Amb. Stevens' father wants politics out of his son's death

Chris Stevens speaks to local media at the Tibesty Hotel in Benghazi, Libya on April 11, 2011. Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, was killed in an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi on Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012.
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The father of Chris Stevens, the slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya, said he does not want the death of his son to become part of campaign-season politics.

"It would really be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue," Jan Stevens told Bloomberg News in a telephone interview.

Stevens added that he thought his son's death is being "adequately investigated."

"We don't pretend to be experts in security. It has to be objectively examined. That's where it belongs. It does not belong in the campaign arena," said Stevens, 77, an attorney and registered Democrat.

The Romney campaign has sought to highlight the Libya attacks, raising the issue on the campaign trail, as evidence of President Obama's failing foreign policy.

At last week's vice presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden was asked about the administration's response. He said the White House wasn't told about a need for more security and he criticized Rep. Paul Ryan for wanting to cut $300 million from embassy security.

The issue continues to percolate as it became a central topic on the Sunday political shows. On CBS News' "Face the Nation," Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the Obama administration is "misleading" the American public or is "incredibly incompetent.

On CNN's "State of the Union," Mr. Obama's adviser, Robert Gibbs, said the Romney campaign needs to "stop playing politics with this issue."

Immediately after the September 11th attacks that killed four Americans including the ambassador, The Obama administration blamed an American-made anti-Muslim video that sparked protests across the Middle East. The president has since called it a terrorist attack and an investigation is ongoing.

"I'm not sure exactly what he's been saying and not saying, but our position is it would be a real shame if this were politicized," Stevens said told Bloomberg News, referring to Romney. "Our concern now is memorializing Chris and remembering his contribution to the country."

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