Two Cases of Plagiarism by Politicians
The following piece was written by my former student and friend Mike Lamm. Mike is a reporter for the Decatur Daily Democrat.
In the summer of 1987, a young, brash Delaware senator by the name of Joe Biden was attempting to become the youngest American since John F. Kennedy to become president of the United States.
The popular political figure was considered a strong contender for the office due to his moderate image, his energetic speaking ability, his appeal to Baby Boomers, his position as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the pending Robert Bork Supreme Court nomination hearings, and his fundraising talents. His major competitors for the Democratic nomination were Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and Missouri State Representative Dick Gephardt.
By the end of April 1987, he had raised more campaign funds than any other candidate, and his prospects for the nomination looked extremely good.
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