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Well a political bombshell to be sure in Connecticut in -- the -- that Democrats thought was -- -- and to replace Chris Dodd in the Senate.
Now defending himself against charges that he misstated his military service in Vietnam.
This is video of Richard Blumenthal from -- 2008 event it has been released by his opponent's campaign take a look.
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Well according to the New York Times Blumenthal got five deferments to avoid going to war between 1965.
In 1970 before enlisting in the marine reserve is.
On served on a US based not in Vietnam Blumenthal is firing back -- what is campaign is saying they released this statement saying he's always try to make it clear.
His marine reserve service never took him oversees the New York Times story is.
An outrageous distortion of Dick -- calls record of service he received no special treatment for anyone.
Dick has a long record of standing up for veterans tomorrow veterans will be standing up we did.
That's okay and he yes save his political future is the big questions -- chief political correspondent Carl Cameron.
Live on this breaking news story this morning good morning -- I'm -- it's definitely a body blow -- it will involve.
And he'll be with the veterans today he's got a news conference it'll be interesting to see how he further explains all of us.
-- -- aides make the point that they told the New York Times that.
Blumenthal had -- -- in the attorney general of Connecticut is considered -- very squeaky clean.
I affable amiable politician very very popular in the polls prior to this and largely considered a shoo in for the democratic nomination and likely to hold the seat the Chris -- giving up.
Big current incumbent Democrat from that US senate seat decided not to run didn't think it was possible for him to get reelected because of some of his own political problems now what would -- Has that type boats stayed on his record potentially.
That many worried that Chris Dodd had too many up.
-- -- with -- argues that back in March in a debate he actually made clear that he did not serve in Vietnam.
But there's no denying you see the video there he did say when I was in Vietnam in that -- video exchange so.
He is guilty at least of exaggeration perhaps of this speaking.
And some haven't already begun to accuse -- -- resonate -- Republican Rob Simmons a former congressman who's one of the front -- for the Republican nomination is already saying this raises very serious questions.
And the democratic opponent Linda McMahon -- campaign actually put this out.
Is obviously doing so.
Trying to undercut his chances to -- the democratic nomination.
It is a very serious body blow a question like this can derail -- campaign's message for weeks sometimes even permanently.
-- -- skilled political operative and the attorney general as they say with a large organization across an -- Connecticut to combat -- The fight back the kids today.
Yeah now and we'll see how does not press conference and -- he cannot contain.
-- this damage it is a big big political story today is getting a lot of attention.
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