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US Election Updates - October 11, 2012

Romney to stop talking about slain Navy SEAL following mother's complaint

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is to stop telling the story of a former U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Libya after the man's mother complained his death was being politicized.

While on the campaign trail on Tuesday, Romney told the story of Glen Doherty, who he met at a Christmas party a few years back and learned last week that he had been killed in the deadly militant attacks on the U.S. consulate 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 Romney was using her son's death for political gains.

"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.

A Romney campaign official confirmed Romney would stop telling the story. He told it to supporters twice on Tuesday and once on Wednesday.