Stop sharing Seal's story: Mom to Romney

2012-10-11 08:15
Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney wave from their campaign plane. (File, AFP)

Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney wave from their campaign plane. (File, AFP)

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Dayton - Mitt Romney has agreed to stop sharing the emotional campaign trail story of a former US serviceman killed last month in Benghazi, Libya, after the man's mother complained, an aide said on Wednesday.

The Republican presidential candidate had met former US Navy Seal Glen Doherty at a Christmas party a few years ago in their home state of Massachusetts, where Romney had served as governor.

Doherty was one of the four Americans killed in the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi last 11 September.

Romney first told an emotional version of the story at a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday.

Later that night, he repeated it in Ohio.

"I met some remarkable people, one of whom was a former Navy Seal," Romney told a large crowd in Cuyahoga Falls.

Political tool

"I just learned a few days ago that he was one of the two former Navy Seals killed in Benghazi. It broke my heart," a choked-up Romney said.

Boston broadcaster WHDH reported that Doherty's mother had complained that the Republican nominee was using her son's death as a political tool to win votes and portray President Barack Obama as weak on foreign policy.

"I don't trust Romney. He shouldn't make my son's death part of his political agenda," Barbara Doherty told the station.

"It's wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama."

The campaign agreed that Romney would no longer share the story at campaign events.

"Governor Romney was inspired by the memory of meeting Glen Doherty and shared his story and that memory. We respect the wishes of Mrs Doherty though," senior adviser Kevin Madden said.

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