October 9th, 2012
02:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney knew ex-SEAL slain in Benghazi

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Mitt Romney knew one of the former Navy SEALs killed in this year's Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, he told an Iowa audience Tuesday.

The GOP presidential nominee choked up as he described meeting the man his campaign confirmed was Glen Doherty, who was killed in the Libya attack.

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"We had a lot of things in common," Romney said of Doherty, recalling the two had skied at some of the same places, and that when they met Doherty had discussed his care and concern for people he had met working in the Middle East. "You can imagine how I felt when I found out that he was one of the two former Navy SEALs killed in Benghazi on Sept. 11th."

Romney only recently learned for certain that Doherty was the same man he had met at a party in La Jolla, California, a campaign spokesman said.

Reminiscing on a windy Tuesday in Iowa, Romney cited reports on CNN International that Doherty had left a safe location to rush to the aid of the consulate under attack last month.

"They didn't hunker down where they were in safety – they rushed there to go help," Romney said, tying that spirit to his candidacy. "This is the American way – we go where there's trouble. We go where we're needed. And right now we're needed."

The two men met under unlikely – and humorous – circumstances, Romney said. Several years ago he and his wife Ann headed out for a neighborhood party but did not confirm the address on their invitation.

"We went over, knocked on the door, they let us in 'good to see you' when we came in," Romney said. "We had dinner together and got our pictures with everyone."

"Turns out, this wasn't the neighborhood party," he continued, to laughter from the audience. "This was a family having a party with their friends all right?"


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Libya • Mitt Romney
soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Steve

    You dems are shameful. First, he didn't "know" him, he met him...long ago. If this story was cooked there are plenty of people, including the ex-seal's family, that could refute it. Vet the story and then spew your stupidity. CNN trumped up the story with the "know" tag. There are plenty of people that many of us met at one time or another that we wouldn't be sure if they were that person we saw on TV. The dems are very desperate if they are attacking this story and also if they had stooped to use Big Bird in attack ads. Talk about the truth of where our nation is...oh wait, if you do that...you lose!

    October 9, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    The incompetence of the Obama administration was a large contributing factor to the death of our ambassador and the other 3 guys. MANY people have paid with their lives because of the incompetence of the Obama administration. Univision did a special on all the young people in Mexico that were killed with weapons from the Obama administration Fast & Furious operation.

    October 9, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. hammer

    You people are sick.Why don't you just sit and watch Big Bird add that Obama put out.Thats all you have.

    October 9, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. simp

    I dont care what you romney cheerleaders on this blog says, mitt the liar said he knew him and they had somethings in common. read the darn article this idiot romney will do anything for a vote he is totally shameless and heartless.

    October 9, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. SOLYNDRA - FAST AND FURIOUS - MF GLOBAL

    Dems and Liberals,
    How does it feel to see you candidate circling the drain?

    October 9, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. In Wow

    Wow it is sad that people on here are so blinded by the left that they find a way to attack this.

    October 9, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts

    The incompetence of the Obama administration was a large contributing factor to the death of our ambassador and the other 3 guys. MANY people have paid with their lives because of the incompetence of the Obama administration. Univision did a special on all the young people in Mexico that were killed with weapons from the Obama administration Fast & Furious operation.
    **************************************************
    Still at it with that red herring? How many Americans have died because of the false proposition that there were WMDs in Iraq? Come on, I'm sure you have those numbers memorized, you sick SOB.

    October 9, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. robert

    strange that most everyone on this post appears to be an obama supportor......such hate from liberals who can't stand being losers....what next......obama choked at debate because? let me guess......the air was too thin....no wait, he forgot his notes....no wait, he forgot his lucky socks....no wait, he couldn't decide whether to wear a blue or dark blue tie.....no wait, he was thinking of Clint Easwood :) yes, that's it.....the empty suit voted not present again!

    October 9, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Truth will Prevail

    WHAT A DISASTER this OBAMA administration has turned out to be....this makes any prior president's corruption look like a "walk in the park"...PEOPLE we are talking about our AMBASSADOR and three former SEALS....where is our PATRIOTISM....CNN your NEWS NETWORK is a JOKE ...worse you don't care about our Americans!!!

