Mitt Romney has come under attack from the mother of a former Navy Seal killed at the US consulate in Benghazi, for using her son as part of his political agenda — as the man’s friend claimed that Romney was “insincere and stale” when he met the soldier.

Romney had said that discovering that Glen Doherty had been killed in the attack “broke my heart“, having met him at a Christmas party. But Barbara Doherty responded that she didn’t trust Romney, and said:

“It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama.”

To make matters worse for the Republican nominee, a close friend of Doherty has described the party where they met Romney, saying that he introduced himself to them robotically as “Mitt Romney, political figure” — only to go on and repeat the introduction three more times, forgetting that he had met them.

The Romney campaign have said they’ll stop using the story — which is probably best, since Mitt seems to have been “inspired” by a man he couldn’t remember.

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