Richard Blumenthal

Taking stock of people and ideas in the news.
Sept. 15 2000 8:30 PM

Richard Blumenthal

He was supposed to be president. So why is he only Connecticut's attorney general?

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Correction, May 18, 2010: This article originally stated that Blumenthal enlisted in the Marines, rather than ducking the Vietnam draft, and that he was captain of the Harvard swim team. According to an investigation by the New York Times, Blumenthal joined the Marine Reserves after receiving numerous draft deferments, and never saw combat in Vietnam. The Times also found that Blumenthal was not a member of the Harvard swim team, much less its captain. (Return to the corrected sentences.)