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Sen. Brown Lifts Language From Elizabeth Dole Speech

photo of Ben Terris
October 13, 2011

Sometimes it sounds like politicians are all using the same language. Sometimes, they actually are.

Boston.com reports that Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., posted a message to Massachusetts students that uses the exact same words delivered in a speech by former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C.

Brown’s staff has since acknowledged that Brown's words were originally Dole’s—after a liberal super PAC called American Bridge 21st Century pointed it out—and chalked the whole thing up to a technical error.

 

“I was raised to believe that there are no limits to individual achievement and no excuses to justify indifference,” said the message from Brown. “From an early age, I was taught that success is measured not in material accumulations, but in service to others. I was encouraged to join causes larger than myself, to pursue positive change through a sense of mission, and to stand up for what I believe.”

At least he omitted the part that would have said, “I am Mary and John Hanford’s daughter.”

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