Mitt Romney joined President Barack Obama on Friday in putting politics aside to address the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater.
Speaking in New Hampshire, Romney said he was speaking not as the GOP presidential candidate, but as a father, husband, grandfather and American in asking the country to come together, CNN reported.
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“Our hearts break with the sadness of this unspeakable tragedy,” he told a subdued crowd gathered at a Row, N.H., lumber yard as he offered condolences from him and his wife, Ann, to “those whose lives were shattered in a few moments, a few moments of evil in Colorado.”
Like Obama, who revised a campaign event to address the shooting that killed 12 and injured 59, Romney scrapped plans for a campaign stop in Row and canceled all interview requests, his wife's campaign events and pulling campaign advertising from Colorado, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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He offered prayers for the victims and asked Americans to focus on the families of the victims and not shooting suspect James Holmes.
“There will be justice for those responsible, but that’s another matter for another day," Romney said. "Today is a moment to grieve and to remember, to reach out and to help.”
Speaking in Florida earlier Friday, Obama called for reflection and said there would be other days for politics, The Associated Press reported.