Obama, Romney Put Politics Aside Following Colorado Massacre

July 20, 2012 12:00 AM
Obama, Romney Put Politics Aside Following Colorado Massacre

" FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The deadly shooting spree in Colorado consumed the presidential campaign Friday, sidetracking a bitter political contest with a tragedy that at least temporarily brought the candidates together in common purpose. “There are going to be other days for politics,” a somber President Barack Obama said.

The president and Republican challenger Mitt Romney rushed not only to respond to the killings, but to distance themselves from a campaign that has become increasingly petty and bitter. Obama limited his campaign appearance in Fort Myers to remarks of less than eight minutes, devoted exclusively to the tragedy.

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“It reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family,” he said. He paused at one point to ask for a moment of prayer that lasted 20 seconds. A baby could be heard crying during it.

Romney embraced the same sentiment of unity in Bow, N.H., where he had been scheduled to campaign "

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