    October 9, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    I'm taking my partisan hat off and calling it like it is. If I ever considered voting for you or even if I were a republican Willard, you just lost my vote with this. Using Mr. Doherty's death for political gain is shameful and pathetic.

    October 9, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. NameChi

    No one is shameful,why it took so long for him to say he knew him. Mitt just stick to the economy!!

    October 9, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Yonni

    What troubling is that amoral man seeking the highest office in the land, if he succeed there are at least other 15 Romanys running for the same office because have the money, the time and the connection what will stop them.

    October 9, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. how inept can mitt be?

    It took him 30 days to realize this? sounds like complete BS. btw...he screwed up taking his wife to a neighbor party but wants to run your country.

    October 9, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Borderless

    And the Obamakin says "Liar!". Can you people come up with something else. Shrieking "Liar!" every time someone other than Obama speaks is getting old and no one is buying it.

    October 9, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. jimmo

    When there is real trouble the Romney family is nowhere to be found. He holed up in France during the Vietnam war for 4 years with the Mormon Church on a mission (Wow). And none of his 5 sons have never served in uniform like most of us.

    October 9, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Several years ago he and his wife Ann headed out for a neighborhood party but did not confirm the address on their invitation.

    "We went over, knocked on the door, they let us in 'good to see you' when we came in," Romney said. "We had dinner together and got our pictures with everyone."

    "Turns out, this wasn't the neighborhood party," he continued, to laughter from the audience. "This was a family having a party with their friends all right?"
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    Turns out, Mitt and Ann can't read directions? Not too surprising, coming from these two.

    October 9, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. 4moreyears

    Anything for a Vote.

    October 9, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Joe

    Electing Mitt Romney= World War III

    October 9, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. elrnow

    Romney was looking for an opportunity to show he is human. But his heart is hard as stone! Doesn't care for the poor he said it himself.

    October 9, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Borderless

    Romney expresses concern over a man he knew that had died in Benghazi. Obama expresses no concern over a man he didn't know that he allowed to die in Benghazi. Yet his drooling supporters continue to want the worst president in American history to continue on.

    October 9, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Pete

    @Steve,truth hurts,judge for yourself,if a man lies as much as your Mormon moron does you have to question the validity of anything he says whether you like it or not,that's human nature!!His recent debate was a great performance,just that because over 75% of his so called facts were again just that lies made by a pathelogical liar that's been taught since birth in the Mormon religious cult that they're allowed to lie for their lord and their protection.So for Romney to lie its normal that's why he acts cold to it not showing any change in emotion,he'd be good on a polygragh machine wouldn't he.So to all you ignorent sheep that think Romneys your boy beware of people like him baring gifts,his may be one like Bush gave us all years ago,a very costly one and he was a so called business man too,want did that get us,you tell me hypocrites!!

    October 9, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. judy

    so having met this man means what? The president had met the ambassador. Romney is a joke. Now he is all concerned. So concerned that he will stop out sourcing jobs pay a fair tax rate and bring his money back to the US, Right.

    October 9, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. jinx88

    Mittens is probably lying like he always does and his stupid followers believe him. Mittens lies just about every time he opens his mouth, thats why he has to "re-boot" his campaign every other week.

    October 9, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Indy

    Howard

    Our military HATES Obama ... who:
    * returns combatants to the battle field to kill our soldiers
    * leaks information and withdraw dates to our enemies
    * is making huge cutbacks on our military spending
    * orders our embassy guards to use unloaded weapons
    * uses and exploits our soldiers for political photo ops
    * doesn't allow our soldiers to fight to WIN
    * apologizes to our enemies
    * holds back absentee ballots to our soldiers
    You must have learned to lie from Romney because 100% of your post is outright lies and DON'T pretend you speak for the military

    October 9, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Once a Republican

    So he didn't really know him, but he's met him, couldn't remember it was him until very recently. In other words, he knew this hero just enough to use him in a campaign speech to shed a tear. Pathetic.

    October 9, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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