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Dodd Defends Blumenthal (Update)

Circling the wagons?

12:23 PM, May 18, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Connecticut senator Chris Dodd tells TPM's Brian Beutler that Blumenthal's false claim of service in Vietnam is just a "bump":

"Dick Blumenthal and I have known each other for almost 40 years, and I've always known him to be the most honorable of people," Dodd said, just outside his office. "And nothing I read says anything differently about Dick Blumenthal. He's going to be a great United States Senator in my view. He's been a terrific Attorney General. So this is a bump but frankly I think that he's handled it well and as I said, I've known him to be nothing but the most honorable of human beings in public life."

Update: And Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez still backs Blumenthal:

DSCC Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Tuesday Democrats “will continue to support” embattled candidate Richard Blumenthal in his bid to become the next senator from Connecticut.

Menendez's declaration of support comes just hours after it was revealed Blumenthal had been untruthful about his Vietnam service record in a New York Times story that broke late Monday night.

"I think he's corrected the record in the past and I think his actions as it relates to standing up for veterans over a long period of time speaks volumes about where his heart and his actions are," Mendendez said before citing an event Blumenthal will have with veterans later today. "I'm sure those veterans who will be standing up for him today will make the case for him, that he will continue to stay in the Senate race and that we will continue to support him."

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