(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."