How despicable. Richard Blumenthal is running for the Senate seat held by Chris Dodd. Richard Blumenthal lied about serving in Vietnam.
The New York Times: At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.
“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”
There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.
During his deferment period he completed his studies, went overseas for a fellowship program and landed a few plum jobs. It wasn’t until his last deferment was in jeopardy that he signed up for the Marine Reserves, but he never went to Vietnam and never saw combat. Now he says he “misspoke” about his military service. Please.
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