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.