Romney to stop discussing slain SEAL after mother complains

By REUTERS
October 11, 2012 08:26

 
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MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will stop telling the story of a former US Navy SEAL killed in Libya after the man's mother complained his death was being politicized.

Romney on the campaign trail on Tuesday began telling the story of Glen Doherty, who he met at a Christmas party a few years ago and learned last week that he had been killed in the assault on a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11.

"Governor Romney was inspired by the memory of meeting Glen Doherty and shared his story and that memory, but we respect the wishes of Mrs. Doherty," the Romney campaign said in a statement on Wednesday.

Doherty's mother complained about Romney, who faces President Barack Obama on November 6, using the story of her son's death.

"I don't trust Romney. He shouldn't make my son's death part of his political agenda. It's wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama," Barbara Doherty told 7News in Boston.

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