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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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "hate based on race"

    You mean like Voter ID laws that threaten to disenfranchise millions of people this election and redistricting designed specifically to attenuate the effect of massive minority population growth in states like TX...that kind of hate based on race? Good to know he admits it. When is Mittens going to stop lying about the Ohio early voting lawsuit and admit he was wrong and that the POTUS is trying to defend everyone's right to vote and make it so as many people as possible are allowed to exercise that right in a reasonable manner? Is that going to be part of his message of peace now?

    August 7, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    Ok. You've said your two cents worth. Now show us your taxes.

    August 7, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. mcskadittle

    Really? Romney is at Acme Industries!

    August 7, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Two Of AKind -

    A very fine gesture from Mr Romney. He cares about his fellow Americans. God Bless him.

    August 7, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. California Gary

    He feels bad for the victims.........but defends the right of the killer to go out and legally purchase the firearm and ammunition he used. He was a known member of a racist organization and was drummed out of the Army, but he could legally purchase a firearm. And we don't need any reform in our gun laws?

    August 7, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Dave Jaipersaud

    What a hypocrite. Since Obama became President we have seen the true colors of the base of the Republican Party. I bet all the white supremacist hate group members are Republicans. Need I mention what Michele Bachmann and her buddies in congress are now alleging about honest, decent law abiding American citizens just because they are of a different religion. Eric Cantor, the GOP leader in the House is defending them. Newt is also defending them. Romney said nothing against the allegations of Michele and her buddies, therefore he condones their actions. People! When you have a large number of Republican Politicians making these types of assertions and insinuations it is not a fringe element of the Republican Party, it is the Republican Party.

    August 7, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Two Of AKind -

    This article is about Mr Romney honoring the victims of the Sikh Temple madman. He obviously respects ALL Americans – YOU people here don't even respect each other!

    August 7, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Darryl

    This guy Romney is just a Joke !

    August 7, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Jay

    Oh, Romney. With all these killings from the people on your end I think the election would go to the same guy that is in the white house now. Thanks Romney for being a piece of garbage. Why don't you speak up about gun control while you are there? This is not flying.

    August 7, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. 4JULY1776

    It's funny to hear about people being "disenfranchised" because they have to show an ID card at the voting booth!

    Nobody seems to have any trouble producing an ID card to buy a 6-pack of beer at the corner 7-11.

    Why is that?

    August 7, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Wake up people

    Blah, blah, blah. Where are those taxes Willard?

    August 7, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. racegirl1

    I am sure they appreciate your fake moment of silence, if you cared you should have said something when your right wingnuts makes racist remarks, but no they may not make anymore donations and money is your first name.

    August 7, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. demwit

    Dems should not have to show IDs to vote. And anyone who disagrees should be attached and silenced.
    Ummmm, progressively I mean...

    August 7, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. R.I.P. Damon

    I really need to stop reading the Ticker, some of these comments are making me sick to my stomach. Stop turning everything into a political attack for 5 minutes and recognize an act of compassion if you're even capable of doing such a thing with your obviously hateful and unfulfilled lives.

    August 7, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Travis

    @ Sniffit
    "You mean like Voter ID laws that threaten to disenfranchise millions of people this election..." The Voter ID laws essentially says you must have some sort of identification to vote. The millions of people that would be disenfranchised would be those that have not yet become a legal citizen.

    @ IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.
    "Ok. You've said your two cents worth. Now show us your taxes." Showing us his taxes is not a requirement when running for President of the United States. In fact, no one has to show us their taxes when running for presidency.

    @ California Gary
    "He feels bad for the victims.........but defends the right of the killer to go out and legally purchase the firearm and ammunition he used." Yes, he defends that right. People can go out and legally purchase firearm(s) and ammunition(s). It is up to people though, to use them for the right reasons, not to go on killing sprees or to harm anyone who has not done them any harm.

    August 7, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. n

    Where are those taxes?
    Romney you have yet to answer to a lot of conflicting claims and issues concerning your professional life as a business man and politician that are very disconcerting. And it behoves me to the point that I am compelled to pose the question as to why half of this country and news media seem to turn a blind eye to getting to the bottom of the old bait and switch game. From congress to the so called journalist, no one seem to be doing their jobs. This country is going to the dogs and we the people are being taken for a car ride on the roof tops of lies locked in a cage.

    August 7, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. i want a mega rich Mormon who hides his money overseas, and a master tax evader as presiden

    Why couldn't a stray ......., have found a certain Bishop who hides money in Swiss bank accounts. America needs to fight against this Thurston Howell fatcat who baptizes dead people. We r done as a free nation.

    August 7, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Freedom Lover

    For the morons that say this has anything to do with gun laws you are just plain stupid. It is much easier to get a gun illegally than legally just ask all the gang members in any city in America.

    August 7, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Pam from Iowa

    very condescending speech there MItt!
    Too bad nobody gives a R's A about your opinion!!

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

    4JULY1776

    It's funny to hear about people being "disenfranchised" because they have to show an ID card at the voting booth!

    Nobody seems to have any trouble producing an ID card to buy a 6-pack of beer at the corner 7-11.

    Why is that?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Maybe because they're older than 21, and therefore aren't asked for ID prior to purchasing said six-pack.

    August 7, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. Road Runner

    "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."

    Okay Willard, let's talk about religion. Did you also explain to the crowd at Acme Industries that your Mormon faith believes that it is the one true faith and that these Sikh victims have no way to actually rest with God unless they are baptized by proxy into the Mormon LDS church?

    Willard Wile E. Coyote Romney went to Acme Industries, and the whole thing blew up in his face.

    August 7, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Person of Interest

    Too bad the GOP has become the party of hate. If it's not African Americans, it's the Muslims, if not them it's the gays...I'd be more impressed if he used the opportunity to talk about every religion having a right to pray and live in peace. Perhaps say something about the Mosque in Joplin, MO that was burned down or the mosque being attacked in Tennesse? Afterall, it's his base that's doing these things. They sure aren't voting for Obama if they are bigots.

    August 7, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    "Hate based on race"

    Whatever happened to the mormon church stance that "black people didn't have souls and couldn't go to heaven?" Is that not hate based Willard. Please explain to me you hypocrite. BTW, RELEASE YOUR TAXES NOW!!!

    August 7, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. 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.

    August 7, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    @ Travis...........

    This debate will be about economic fairness. The taxes Willard already released shows that he pays far less than the average taxpayer. So his taxes are a BIG issue when we're debating tax fairness. I'm not the one who set the precedent about releasing taxes, George Romney did! Apparently Willard has something to hide.

    August 7, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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