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Richard Blumenthal Presser: "I Misspoke on a Few Occasions About My Military Service" (Video)
hotairpundit ^ | 5/18/10 | HAP

Posted on 05/18/2010 12:01:17 PM PDT by Talkradio03

I think he left out the word "deliberately" when saying he misspoke, this is Dick Blumenthal's presser today, surrounded by veterans..(Video)

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TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: blumenthal; connecticut; dickblumenthal; military; misspoke; occasions; pressconference; presser; richardblumenthal; service
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1 posted on 05/18/2010 12:01:17 PM PDT by Talkradio03
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To: Talkradio03

He LIES with a STRAIGHT (UGLY) FACE!!


2 posted on 05/18/2010 12:02:39 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience....)
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To: Talkradio03

YOU LIED

how the hell can tose vets stand there and support him and he even has the balls to stand there in a VFW of which he is not one.

Are those vets there not got a brain or are they expecting a big pay off if he wins?

Its so obvious he is lying


3 posted on 05/18/2010 12:04:00 PM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Talkradio03

Is this how politicians plead, “mea culpa” these days? No wonder we want to throw them all out.


4 posted on 05/18/2010 12:04:34 PM PDT by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: Talkradio03

I served in Vietnam. I distinctly recall going there and coming back, together with a number of things that happened along the way. I can’t imagine getting it mixed up with pulling KP at Ft. Bragg. Just sayin’.


5 posted on 05/18/2010 12:04:52 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: manc

Just spoke with VFW headquarters.

Blumenthal is NOT a member of the VFW

Headquarters is as upset as the rest of us.

The woman did not know if there was going to be an official VFW response.


6 posted on 05/18/2010 12:05:17 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Talkradio03
"On a few occasions"?? I was ready to sympathize a little with the explanation that he used the wrong word. But on more than one occasion?? Fail.

7 posted on 05/18/2010 12:06:41 PM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: Talkradio03
No, you LIED, you jack*ss!

While I was in Vietnam, when I came back from Vietnam is not 'misspeaking'! I think one would remember if they were in Vietnam!

8 posted on 05/18/2010 12:07:07 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Talkradio03

What an idiot.

This stuff is so easy to track. Why would anyone in public (or private life for that matter) lie about it?

Don’t they realize what an insult it is to those who have served and in combat.

I mean the guy was in the Marine Reserves. That is a very honorable place to serve.

They always have to go one better than they really are.

What a shame.


9 posted on 05/18/2010 12:07:37 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (This nation, of the people, by the people, and for the people has perished from the land.)
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To: Carley

Carley thanks for the info...


10 posted on 05/18/2010 12:08:07 PM PDT by Talkradio03 (Talkradio03)
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To: Talkradio03

I say bravo for him, let him stay in the race. He will get clobbered in the election and the seat will turn GOP. If he resigns another Dem may step up and pluu a Lautenberg on us.


11 posted on 05/18/2010 12:09:40 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Talkradio03

Stolen Valor Act


12 posted on 05/18/2010 12:09:55 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: Talkradio03

I mispoke when I said I was a five star general too.


13 posted on 05/18/2010 12:10:00 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Talkradio03

Shades of Ace Harkin!


14 posted on 05/18/2010 12:10:10 PM PDT by Boston Blackie
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To: Ann Archy

Right, like what he said was NOT intentional and calculated!


15 posted on 05/18/2010 12:11:36 PM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for leaders that men do not think". A. Hitler)
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To: Talkradio03

It was suprising that this jerk was able to use actual Nam vets to back him up and to do it within the confines of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

This guy is full of it.


16 posted on 05/18/2010 12:13:15 PM PDT by hgro (Jerry Riversdun)
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To: Talkradio03

It was intentionally unintentional. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!


17 posted on 05/18/2010 12:13:53 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (DOH!!!!)
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To: SMARTY
Right, like what he said was NOT intentional and calculated!

Someone wrote the speech and he delivered it. He knew damn well what he was saying at the time!

18 posted on 05/18/2010 12:14:20 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Ann Archy

“He LIES with a STRAIGHT (UGLY) FACE!!”

And that is why politicians right down at the bottom with used car salesmen and snake oil sellers.


19 posted on 05/18/2010 12:14:58 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (DOH!!!!)
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To: kcvl

Of course. I don’t know what is more offensive ...the lie or the lie about the lie!


