Rand Paul’s Latest Speech Filled With Properly Footnoted Errors

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), speaks at the 2013 Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council, on October 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. The summit, which goes for three days, is attended by a number of Republican senators and high profile conservative voices in American politics.
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On Tuesday, Rand Paul delivered his first major speech since his plagiarism scandal broke, and in a passive-aggressive nod to his critics, his prepared remarks included 33 footnotes, with citations for everything from Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address to legislation the senator sponsored. However, the text still wouldn’t pass muster as a college paper. The Daily Beast notes that the foreign policy address at the Citadel included a number of inaccuracies and half-truths, from the Obama administration sending F-16 fighter jets and Abrams tanks to Egypt (such items were withheld after the military took control of Egypt’s government) to “arming al-Qaeda” in Syria (the U.S. is legally prohibited from doing so). It’s not all that surprising, considering a day earlier Paul was railing against an imaginary doughnut ban. The haters can force him to use footnotes, but they’ll never take away his truthiness.

Rand Paul’s Speech Filled With Footnoted Errors