Romney Tells Touching Story of Navy SEAL Slain in Benghazi

Yesterday in blustery Iowa, Mitt Romney touchingly recalled a chance meeting of someone whose name has recently been in the news…

Self-deprecatingly, the Governor told of an incident regarding a humorous neighborhood Christmas party mix-up in 2010. Before that night was over, Romney would meet a memorable young man from his home state of Massachusetts. As he continued to tell the story he became somber, voice wavering, and he choked up as he revealed the identity of the man.

Who did he meet that made such an impression on him?

Glenn Doherty.

On Sept 11th of this year, when terrorists ambushed our consulate in Benghazi, Libya and Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed, former Navy SEAL Doherty was also murdered:

CNN:

“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 killings in Benghazi were horrific and tragic…

A decorated veteran, Doherty served in the SEALS for nine years which included multiple combat deployments. His sister, Katie Quigley, said of her brother, “He was really good at what he did. He was a sniper. When he was in the field, his main mission was intelligence gathering. He served in Iraq when the palaces came down after the capture of Saddam Hussein.” Doherty also served in Afghanistan. He left for Libya on Sept 5th.

At the time of Doherty’s death, he was contracted by the State department to provide security for the consular staff. He leaves behind his wife, Heather Doherty, and two children.

American hero Glen Doherty
(photos from friends)

The Obama Administration scandal, in what some are now calling Libya-Gate, continues to unfold. It will surely be discussed at the next presidential debate on October 16th in Hempstead, New York, where foreign policy will be a topic.

UPDATE – Due a complaint by Barbara Doherty, Glenn Doherty’s mother, the Romney campaign announced Governor Romney will no longer mention the time he met Glenn.

Ms. Doherty’s comments:

“I don’t trust Romney. He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda,” she told WHDH. “It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama.”

Note: Romney did not specifically mention Doherty’s name and did not use it to denigrate Obama.

Our thoughts and prayers continue for the Doherty family and the loved ones of those slain in the Benghazi attack.


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Lots of Love for Romney / Ryan in Waukesha, WI (VIDEO)

Yesterday’s Romney/Ryan bus tour ended in Waukesha, Wisconsin where an enthusiastic crowd, estimated at 10,000, greeted the new GOP ticket. Newly-announced GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was on home ground and the throngs of well-wishers didn’t hold back…

It was a touching and emotional homecoming for Ryan.

Thousands cheered for Ryan and his family as they took the stage in the Waukesha County Expo Center. A visibly emotional Ryan wiped tears from his eyes as he joked that half the crowd — estimated by the campaign at 10,000 — was made up of his relatives. He is a fifth generation Wisconsinite and many Ryans have resided in nearby Janesville.

“My veins run with cheese, bratwurst, a little Spotted Cow, Leiney’s, and some Miller. I was raised on the Packers, Badgers, Bucks and Brewers. I like to hunt here, I like to fish here, I like to snowmobile here. I even think ice fishing is interesting,” Ryan said, calling out his favorite state foods and sports teams. “I’m a Wisconsinite through and through, and I just got to tell you how much this means to be home.”

One of the best rallies I’ve seen… Take a look at this crowd:

Romney / Ryan: The crowd was estimated at 10,000 at the Welcome Home rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Aug 12, 2012 (Photo by DG Jackson, click on image to enlarge.)

Ryan and Romney both gave fantastic speeches. When a couple of hecklers let loose as The Gov was speaking, the crowd responded with chants of USA! USA! USA! Romney responded swiftly and powerfully. As the last heckler was ushered away, Romney strongly admonished Obama for the sleazy campaign he’s running: “Mr. President, take your campaign out of the gutter and let’s talk about the real issues that America faces!

The crowd ROARED with exuberant approval. (Way to go, Governor! Keep it up!)

Here’s video of the entire inspiring event (has to be viewed full-screen):

Thank you, Wisconsin!

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Mitt Takes a Break to Celebrate the 10-Year Anniversary of the SLC Winter Olympics

SALT LAKE CITY — An emotional Mitt Romney clearly relished taking a brief break from the presidential campaign trail Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Winter Games.

“I love you guys,” he said, beaming at the hundreds of Games staff members and volunteers gathered in the Union Pacific depot at The Gateway to hear from their former leader.

The crowd, many wearing their brightly colored jackets and other gear from the Games, cheered and chuckled as Romney reminisced about his time at the helm of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.

With local and national reporters in attendance, however, Romney made sure to thank the crowd repeatedly for their contribution in making the scandal-scarred Games a resounding success.

“There’s power in unity,” Romney said. “We came together as a group of people not caring about who got credit, but caring about putting on the best Games in the history of sport and you did that.”

Later, at a special “Stars on Ice” show at Energy Solutions Arena, Romney said the community’s hard work showcased “the character and the passion of the people of Utah.”

He told the arena audience that he loved them, too, and “the experience that we shared together,” noting that when he took over the Games in 1999, he feared no one would sign up to volunteer.

Instead, nearly twice as many people as needed came forward. Some gave millions to bolster the Games’ budget, he said, while others worked for 17 days straight without pay or even tickets to events.

His comments came as Democrats and even one of his Republican opponents are raising questions about whether he’s overstated his role in turning around the troubled 2002 Games.

A trio of former local government elected officials, all Democrats, held a press conference on the steps of the Salt Lake City-County Building earlier Saturday to criticize Romney’s tenure at SLOC.

Romney is guilty of “arrogance and of acting as if we couldn’t possibly do it ourselves. He had to come in to save us and ride in on his white horse,” former Salt Lake City Councilwoman Sydney Fonnesbeck said.

Former Salt Lake City Councilwoman Joanne Milner and former Salt Lake County Councilman Joe Hatch offered similar accounts based on their experiences with Romney.

“He was not the savior of the 2002 Olympics,” Milner said. “It was the people of Utah.”

A video released Friday by the Democratic National Committee also accused Romney of accepting the same kind of federal bailout for the Olympics that he now criticizes on the campaign trail.

But state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis said Utah’s minority party has “no gripe with Mitt Romney’s handling of the Olympics. He did a commendable job. I don’t think it’s useful for the Utah Democratic Party to say anything other than the truth.”

The DNC reportedly lobbied hard for state party support of their national effort to discredit Romney’s claim of turning around the Salt Lake Games, a key component of his campaign, even reportedly using a top adviser of President Barack Obama.

Read the rest of the story here.

Thanks to the remarkably successful Games in 2002, Salt Lake City may put in a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee only has tapped three winter sites twice – Lake Placid (1932, ’80), St. Moritz (1928, ’48), and Innsbruck in an emergency (1964, ’76). Looks like we might find out next year.

Watch amateur video from one of Mitt’s speeches from yesterday below the fold. (more…)