Where We Live: Blumenthal and Vietnam
Unexpected twist in Senate campaign just days before the convention
Senate Candidate Richard Blumenthal is taking heat this morning because of a New York Times article calling to question his military service record. In speeches to veterans groups, Blumenthal has cited “his time in Vietnam” – a period in his life which never actually happened. In fact, he obtained at least five military deferments during the war, eventually serving in the Marine Reserves but never making it to Vietnam.
The New York Times is denying the story was leaked from the Linda McMahon Campaign. The McMahon Campaign, however, is hinting differently. Blumenthal has scheduled a news conference for later today with state veterans to address his service record, the beginning of what is sure to be a series of public relations events aimed at controlling the damage to his campaign.
But is it too late for Blumenthal? Or is this just politics-as-usual in Connecticut? What does this mean for the Democratic frontrunner?
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