“I had no idea that this material was cut and pasted on my website from other sources.”
Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Gordon Ball appears to have plagiarized nearly every word on his issues pages from a vast array of politicians including West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Ball, a practicing attorney is taking incumbent Republican Sen. Llamar Alexander in the heavily Republican state.
Ball has likewise used much of the plagiarized text in an interview.
Ball told BuzzFeed News that he agrees "with these views and approved the content."
The Senate candidate added, however, he was unaware the text had been take from a number of different sources word-for-word.
"I had no idea that this material was cut and pasted on my website from other sources," he said.
Ball's issues pages can be viewed here.
The many examples are below:
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