North Carolina Republicans have apologized to Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine for mistakenly criticizing a lapel pin he wore during his convention speech as that of a foreign flag.
The state GOP sent out a tweet Wednesday night saying it was "shameful" for Kaine to wear the flag of Honduras during the acceptance speech Wednesday night.
But a sharp-eyed reporter for WNYT-TV in Albany, N.Y., Ben Amey, tweeted that the Virginia senator's pin was actually a Blue Star Service pin, often worn by family members when a relation is serving in the U.S. military during armed conflict.
He then posted a screen grab of the state GOP's tweet.
Kaine spent a year in Honduras as a missionary, and his son, Nat, now serves in the Marines with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, and is about to deploy to Eastern Europe with the Marine Corps’ Black Sea Rotational Force, Military.com reports.
The party thanked Amey for "letting us correct our mistake" — and apologized to Kaine and his family.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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