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Cornyn: Blumenthal scandal is Senate race 'game changer'

Five months ago, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, watched a once-ripe takeover opportunity fade away when Attorney General Richard Blumenthal entered the race for U.S. Senate in Connecticut. With the revelation that Blumenthal repeatedly overstated his service record during the Vietnam era, Cornyn thinks the race is back on the map.

"I think it's a potential game changer," Cornyn told me. "I think it's simply unacceptable for someone to lie about their military service and I think it dishonors veterans and those who do serve in harm's way -- so I think it's a potential game changer."

Cornyn declined to wade into the back-and-forth between Blumenthal and his two possible GOP rivals over whether one of them pushed the story to the press.

"I don't think it matters," Cornyn said. "The facts matter."

By David Weigel  |  May 18, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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