Friday, 20 Jul 2012 04:17 PM
President Barack Obama and his presidential rival Mitt Romney both suspended their campaigns on Friday in the wake of the shooting at a Colorado theater that left 12 dead and up to 70 injured. They both spoke about the tragedy. This is what they said:
President Obama speaking in Fort Myers, Fla.:
“Let me, first of all, say how grateful I am for all of you being here and how much we appreciate everything that you’ve done. I know that they’re a lot of people here who have been so engaged in the campaign, have sacrificed so much, people who have been involved back since 2007. And so I want all of you to know how appreciative I am.
“And I know many of you came here today for a campaign event. I was looking forward to having a fun conversation with you about some really important matters that we face as a country and the difference between myself and my opponent in this election.
“But, this morning, we woke up to news of a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family. By now, many of you know, many of you have heard that few miles outside of Denver, in a town called Aurora, at least 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater. And dozens more are being treated for injuries at a local hospital. Some of the victims are being treated at a children’s hospital.