February 18th, 2008
10:20 AM ET
5 years ago

Some of Obama's stump speech adapted material

Obama and Patrick are longtime friends.
Obama and Patrick are longtime friends.

(CNN) - Striking similarities between Barack Obama's words and those of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick during his 2006 election campaign have raised eyebrows and attracted traffic on YouTube.

A central passage in the stump speech Barack Obama has been giving in recent days - aimed at convincing voters that his campaign is not just about lofty rhetoric - is adapted from Patrick, Obama's campaign acknowledged over the weekend.

Deval - an Obama supporter - issued a statement this weekend, saying: "Sen. Obama and I are long-time friends and allies. We often share ideas about politics, policy and language."

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– CNN's Josh Levs


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  1. gina

    Good catch on the "No Red States.....only the United States"...What else has Obama plagiarized? How about "We are the change we have been waiting for." Didn't Stokely Carmichael use that phrase once upon time?

    February 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Jason

    I say people should be angry at CNN and other media outlets for being soo obvious that they are biased. I mean for people who are smart its nothing new, but for the majority of the citizens out there who only get their information from these media outlets are being manipulated! this is a shame because America is supposed to be the leader of democracy yet we don't practice it in our own country. SHAME on CNN! this is just sad.

    February 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Twinkie

    THIS IS SILLY. Once again ditracting from real issues. If this type of thing is all the Clinton campaign can come up with, making an issue of the fact that Obama has speech writers and borrowed a few lines of one speech from a friend who also used some of the same team in their candidacies (ie, you use some of the same people, you get some of the same language) not to mention the fact that Mr. Patrik knew about it and approved of the use....then the Clinton campaign needs to dig down further into the bag. This makes Hillary look silly and petty. As far as attacking someone for being able to give great speech and saying that it's not important....I ask that we would all look to the current POTUS............'nuff said

    Democrats in '08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Karen

    I finally understand..... I think DEVAL PATRICK is boring.

    February 18, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Ken, Suitland MD

    IraqWarHater (1:34pm) says: "Goooo McCain!"

    Now that is brilliant! You are against continuing the Iraq war, but you would vote for McCain??? Your IQ suggests that indeed you SHOULD vote [R] no matter who their candidate is.

    America is about to take an IQ test this Nov. We've done poorly on the last two. But this one has been made very easy by the failed policies of the very people who wish you to fail the upcoming test. In fact it is so easy, that the very sanity of those who continue to fail the test should be viewed with some suspicion.

    February 18, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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