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by MFP on May. 18th, 2010

AC360 May 17.

AP: Richard Blumenthal Claimed Vietnam Service But Never Went; Calls NYT Report ‘Outrageous Distortion’

Connecticut Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal is defending himself against a report he misstated his military service in Vietnam.

Blumenthal’s campaign called a New York Times report which includes video of him at a 2008 event saying he had served “in Vietnam” an “outrageous distortion” on his record.

Blumenthal says he’s always tried to make it clear his Marine Reserve service never took him overseas. But, the Times reported, “an examination of his remarks at the ceremonies shows that he does not volunteer that his service never took him overseas. And he describes the hostile reaction directed at veterans coming back from Vietnam, intimating that he was among them.”

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