Due to an editing mistake, a headline that appeared last night and early this morning incorrectly identified Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as a Republican. He is a Democrat, and his correct party has been noted in a revised headline.
The New York Times story linked refers to the fact Blumenthal made up claims about alleged Vietnam service he never completed.
The Times‘ Raymond Hernandez wrote:
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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,Ã¢â‚¬Â Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it Ã¢â‚¬â€ Afghanistan or Iraq Ã¢â‚¬â€ we owe our military men and women unconditional support.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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.
We sincerely apologize for the error.