WEST HARTFORD - Democratic Senate candidate RichardBlumenthal has conceded he has "misspoken" in claiming he servedin Vietnam but defended his military record and his commitment toveterans.

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At a news conference backed by veterans, the popular Connecticutattorney general said he meant to say he served "during Vietnam"instead of "in Vietnam." He called it a matter of "a fewmisplaced 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 haddistorted his military service. Blumenthal served in the MarineReserve and did not serve overseas.

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