Many of Joe Biden’s speeches during the 1988 presidential campaign later turned out to contain language copied from such orators as John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Hubert Humphrey. Biden was finally caught plagiarizing speeches when he repeated much of an autobiographical speech that had been given by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock. Kinnock’s ancestors, who could recite and write poetry, became Biden’s ancestors, who “wrote poetry and taught me how to sing in verse.” Kinnock’s ancestors, “who could work eight hours underground and then come up and play football,” became Biden’s ancestors, “who worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football for four hours.” For Biden, plagiarism seems to be an addiction: He even flunked a law school class after copying five pages.

Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention immediately before Barack Obama on Thursday night. Here is an advance copy of that speech:

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