Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
The father of U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed in an attack on the consulate in Libya last month, says his son's death shouldn't be made into a political football in the presidential race.
Jan Stevens told Bloomberg News that "it would really be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue."
GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and other Republicans have criticized President Obama and his administration for their response to the deadly attacks in Benghazi, which left Stevens and three other Americans dead.
What happened in Libya and its aftermath was a prominent point in the vice presidential debate last week and the subject of a House hearing on Capitol Hill. While polls generally give Obama the edge on foreign policy, Romney has been gaining ground since his strong debate performance on Oct. 3.
The Republican National Committee on Monday issued a news release with the subject line, "More Holes Emerging in Obama's Libya Timeline." The RNC declared that the administration "denied that it was anything more than a protest gone awry."
Jan Stevens, a registered Democrat, did not criticize Obama or Romney in his Bloomberg interview, and said he was not sure what Romney in particular has been saying on the campaign trail. "Our position is it would be a real shame if this were politicized," Stevens said. "Our concern now is memorializing Chris and remembering his contribution to the country."