Post by CMF Newsman on Jul 21, 2012 8:19:06 GMT -5
BOW, N.H. — President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney quickly halted the election-year mudslinging that has marked the race for the past month as both candidates called for compassion and somber prayer in the wake of the Colorado massacre.
The Romney camp shifted gears at a campaign event slated for a lumber yard here as staffers took down negative signs about the Obama campaign, stopped the music and draped flags prominently around the site.
“I stand before you today not as a man running for office, but as a father, a grandfather, a husband, an American,” said Romney, who reached out to his Democratic opponent as a show of unity following reports that a dozen people were fatally shot and 58 were injured at a Colorado movie theater.
“Our hearts break with the sadness of this unspeakable tragedy. Ann and I join the president and the first lady in joining all Americans in offering our deepest condolences,” the former Bay State governor said.