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Idaho Republican endorsed by Sarah Palin plagiarizes Obama's 'a brighter day will come' speech. Ouch.

May 25, 2010 |  9:33 am

Katherine Jones:Idaho Statesman Vaughn Ward made the rounds of supporters after he officially announced his candidacy for Idaho's 1st Congressional District in the Capitol rotunda

So, like, where was his staff?

First, candidate Vaughn Ward, running in the Republican primary in Idaho's 1st Congressional District, was accused of "cribbing" his policy positions from other candidates' websites. According to the Spokane Spokesman-Review, Ward took language on tax relief from Kentucky Rep. Geoff Davis, on marriage from South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and on healthcare from an Op-Ed article by Georgia Rep. Tom Price. At least they were all Republicans.

The stakes are pretty high here. Whoever wins the GOP primary gets to take on freshman Democrat Walt Minnick, elected in the Democratic wave of 2008 in a state that rarely sends anyone but Republicans to Washington.

Maybe the pressure was too much.

Whatever the cause, Ward now stands accused of plagiarizing one of the most famous speeches in political history -- Barack Obama's rousing address to the Democratic National Convention in 2004 -- the one that catapulted the Illinois lawmaker to the national political stage and then the presidency.

Take a look.

Ward's copycat behavior was brought to light by Boise businessman Lucas Brumbach. who is running for state Senate and whose website notes that "Lucas has been coating Boise with quality paint for several years, but promises there will be no whitewashing when elected senator."

With Idaho voters going to the polls Tuesday, even Sarah Palin's endorsement may not save Ward.

-- Johanna Neuman

Photo: Vaughn Ward greets supporters after he announced his candidacy in Idaho Capitol rotunda in February. Credit: Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman / Associated Press

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