20 posted on 05/18/2010 12:15:10 PM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for leaders that men do not think". A. Hitler)
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To: Ann Archy

I think he learned from Hillary, when she said she MISSPOKE when getting off a plane and bullets were whizzing all around.


21 posted on 05/18/2010 12:16:37 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: Talkradio03

I simply went to the VFW website. Found the number of headquarters and called.

Can’t hurt if others called and see if we can’t get them to issue a statement clarifying that he is NOT a member of the VFW.


22 posted on 05/18/2010 12:17:02 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: hgro

Hubby was in the army from 1967 to 69 and has never once said he was a vietnam vet or a vietnam era vet,,he makes it clear when asked he never was in a ocmbat zone. Men know this difference.


23 posted on 05/18/2010 12:17:16 PM PDT by cajungirl
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To: Carley
"Blumenthal is NOT a member of the VFW"

He could only be a social member, not a full member. Unless they started counting doing Toys for Tots as foreign engagements which is entirely possible.
24 posted on 05/18/2010 12:27:05 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

VFW assures me he is NOT a member. The woman was as upset as I was at this spectacle.

If enough people call perhaps they will issue a statement of fact about this liar.


25 posted on 05/18/2010 12:28:14 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Ann Archy

This guy looks like Hugh Cronin (husband of Jessica Tandy...starred in “Cocoon”, “Rollover”, many others. Very leatherlike face, like he has had dermabraision several dozen times.


26 posted on 05/18/2010 12:29:47 PM PDT by katlynne11 (I)
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To: Carley

thank you for that and taking the time, so the VFW had no clue that he was gong to do this either then.
I hope the VFW comes out and states this to the media as it is disgraceful that he held it there when infact the speech was about him lying about his military record and serving overseas


27 posted on 05/18/2010 12:35:07 PM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Carley

Actually, we as Conservatives should let this one go. At least until after he wins the primary. From what I read, Conneticut’s primary is not until September. This guy is toast if he’s the candidate. If too much gets whipped up over this, he may not be the candidate. That said, you have to admire this guy’s hutzpa. Having a presser in front of a VFW surrounded by Marines. When he lies, he lies big!!


28 posted on 05/18/2010 12:36:32 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

The democrats are meeting next week to endorse their candidate.

I do not believe in poliltical expediency in this matter.

He’s a liar and dishonors all those who served our country.


29 posted on 05/18/2010 12:38:39 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Talkradio03

Just curious. I read his initial response that says he used “a few misplaced words”. What are misplaced words, words that you put somewhere and couldn’t find them or, words that were inserted into a sentence without thinking about the consequences or that someone would actually check them?


30 posted on 05/18/2010 12:39:21 PM PDT by kempster
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To: manc

I’m not sure that was a VFW official organization that appeared with him.

Anyone from Connecticut able to determine the venue and the group appearing with him.


31 posted on 05/18/2010 12:39:48 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Carley

The tape that is shown on hotairpundit does not show the Marines behind him. If there were active duty Marines behind him, he could have gotten them together from a local reserve unit. They do things for politicians all the time. It does not mean that they support him. The guys behind him to his right were wearing Marine Corps League jackets so I assume they are former Marines. Though you can join and be a social member. I would say that in general, Marines are probably 2/3 to 3/4 conservatives.


32 posted on 05/18/2010 12:43:15 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Carley
"I do not believe in poliltical expediency in this matter."

Just like they taught me in the Marine Corps, fight your enemy at his weakest point.
33 posted on 05/18/2010 12:44:56 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: manc

Quote; “how the hell can tose vets stand there and support him and he even has the balls to stand there in a VFW of which he is not one.”

How could some of them support John Efin during the 2004 campaign? Simple, Liberalism uber alle!!!! Liberalism trupms religion, morals, family, you name it. A liberal will sell anything and anyone down the road to preserve and obtain power. Libearlism is a liberals deity and the altar upon which they worship.

BTW, how long before we hear the MSM say that Republicans are “Swift Boating” poor Mr. Blumenthal who simply “misspoke.”


34 posted on 05/18/2010 12:46:58 PM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: Carley

Does the VFW have honorary memberships in the VFW so someone can come into the clubs? American Legions have ‘foxhole’ memberships for people who never served but want to be served cheap beer.


35 posted on 05/18/2010 12:54:36 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Carley

http://www.vfw9929.org/
He spoke at this VFW hall in West Hartford, CT


36 posted on 05/18/2010 12:57:06 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: FlipWilson

sadly you’re right.

they look for a D and that trumps everything, why they don’t get a grip and educate themselves is beyond me.
I could never support a party which cuts the institution I served or couldn’t give a rats ass about me


37 posted on 05/18/2010 12:57:55 PM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Talkradio03

Outrageous.


