match those of Mr. Paul’s 2010 campaign website word for word.

On monetary policy, Mr. Paul’s 2010 site, captured by the Internet archiving site “The Wayback Machine”, read:

“With so much blame going around for the current financial crisis it is surprising that so few in the mainstream press have discussed the role of the Federal Reserve System. For too long the Federal Reserve has operated behind a shroud of mystery — as Senator I would make sure that all Americans understand the dangers of unsound monetary policy and shed light on this secretive organization.”

Mr. Brannon’s 2013 campaign site reads:

“With so much blame going around for the current financial crisis, it is surprising that so few in the mainstream press have discussed the role of the Federal Reserve System.

“For too long the Federal Reserve has operated behind a shroud of mystery — as Senator I would make sure that all Americans understand the dangers of unsound monetary policy and shed light on this secretive organization.”

On health care, the website of Mr. Paul, an ophthalmologist, read:

“As a doctor I have had first-hand experience with the vast problems facing health care in America.

“Like other areas of the economy where the federal government wields its heavy hand, health care is over-regulated and in need of serious market reforms. As Senator, I would ensure that real free market principles are applied to fix this problem.”

The site of Mr. Brannon, an obstetrician, reads:

“As a doctor for more than twenty-five years, I have first-hand experience with the vast problems facing health care in America. “Like other areas of the economy where the federal government wields its heavy hand, health care is over-regulated and in need of serious market reforms.

“As a Senator, I would vote to repeal the President’s plan to force families and individuals to purchase government-approved health insurance.”

The similarities continue.

Mr. Brannon is running in a Republican primary in North Carolina, the winner of which would seek to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, next year. Having modelled himself on Mr. Paul, he calls for a strict reading of the Constitution and the curtailment of federal powers. — New York Times News Service


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