This morning in Florida, President Barack Obama addressed the Colorado theater shooting that left 12 dead and dozens injured. Obama was scheduled to speak about his campaign, but instead paid tribute to the victims of the tragedy:
Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama also canceled their speaking events today, campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told USA Today .
According to Psaki, affiliates in Colorado have been asked to take down “contrast ads.” The Mitt Romney campaign has also pulled advertising in Colorado, said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul. The GOP nominee will address the Colorado incident today at a previously scheduled campaign event.
In a statement released earlier today, Obama called the shooting “horrific and tragic.”
“We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded,” Obama said. “As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.”