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Obama asks Newtown victim's mother to delivery weekly address
US President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks on gun control on April 8, 2013 at the University of Hartford, in Hartford, Connecticut. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Obama asks Newtown victim's mother to delivery weekly address

The dozen or so people who regularly tune in to hear President Obama's weekly radio address will get a bit of a surprise this week. According to Reuters, the president has asked a mother whose 6-year-old son was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting massacre last year:

Francine Wheeler, whose son Ben was one of the 26 people killed by a gunman at an elementary school on December 14, will deliver the Saturday radio address, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Obama brought families of the Newtown victims to Washington on Air Force One on Monday, and they have been meeting with senators to urge them to support new laws that, among other measures, would require more background checks for gun sales.

"He believes their voices and resolve have been critical to the continued progress we've seen in the Senate," Carney said.

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