Dem Senate Candidate Richard Blumenthal faked his Vietnam War service and lied about being the captain of the Harvard Swim Team.
Blumenthal was leading the race for the senate seat abandoned by Chris Dodd.
The Register-Citizen reported:
Did attorney general and senate hopeful Richard Blumenthal ever serve in Vietnam? Well, no. But according to The New York Times, Blumenthal is suggesting the opposite.
Blumenthal also claims he served as the Captain of the Harvard swim team, despite records at the college showing that he was never on the team.
“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Blumenthal said to a group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. But Blumehthal according to the Times, obtained five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took steps to avoid going to war.
“In 1970, with his last deferment in jeopardy, he enlisted in the Marine Reserve, landing a coveted spot in a unit in Washington, D.C., which virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam. The unit conducted part-time drills and other exercises and focused on local projects, like fixing a campground and organizing a Toys for Tots drive,” The Times report says.
The paper asked the attorney general about the contrast, and Blumenthal reportedly responded that he had misspoken.
“My intention has always been to be completely clear and accurate and straightforward, out of respect to the veterans who served in Vietnam,” he told the paper in an interview.
But The Times goes on to list several speeches during which it suggests Blumenthal misled his audience about his military career.
Blumenthal came out later today and blamed Republicans for his lies.
He will appear at a press conference tomorrow with Connecticut veterans.
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