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Sen. Rand Paul Dodges Questions About Using Wikipedia in Speeches (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) claimed that he always names the sources for his speeches during an interview today with Jorge Ramos on the new Fusion network.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported this week that Sen. Paul recited Wikipedia's description of the movie "Gattica" during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., which was in support of Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli (video below).

Sen. Paul was trying to scare students at Liberty University into believing that abortion would lead to eugenics where DNA would "determine social class."

Sen. Paul's candidate Cuccinelli opposes abortion, gay marriage and anal sex, reported The Huffington Post.

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Additionally, Buzzfeed.com reported that Sen. Paul used the online encyclopedia while describing the film "Stand and Deliver" during another speech in June.

"We borrowed the plot lines from Gattica, it's a movie, and I gave credit to the people who wrote the movie," Sen. Paul stated on Fusion. "I also borrowed lines from Ray Bradbury and gave him credit as well."

"I think that they're arguing about whether things are properly footnoted and there are technicalities to this," added Sen. Paul. “Nothing I said was not given attribution to where it came from... The rest of it’s making a mountain out of a molehill for people, I think, who are political enemies and have an ax to grind.”

However, Sen. Paul did not mention using content from Wikipedia, which is what Maddow and Buzzfeed.com reported.

"So really, this is about information and attacks coming from haters," insisted Sen. Paul. “The person who’s leading this attack, she’s been spreading hate on me for three years now, and I don’t intend for it to go away, but I also don’t see her as an objective news source.”

Sen. Paul did not identify who "she" is, but RawStory.com states that it is likely Maddow.

Sources: RawStory.com, Buzzfeed.com, Fusion, The Huffington Post