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US Election Updates - October 10, 2012

Romney say he met former Navy SEAL killed in Libya

A day after slamming President Barack Obama's handling of the deadly attacks by militants on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya last month, Mitt Romney revealed on Tuesday that he had met one of the four Americans killed in the assault.

The Republican presidential candidate recounted a meeting with Glen Doherty, a former Navy SEAL who was one of three Americans who died with U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens in the attack on September 11.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters in Iowa, Romney said he and his wife, Ann, were at their vacation home in La Jolla, California during the holiday season a few years ago when they received an invitation to a neighborhood party.

"We came in, they had dinner, we had dinner together, we got pictures of everybody," Romney recounted. "It turns out this was not the neighborhood party. This was a family having a party with their friends."

Romney said there were several military people at the party, one of whom was Doherty.

"You can imagine how I felt when I found out that he was one of the two former Navy SEALS killed in Benghazi on September 11. And it touched me, obviously, as I recognized that this young man that I felt was so impressive had lost his life in the service of his fellow men and women."

Romney did not identify Doherty by name. However, his campaign later confirmed that Romney was referring to Doherty, who lived in Encinitas, California.

Romney did not know Doherty was the same former SEAL he had met until his neighbor told him last week, his campaign added.

In recent weeks, the Republican presidential hopeful has been telling personal stories in a bid to show a more empathetic side and counter perceptions of him as an elitist who is out of touch with most Americans.