Think Progress thought it trapped John McCain in a plagiarism controversy. But McCain may wind up being the victim, here.
“The accusation of plagiarism is fundamentally and irrefutably false. The Senator has used that language as early, and possibly earlier, as 1995," writes campaign senior adviser Mark Salter in an e-mail. They point to a speech McCain gave before the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kansas City.
Think Progress now "updates:"
It appears that Ziemer’s speech may have been plagiarized from McCain. According to the McCain campaign, the senator used these lines before Ziemer — in 1995.