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November 7, 2007 06:24 PM EST | AP

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Maybe Mitt Romney should study his family tree.

Surprised to see a distant relative in the front row at a campaign stop Wednesday, the Republican presidential hopeful interrupted his education speech at a children's museum to introduce her.

"In the front row over here is my niece, Heather Glenn," Romney said. "That's probably not your last name anymore, Heather. But Heather is a school teacher. Are you a school teacher?"

"No. I'm a pediatrician," she responded.

"She's a pediatrician," Romney said, to laughter. "Deals with kids. I haven't seen Heather in, um, 20 years. Good to see you, Heather."

Romney resumed his speech about teacher pay, and they hugged when he was finished.

Heather Krueger, whose last name changed when she married, said she last saw "Uncle Mitt" at a family funeral a decade ago. While she called him an uncle, she said they were actually second cousins.

Though Krueger was "getting more and more excited" about Romney's candidacy, she hasn't yet decided whom she will vote for in the January primary.

"I'm staying open," she said.

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Compiled by Seanna Adcox