Romney: 'Right thing' for president to meet families in Aurora
July 23rd, 2012
07:50 AM ET
6 years ago

Romney: 'Right thing' for president to meet families in Aurora

(CNN) – Mitt Romney said at a fundraising event Sunday it was the "right thing" for President Barack Obama to meet with the families of those gunned down in Friday's deadly movie theater rampage in Aurora, Colorado.

Obama flew on Air Force One on Sunday evening to Aurora, where he met with families at a hospital for more than two hours before delivering brief remarks to the media.

Romney, speaking in California, said he appreciated the president's gesture.

"I know the president will be there before he'll be here in San Francisco visiting with families and the victims, which is the right thing for the president to be doing on this day. I appreciate that," Romney said.

Before beginning his remarks, Romney asked for a moment of silence to remember the victims of Friday's shooting, which took place at a movie theater screening the latest installment of the Batman film franchise.

"Our hearts are with the many people who have lost loved ones in Colorado and other places, but particularly we are thinking of the people in Aurora, Colorado, and the tragedy that occurred there, the senseless killing there," Romney said.

The presumptive GOP nominee's remarks capped off a campaign-free weekend. Following Friday's shooting, both Romney and Obama turned previously scheduled rallies into solemn events to express sorrow for the Colorado massacre. Both campaigns cancelled later events on Friday and pulled political advertising from the airwaves in Colorado.

On Sunday, Obama's campaign said it would keep ads off the air through Friday, and Romney's team said the ads would remain down "until further notice."

Romney prefaced his remarks Sunday by saying he would "not be as partisan as normal," saying instead he wanted to talk more about his vision for the country.

"We obviously have heavy hearts," Romney said. "It is a reminder of loss, a loss of young minds and youthful voices and soaring spirits lost senselessly and thoughtlessly. We turn to a power greater than our own to understand the purpose and if not to understand at least to be able to soothe the wounds of those who have been so seriously hurt."

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Nice of you to "appreciate" his actions, but they were not done for your approval
    President Obama is compassionate by nature and a class act.
    You, Romney, stand to learn a lot from this world-class statesman, and individual.

    July 23, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  2. Jerry

    This guy (Mr. Romney) seems to be a real and sincere gentleman. I really, really wish I could say the same thing about his divisive/hypocritical/opportunistic opponent (Mr. Obama).

    July 23, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  3. Mark D.

    Glad he has appropriately assessed the situation and approves.

    July 23, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Romney prefaced his remarks Sunday by saying he would "not be as partisan as normal," saying instead he wanted to talk more about his vision for the country.

    "Not as partisan..." I guess that means the scorched-earth campaign will only be carpet-bombing? The usual "code" words will be used to generate the birther, muslim, socialist/marxists/communist (They use them all so interchangebly I can't remember which one it is this week) innuendo. As for your vision, that would be refreshing Flip. Since you provide few details of what you would do and plenty of "Obama bad, me good" propaganda, some specifics would be nice but I won't hold my breath. More of the same tripe to come

    July 23, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  5. CNN Fan is right ting for the President to meet those victims....while Romney was attacking him at fundraising....I think Coloradans..know who they vote for this November....
    One thing about Romney's campaign....they don't have any idea what they will do...they just wait and see what the President do....and then funny...they are poor to create their own can we vote for someone who dont have main idea or principle and they always flip flop all the time....Americans will vote for the one who knows where they lead them and share everything.....even the Tax Return......

    July 23, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  6. n

    Still don't trust Romney's words. Old saying, " A tiger can't change it's stripes" Romney is just playing the grown up game . . . America, don't be fooled, this snake is of the most slippery kind.

    July 23, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  7. Mgc

    How nice of him to give the president permission to be president, what arrogance!!

    July 23, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. gurgyl

    We all know, This nation should know, Obama is the Best President in Modern History. Yes, On Obama12.

    July 23, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  9. ohio voter

    at least Romney gave us that gentleman spirit. On the other side of the coin i do have to say
    that he has expressed absolutely no specifics at all concerning his vision for this country.
    I think he is every bit a wild card as W was and look what happened with that.
    I really do believe that the republican party is no longer at all what it used to be. It is now
    an unpredictable and dangerous influence in American politics. Michelle Bachman proved
    that beyond a shadow of a doubt last week. I cannot morally vote for this party any more.
    I do appreciate Romney's sentiments about the unbelievable act in Colorado but he and his
    colleagues are too risky anymore. Obama seems to care about things that matter much more
    than romney to me.

    July 23, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  10. Sandy

    The President didn't need your approval, Romney!

    July 23, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  11. Dave

    So Romney wants to talk about his vision for America? I takes a tragedy to get him to shift to this? Instead of the constant negative campaigning, he should have been talking about this vision (whatever it is) for some time already.

    July 23, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. Irma in North Carolina

    What is this big liar trying to do here score points, by saying something civil about the president. It wont help him with his tax deals.

    July 23, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. Jesus Christ Superstar

    Thank Mormon GOD that Romney gave his approval of the Presidents actions.

    July 23, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  14. Jack in Florida

    It was so generous of Mitt to approve the President's meeting! What a joke he is.

    July 23, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  15. Tree

    Mitten, please go away we don't need you. You are a rich man, which is good and have alot of desires, but this desire to become President of the US will destory our country.

    July 23, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney is right. Not a partisan issue.

    July 23, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. pbk

    Again, Romney's trying so hard to look Presidential so he commends the President for an action that Pres O would take without even thinking twice.

    July 23, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |