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Friday, July 20,2012

Campaigns pause after shootings

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President Barack Obama on Friday called the Colorado movie theater shooting “senseless” and said his administration “stands ready to do whatever is necessary to bring whoever is responsible for this heinous crime to justice.”

“We may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this,” he said. “Such violence, such evil, is senseless. It’s beyond reason.”

The shooting, which killed 12 people and injured many more, upended and paused a presidential campaign fought over small issues. Both Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney halted their negative TV advertising in Colorado, and both refrained from criticizing each other in their remarks Friday.

Obama also cancelled a campaign rally planned for Friday afternoon in Winter Park, Fla. He will instead return to the White House to monitor the Colorado situation, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

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