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Democratic candidate for US Senate Richard Blumenthal accused of lying about Vietnam service May 18, 2010

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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On May 18, 2010, The New York Times published a devastating report accusing Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is running for the soon-to-be open US Senate seat in his state, of lying about serving in the Vietnam War. The paper argued that Blumenthal was not only ambiguous about his service the majority of the time, but that he also explicitly stated on numerous occasions that he served. In actuality, the article stated, Blumenthal “obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war.”

Blumenthal has responded by calling the Times article an “outrageous distortion.” And as bad as his remarks make him appear, some pundits are suggesting that Blumenthal may actually weather this storm. Not only has his defense, in which he appeared with several veterans, boosted his image a little, but Blumenthal also has time on his side since the primary election isn’t until August 10th.

For more on this story, see the following video:

Discussion Questions:

1.  Why does the appearance of lying about military service anger the American public like few other kinds of misconduct?

2.  If you were Blumenthal’s PR specialist, how would you respond to these accusations?

3.  How has Blumenthal’s response been thus far?

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