Newtown victim’s mom to give Obama weekly address
by Associated Press Wire
April 12, 2013 12:50 PM | 682 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., meet with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., after he announced a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. From left are David and Francine Wheeler, who lost their 6-year-old son Ben in the shooting, Katy Sherlach and her father Bill Sherlach, whose wife Mary Sherlach was killed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., meet with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., after he announced a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. From left are David and Francine Wheeler, who lost their 6-year-old son Ben in the shooting, Katy Sherlach and her father Bill Sherlach, whose wife Mary Sherlach was killed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the mother of a Newtown shooting victim will deliver the weekly presidential radio and Internet address.

President Barack Obama typically gives the talk, focusing on a topic that’s in the news or a policy the White House is pushing.

This week, Obama has asked Francine Wheeler to deliver the address instead. Wheeler and her husband, David, lost their 6-year-old son Ben in the December schoolhouse shooting in Newtown, Conn.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama believes the voices of Newtown families have been critical to progress on gun control. The families have been in Washington lobbying members of Congress. The Senate cleared its first hurdle for gun control legislation on Thursday and will consider expanded background checks next week.

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