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Palin-backed GOP candidate allegedly rips off Obama's 2004 speech

Lucas Baumbach, a Republican activist who Is running for the state Senate in Idaho, has cut together a wince-inducing video of Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward and accuses him of plagiarizing chunks of Barack Obama's career-making speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Ward -- an Iraq War veteran last seen refusing to back down from his belief that Puerto Rico is a foreign country -- has benefited from support from Sarah Palin. But he has been absolutely hounded by tea party groups and fellow Republicans for running a bumbling campaign.

On Thursday, several Republican office-holders asked Ward to quit the race after another plagiarism allegation was raised.

By David Weigel  |  May 24, 2010; 3:57 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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