“I take it as an insult, and I will not lie down and say people can call me dishonest, misleading or misrepresenting -- I have never intentionally done so and like I say, 'If dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know it’d be a duel challenge,' " Paul said.
It would be a "duel challenge"? What happened was that Rachel Maddow and others have discovered chunks of language used from other sources that was virtually unchanged. It's not an accusation of unproven things--it's a thing you can look at and agree that the language is not changed. It isn't so much a problem even of attribution (given that the spoken word is held to a different standard) but sheer lassitude in not bothering to even editorialize or change the language to serve whatever point he has. His challenge "if they keep it up" (where by "they" he means people who can use Google and "keep it up" implies there may be other examples) seems impotent--either he or his speechwriters/ghostwriter employed a bunch of copy/paste--or he can show they didn't. He can't. It's not an insult. It is what it is. We can argue about what it shows about Rand Paul, politician and possible 2016 presidential candidate, but if you were to ask me, I'd say his response seems a bit revelatory: he's a bit of a short-cut artist, and he rather resents being told to try harder.