(WEST HARTFORD, Conn.) -- If Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal thought his campaign had moved past the controversy over misleading statements he made about his service during the Vietnam War, he was wrong.
Blumenthal’s Republican opponent, Linda McMahon, released a new television ad on Monday using a clip of Blumenthal suggesting that he served in Vietnam.
The 30-second spot comes on the same day the two were expected to meet for their first official debate of the general election.
The ad features what the McMahon campaign said was a newly-uncovered clip of Blumenthal embellishing his service during the Vietnam War period at a 2003 appearance in Bridgeport, Conn.
The New York Times first reported in May the Democratic Senate hopeful had taken liberties with his military record -- he did not serve in Vietnam, but received a series of deferments before joining the Marine Corps Reserve. Blumenthal acknowledged his misstatements, but largely dismissed them as a series of “misplaced words.”
Though a Quinnipiac University poll released in mid-September suggested that for most voters the Vietnam issue would not be a major factor in their decision on Election Day, the race has been tightening and now both candidates appear to be running neck-and-neck in the final weeks of the campaign.
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