Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been stirring up the Internet and more than a few journalists with accusations of word borrowing, a charge she pressed (to the dismay of the audience) at Thursday’s Democratic debate with Barack Obama. But in that same venue, it appears she may have borrowed a few words of her own.
Obama has used a few lines almost verbatim from friend and adviser Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts, a practice Clinton described in the debate as “change you can Xerox.”
But the Obama campaign and Talking Points Memo each found a different line in Clinton’s remarks that bore a resemblance to the words of others.
Hillary Clinton scored with “You know, the hits I’ve taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country.” In 1992, Bill Clinton told The New York Times: “The hits that I took in this election are nothing compared to the hits the people of this state and this country have been taking for a long time.”
Another popular line closely resembled something John Edwards once said, and is captured through the magic of video below.