[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/18/art.obamapatrick.gi.jpg caption="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