Blumenthal: Vietnam Fib 'Absolutely Unintentional'
Says Times insulted Marine Reserves
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 18, 2010 2:07 PM CDT
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announces his candidacy for the US Senate in this Jan. 6, 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

(Newser) – Richard Blumenthal held a press conference today responding to allegations—made in a front-page New York Times story today, summarized here—that he repeatedly lied or misled the public about serving in Vietnam. Blumenthal said he had "misspoken" on a "few occasions" and that it was “absolutely unintentional,” the Hartford Courant reports. "I regret that and take full responsibility, but I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service."

He also attacked the article, saying it “denigrates service" in the Reserves. "It really implies there were some special favors or treatment involved,” he said. “I looked them up in a phonebook," he said of how he joined. "No special help. Unlike many of my peers, I chose to join the military and serve my country.” According to the Times story, Blumenthal's unit stayed home, performing tasks like cleaning parks and holding Toy for Tots drives. The Marine Reserves “were seen as a shelter for young privileged men,” said one professor.

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May 28, 2010 8:53 AM CDT
No Republican would survive this...or should. Blumenthal, charged with enforcement of truth telling, something which sent Martha Stuart to prison, is even more of a hypocrit than Spitzer! Resign you arrogant lying bastard!
May 19, 2010 3:48 PM CDT
This guy is a full of shit liar. I was in the army during the Vietnam war. I did not serve in Vietnam and would never disrespect those that did by mis-speaking and saying I did. Nobody just happens to mis-speak about the same thing a few times. This guy is a disgrace and should not be allowed anywhere near a VFW hall.
May 18, 2010 10:19 PM CDT
Another lying hypocrite asswipe some stupid Americans elected. Lying about combat duty is lower than the deepest sewer. Resign jerkoff.