Palin accused of lifting from Gingrich article

June 8, 2009 7:51:23 AM PDT
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is being accused of paraphrasing at length from an article co-written by Newt Gingrich when she gave a speech. Blogger Geoffrey Dunn makes the accusation on the Huffington Post Web site. He compared Palin's speech introducing conservative talk show host Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, to an Anchorage audience Wednesday to the article urging Republicans to study Reagan, written by Gingrich and Craig Shirley in 2005.

In one part of Palin's speech, in which she twice cited Gingrich, she said, "We have to remember first that Ronald Reagan never won any arguments in Washington. He won the arguments by resonating with the American people."

Gingrich and Shirley wrote in their article, "Reagan never won an argument in Washington. Reagan won his arguments in the country with the American people ... ."

Messages left with Palin's spokeswomen weren't immediately returned Sunday.

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