WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul shifted his tone from apology to condemnation Wednesday as he continued to face fallout from alleged plagiarism in numerous speeches and articles.
Last week, the Kentucky Republican chalked up accusations that he had improperly lifted passages from
"What makes me mad about the whole thing is that I believe there is a difference between errors of omission and errors of intention. We aren't perfect and we have made errors of omission, but we never intended to mislead anybody," Paul told the Review's Robert Costa, saying the whole situation has been blown out of proportion.
Paul lashed out at the Associated Press and
But a day earlier, Paul struck a more conciliatory tone on CNN, telling host Wolf Blitzer: "Ultimately, I'm the boss, and things go out under my name, so it is my fault."
And Paul expanded upon his plans to move past the scandal in an interview with the New York Times.
"What we are going to do from here forward, if it will make people leave me the hell alone, is we're going to do them like college papers. We're going to try and put out footnotes," he said.
Paul admitted that some of his prepared remarks are hastily assembled and said his office will be restructured. But he added that no one will be fired.
Wikipedia has declined to comment, saying it has a policy not to do so on editorial matters.
The man whose article was lifted in one of Paul's Washington Times articles, Dan Stewart of The Week, wrote Thursday that he's "flattered" by the plagiarism.