Mitt Romney at Wednesday's debate.
(CNN) - Comments made by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on the campaign trail in August regarding his sons' lack of military service continue to dog him.
During Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate, Mark Riss, a Stratford County, New Hampshire deputy sheriff with a son nearing the end of his second tour in Iraq, took his opportunity to ask a question to convey his disappointment regarding Romney's admitted gaffe: saying his five sons were "serving their country" by campaigning for him.
"I don't think you fully understand how offended my wife and I were, as well as others with daughters, husbands and wives serving in the war on terror, to compare your sons' attempts to get you elected to my son's service in Iraq," said Riss.
"There is not a comparison, of course," responded Romney. "There's no question. The honor we have for men and women that serve in the armed forces is a place of honor we will never forget, and nothing compares to it. People willing to put their lives on the line for American freedom are in a league all their own, and we owe them all our respect."
Riss's comments came at the end of a question he posed to the candidate, asking Romney for clarification on his Iraq exit strategy.
–CNN Political Desk Editor Mark Norman
This is a typical Republican answer to war. Lets fight a war, but with other people's kids. If this such an important war for America, how come Mitt's kids, Bush's kids are not serving?. Republicans are the true cut and runners.