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Sen. Rand Paul Wishes for Gun Duel with Rachel Maddow, Buzzfeed.com Over His Wikipedia Scandal (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wishes he could have a "duel challenge" with the "hacks and haters" who have called him out on using content from Wikipedia, word for word, without crediting Wikipedia.

Both MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Buzzfeed.com have reported on Sen. Paul's alleged plagiarism of the online encyclopedia, reports The New York Times.

Politifact.com has backed up Maddow, but Sen. Paul was still in denial mode today.

During an interview on ABC News' "This Week," Sen. Paul was asked to explain why his speeches include direct content from Wikipedia, notes RawStory.com (video below).

"I've written scientific papers," said Sen. Paul. "I know how to footnote things. But we've never footnoted speeches. And if that's the standard I'm going to be held to, yes, we will change and we will footnote things."

Sen. Paul then made his bizarre challenge.

"But the difference is, I take it as an insult and I will not lie down and say people can call me dishonest, misleading or misrepresenting," stated. Sen. Paul. "And like I say, if, you know, if dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know, it would be a duel challenge. But I can't do that, because I can't hold office in Kentucky then."

Sources: CrooksandLiars.com, Buzzfeed.com, RawStory.com, Politifact.com, The New York Times