Romney pauses for Sikh temple shooting victims
August 7th, 2012
12:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney pauses for Sikh temple shooting victims

(CNN) – At the start of a campaign event Tuesday, Mitt Romney held a moment of silence for victims of the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin earlier in the week.

"The tragedy is even more profound because the Sikh religion and the Sikh people are such peaceable, loving individuals," the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said.

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A gunman shot six people to death and wounded three others during a rampage at the Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee on Sunday.

Romney's comments came prior to a speech at Acme Industries in Elk Grove Village Illinois.

"I think it is also more tragic because the shooter was apparently someone who was motivated by hate – hate based on race, hate based on religion. For all those reasons this is something which touches us very deeply," Romney said. "In our moment of silence I certainly pray that God might rest the souls of those who lost their lives and comfort those that mourn."


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  1. Rudy NYC

    "At the start of a campaign event Tuesday, Mitt Romney held a moment of silence for victims of the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin earlier in the week. "
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    After the Colorado shooting he asked for an applause for the deceased. He's learning. Silence for the deceased not applause.

    August 7, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The right wing is only concerned with their wants to desires, at the expense of shutting everything else out. Look it up. That meets the clinical definition of a deranged mind.

    August 7, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. cali girl

    and how many days ago was the shooting? Sorry, forgot, Robmey was shopping at the local hardware store that day and could not answer a press question, "what did you buy", Robmey replied, "Hardware Stuff".
    This guy has no plan for the economy, taxes, healthcare, the poor and middle class, women, immigrants, LGBT. And now this, no real plan for the hardware "stuff".

    August 7, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. T

    I hereby propose we rename the Republican Party to be what it is: The White Christian Ultranationalist Party.

    The Christian Ultranationalist Militarists that comprise the Republican Party today are directly responsible for acts of racial violence against ethnic minorities in this country. Losers like this skinhead are prodded on by nutcases like Romney, Palin and the rest of them when they do nothing to disavow comments made by their supporters that demonize anybody who isn't a White American Christian. Any kind of comments made by Republicans in sympathy to minorities of any kind getting murdered is a travesty on the highest levels and is as emblematic of their moral corruption as any of their other policies.

    There is no way you can challenge me on this. I dare you to try. The facts are so immediately obvious: if you are a supporter of the Republican Party, it means you are actually a horrible human being.

    August 7, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Squigman

    Quite a sacrifice there Mitt. The shame is that your party embraces such behavior, for the sake of attracting votes. You're party stirs up hate, then runs and hides when it breaks out. Like they had nothing in agitating the perpetrators. If given the opportunity the republicans will soon have everyone hating everyone.

    August 7, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. REDO Republican Primary

    How many MOMENT OF SILENCE is it going to take to do something to enact sensible gun control? At least the president and Romney should SHOW SOME ACTIONS that resembles EMPATHY..........AND DO SOMETHING to cut down on gun crimes. THIS IS INSANE ot have such a "deafening" silence.

    August 7, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. lolo

    @ T, I agree, but they since they are so full of the racist and nuts no one is listening or that they don't care because they have gotten away with it for so long. They think that if they scare enough people thay can take their country back. We as true Americans must not let this happen. They must be stopped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Susan NO LONGER a REPUBLICAN

    GOOGLE BAIN CAPITAL! Find the TRUTH about MITT's Co. 7 Law suits filed by managerial employes who were fired because they would NOT become Mormons! WAKE UP AMERICA. Do your own research. I was up until midnight reading. I totally BELIEVE Mr. Reid now!

    August 7, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    Dan J

    Can't believe that when this guys made a gesture in mourning, people on this thread are saying nasty things about Romney, and of all things, demanding his tax returns. Not the time or place. It's this kind of crap that leads to incivility. Thank you guys for turning me off to liberals. I won't be voting for Obama now. You guys really helped your cause.

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    You're either new to these message boards or enjoy being intentionally obtuse. President Obama has been accused of much worse and called much worse since his speech about this tragedy. That being said, you didn't vote for President Obama in 2008 and you never had any intention of doing so in 2012. Thanks for playing tho'!

    August 7, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Wake up people

    @T! I couldn't agree more!

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 7, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    Just out of curiousity, I wonder if a President Romney would have had the flag flown at half staff for the victims. It's something to think about. The right wing of the republican party has already shown their bigotry towards Muslims, what makes you think they don't have the same feelings towards Sikhs? They would crucify Willard if he observed a massacre like this if he were President. Just a thought.

    August 7, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Travis

    @ T
    "There is no way you can challenge me on this. I dare you to try."

    By your "logic," that sounds like something a Republican would say.

    August 7, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Catherine

    Nice of him to recognize the tragedy. Now, where are the tax returns.

    August 7, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Donkey Party

    The shooter was a right-wing white supremecist hate-monger, or more commonly known as the "GOP base".

    August 7, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. g

    GOP politicians, pundits, talking heads, and idiot talk show hosts lit the fuse of this powder keg with all their hate filled lies and rhetoric. Michele Bachmann is the worst of the worst with her modern day McCarthyism tactics, making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason withot proper regard for evidence. Where are they now? Nothing but silence.

    August 7, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Civility?

    Dan J: Can't believe that when this guys made a gesture in mourning, people on this thread are saying nasty things about Romney, and of all things, demanding his tax returns. Not the time or place. It's this kind of crap that leads to incivility. Thank you guys for turning me off to liberals. I won't be voting for Obama now. You guys really helped your cause.
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    Oh, Dan J, try not to come unhinged. What a complete load of sanctimonious crap. You're reading the CNN Ticker. In case you haven't noticed, this is a daily place on the Internet where people come to speak their mind. It's not a contest who can be the most civilized according to Dan. Oh, I don't know Dan, I'd say that speaking your mind on a blog is a huge jump in civility versus going into a place of worship and shooting away at a man you don't know because you don't happen to like the color of his skin or the religion he practices.

    You say now you are not voting for Obama because you think liberals are uncivilized? That is mind-numbing stupidity. Ask Michelle Bachman about civility towards Muslims. Ask Karl Rove about civility towards anything. Ask the GOP Tea Party holding signs of President Obama with swastikas blazoned across them about civility. Now ask yourself what your definition of civility actually is.

    Until the GOP trash-talking, hate promoting, holier than though Anglo Saxon machine stops trying to shove their religion down everybody else's throat and shoving a probe up a woman's privates for their santimonious beliefs, the rightie tighties have absolutely nothing that they can teach the Democrats about civility.

    August 7, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. R.I.P. Damon

    Innocent people were killed in a terrible tragedy, and we're talking about TAX RETURNS?!

    August 7, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. i want a mega rich Mormon who hides his money overseas, and a master tax evader as presiden

    Every time a Republican talks on TV these days I change the channel. All I want to see or hear is mitt the twits taxes. 10 years please.

    August 7, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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