Morning Plagiarism Charges

By Jennifer Parker

Feb 22, 2008 9:07am

The Clinton campaign sent this out last night.

Sen. Barack Obama said in last night’s debate, “In Youngstown, Ohio, I talked to workers who have seen their plants shipped overseas due to consequences of poor deals it’s like NAFTA that have literally seen equipment unbolted from the floors of factories and shipped to China.”

Which the Clinton campaign says is similar to this comment from Sen. John Kerry from the 2004 Democratic National Convention: “What does it mean in America today when Dave McCune, a steel worker I met in Canton, Ohio, saw his job sent overseas and the equipment in his factory literally unbolted, crated up, and shipped thousands of miles away along with that job?”

Perhaps this tenuous charge says more about the Clinton campaign than it does about Mr. Obama….and I say that as someone who doesn’t thumb his nose at the story of him using, uncredited, the language of Gov. Deval Patrick.

On their side, the Obama people have put up this video which they say shows Sen. Hillary Clinton channeling her husband in what the Clinton campaign is heralding as her key presidential moment during the debate.

Clinton said last night “You know, the hits I’ve taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country. And I resolved at a very young age that I’d been blessed and that I was called by my faith and by my upbringing to do what I could to give others the same opportunities and blessings that I took for granted. That’s what gets me up in the morning.  That’s what motivates me in this campaign.”

Bill Clinton said in 2000: “When the history of this campaign is written, they may say, well, Bill Clinton took a lot of hits in this campaign. The hits that I took in this election are nothing compared to the hits that the people in this state and this country are taking every day of their lives under this administration.”

Again, that seems to me to be thin gruel.

What do you think of all this?

- jpt

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