Movie theater rampage shakes up campaign

Associated Press
President Barack Obama walks down the steps of Air Force One after arriving at Southwest Florida International Airport in Ft. Myers, Fla., Friday, July 20, 2012. Obama is cutting short a Florida campaign swing following the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting. He called the shooting "horrific". (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the tragic movie theater shooting in Colorado that left 12 people dead is a reminder that life is fragile. He says the event "reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family."

In Florida for a campaign swing, Obama asked for a moment of silence Friday and focused his shortened remarks exclusively on the tragedy.

Obama and challenger Mitt Romney both moved to pull down negative advertising. Romney, too, was scheduled to comment on the shooting during his own campaign appearance in New Hampshire.

Obama said the shooting underscores how "our time here is limited and it is precious." He said Friday should be devoted to prayer and reflection.

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