Obama, Romney to address Colorado shooting

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Updated 10:30 a.m. ET

(CBS News) Both President Obama and Mitt Romney are expected to take a break from politics Friday and will address the Colorado shooting at their campaign events.

Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, "The President will address the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado in shortened remarks" at his Ft Myers, Fla., event Friday morning.

Mr. Obama was also scheduled to hold a campaign event in Winter Park, Fla., later on Friday. The campaign told CBS News that event has been canceled.

First Lady Michelle Obama was scheduled to hold two campaign events in Virginia on Friday. Those also have been canceled.

The Obama campaign told CBS News that they have asked Colorado TV stations to stop running ads attacking Romney "for the time being." The campaign adds, "It takes time for stations to be able to do this, but we are making every effort."

Meantime, Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in an email that the Republican candidate will address the shooting at his campaign event in Bow, N.H., though the campaign adds his event will not be a "typical campaign event" and he'll just be addressing the tragedy.

Earlier, Mr. Obama and Romney both said they were "saddened"by the shooting.

  • Steve Chaggaris

    Steve Chaggaris is CBS News' senior political editor.


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