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Four killed in Benghazi shouldn't be used as 'political pawns,' mother says

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Barbara Doherty, the mother of a Navy SEAL killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, says her son and the three other Americans who died in the attack shouldn't be used in political campaigns.

Earlier this week Doherty had asked Mitt Romney's campaign to stop talking about her son, Glen Doherty, during campaign stops.

Romney had been telling voters of a chance encounter with the SEAL at a Christmas party he attended two or three years ago.

Romney spokesman Rick Gorka said: "Gov. 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."

Speaking to FOX 25's Heather Hegedus, Doherty said she was thankful that Romney agreed to stop referencing her son during campaign speeches.

"I am thankful Mr. Romney has understood our family's position that Glen's name shouldn't be used in a political manner," said Doherty.

Doherty told Hegedus that she didn't think any of the men's deaths should be politicized.

"I was very upset because four wonderful men died trying to make the world a better place.  They shouldn't be used as political pawns," said Doherty. "It is disrespectful and unkind to our family."

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