If I say "when I was the Queen of England", have I lied or merely "misspoken"? I guess it depends if I'm a high profile politician running for the US Senate. Dick Blumenthal, CT AG, has, on several occasions, said "when I served in Vietnam" when, actually, he was a member of the USMC Reserve and never served a day of active duty. He joined the reserves after his 5th deferment. Now he says he "misspoke" ""On a few occasions, I have misspoken about my service and I regret that and I take full responsibility," Blumenthal said Tuesday. But he described those remarks as "absolutely unintentional," and said the mistake has only happened a few times out of "hundreds" of addresses he's given. "