Go Figure: Clinton Faces Claims of Borrowed Language

Here’s an interesting read that I found on CNN Political Ticker.

We all know Hillary has been constantly accusing Obama of borrowing words from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick over the past few days, so this article addresses her own actions of taking other people’s words without giving them credit. She quotes pretty much word for word from her husband and John Edwards without mentioning them. It wouldn’t even be a big deal if she hadn’t made such a big deal over accusing Obama – especially in the debate last night. Here’s a part of the article:


Clinton’s closing answer, which brought the audience to its feet, highlighted her personal struggles and the difficulties facing ordinary Americans: “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.”

Shortly after she delivered her closing remark, a reader of Joshua Micah Marshall’s Talking Points Memo Web site noted that the line seemed to bear a resemblance to one her husband was quoted as delivering during his 1992 campaign.

“The hits that I took in this election are nothing compared to the hits the people of this state and this country have been taking for a long time,” her husband was quoted as saying in an article by Anna Quindlen in the New York Times in that November of that year.

Last night, Hillary Clinton also said: “You know, whatever happens, we’re going to be fine. You know, we have strong support from our families and our friends. I just hope that we’ll be able to say the same thing about the American people. And that’s what this election should be about.”

The Obama campaign immediately began circulating a similar comment delivered by former presidential candidate John Edwards. “What’s not at stake are any of us. All of us are going to be just fine no matter what happens in this election. But what’s at stake is whether America is going to be fine,” Edwards said during a December debate in Iowa.

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