Father Of American Killed In Benghazi To Attend State Of The Union

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This file photo taken on Sept. 11, 2012 shows an armed man waving his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

This file photo taken on Sept. 11, 2012 shows an armed man waving his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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TULSA, Okla. (CBS DC/AP) — Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine says his guest at Tuesday’s State of the Union address will be the father of one of the four people killed in the Benghazi attack.

Bridenstine says his guest will be Charles Woods, the father of Ty Woods. The Republican congressman says he’s honored to host “the father of a true hero.”

“As a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, I understand the importance of knowing that America leaves no one behind, Bridenstine said in a statement. “I am honored to host the father of a true hero.”

Ty Woods was one of four people killed in the September 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty were also killed in the attack.

Bridenstine is backing a measure that calls for a U.S. House select committee to investigate the deadly attack.

“The House of Representatives must establish a select Committee to investigate the incident, the intelligence available, and the actions and inactions of those who should have been responsible for preventing the deaths of four Americans,” Bridenstine said.

Speaking before the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans Monday, Hillary Clinton said her biggest regret as secretary of state was the Benghazi attack. She called it “a terrible tragedy” that illustrated the challenge of protecting American civilians serving in dangerous parts of the world.

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