38 posted on 05/18/2010 12:58:08 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Carley

http://www.thehour.com/story/486614

Conn VFW head critcizes Blumenthal on Vietnam
Posted on 05/18/2010

ROCKY HILL (AP) — The commander of the Connecticut’s Veterans of Foreign Wars says he’s outraged that Attorney General Richard Blumenthal would say he was in Vietnam.

A New York Times story on Tuesday said Blumenthal said at a 2008 event that he had served “in Vietnam.”

Richard DiFederico says Blumenthal had been considered one of the best friends a veteran in Connecticut could have, and it’s a shame he has let a false claim change that. DiFederico says Blumenthal’s remarks diminish the service of all Vietnam veterans.

Blumenthal says the report distorts his record and he has always tried to make it clear his Marine Reserve service never took him overseas.

Ron Rusakiewicz, a 65-year-old vet from Milford, says he was a Blumenthal supporter until he saw video of the attorney general’s 2008 speech on the Internet.


39 posted on 05/18/2010 1:00:47 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Talkradio03

I called VFW, too. Their communications director said that the VFW routinely provides its space to almost any organizations. The supporters standing behind B were primarily Marine Corps League, and there was no way—other than by calling the CT branch sponsor of the event, and even that branch might be unable to identify any of the other gentlemen—to determine whether or not they were also VFW members. He, he said, had noticed no VFW caps.

The Connecticut VFW Cdr. has released a statement by this time (it wasn’t ready at the time of my call) that should be accessable on the CT VFW site. The National Office will take no position, make no statement. They’re audited by Congress, so they’re careful about IRS regs.


40 posted on 05/18/2010 1:04:02 PM PDT by Mach9 (.)
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To: Talkradio03
At a veterans event in Shelton, he said, "When we returned from Vietnam, I remember the taunts, the verbal and even physical abuse we encountered," according to a 2008 Connecticut Post story. -- http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20100518/US.Blumenthal.Vietnam/

Yeah, he just misspoke.

41 posted on 05/18/2010 1:05:30 PM PDT by Sloth (Civil disobedience? I'm afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut it this time.)
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To: libertarian27

Thanks. So glad a statement has been made.

Prayers for all our honorable vets. Those who served in the States and those who went overseas.


42 posted on 05/18/2010 1:12:43 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

It was a sickening display of sycophant-y!! Is that a word??


43 posted on 05/18/2010 1:14:46 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: libertarian27

Infuriating mis-use of that facility.


44 posted on 05/18/2010 1:16:15 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Talkradio03; Jim Robinson
call and complain

FReep the VFW

VFW HQs

They need to publicly repudiate Blumenthal for
stealing valor by using the VFW as a backdrop.

(816) 756-3390


45 posted on 05/18/2010 1:28:52 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Ann Archy

Is it true that he also said that he was the captain of the Harvard swim team when he wasn’t even on the team?

I’ve been watching this guy for years and smarmy is too kind a word to describe him.


46 posted on 05/18/2010 1:32:05 PM PDT by surrey
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To: Talkradio03

So apparently “misspeak” is the new euphemism for LIE.


47 posted on 05/18/2010 1:37:59 PM PDT by greatplains
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To: Talkradio03

This outraged me and made me laugh hysterically at the same time!


48 posted on 05/18/2010 1:52:38 PM PDT by Brittany Pounders
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To: Talkradio03

he makes me sick and the people with him make me sicker.

Let me see, he got deferments for 5 years was likely to get drafted with lottery number 152/366 and went into the reserves, is that about right?


49 posted on 05/18/2010 1:56:29 PM PDT by rolling_stone (no more bailouts, the taxpayers are out of money!)
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To: surrey

I’ll park this cache here - Hartford Courant is probably scrubbing their archives as we type:

… 10/08/04] ; THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIFE OF DICK BLUMENTHAL
Pay-Per-View - Hartford Courant - ProQuest Archiver - Oct 3, 2004
In Richard’s case, that meant four years at Harvard University, where he was captain of the swim team, editor-in-chief of the Harvard Crimson and a magna ...

The link shows this:
ProQuest Archiver is unavailable until 7:00 PM EST Tuesday May 18th, 2010 while we perform scheduled system maintenance. We apologize for this inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.


50 posted on 05/18/2010 3:12:20 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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