Obama Borrowing Speech Lines From Mass. Gov.

03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Jeff Zeleny NY Times

Senator Barack Obama adapted one of his signature arguments -- that his oratory amounts to more than inspiring words -- from speeches given by Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts during his 2006 campaign.

At a Democratic Party dinner Saturday in Wisconsin, Mr. Obama, of Illinois, responded to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who has criticized him for delivering smooth speeches but says they do not amount to solutions to the nation's problems, by ticking through a string of historic references.

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