Connecticut state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announces an agreement with Facebook to make changes to better protect children from predators and inappropriate content and to participate in a task force on implementation of age and identity software during a news conference in his office in Hartfdord, Conn., Thursday, May 8, 2008. The agreement was reached with 49 states and the District of Columbia. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal has conceded he has "misspoken" in claiming he served in Vietnam but defended his military record and his commitment to veterans.
At a news conference backed by veterans, the popular Connecticut attorney general said he meant to say he served "during Vietnam" instead of "in Vietnam." He called it a matter of "a few misplaced words" that were "totally unintentional."
Blumenthal was the front-runner to succeed the retiring Sen. Chris Dodd.
The New York Times reported Monday that he had distorted his military service. Blumenthal served in the Marine Reserve and did not serve overseas.