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Obama to speak after meeting victims' families

President Barack Obama pauses during a moment of silence for the victims of the Aurora, Colo., shooting during an event at the Harborside Event Center in Ft. Myers, Fla., Friday, July 20, 2012. Obama, who was scheduled to spend the day campaigning in Florida, is canceling his next campaign event to return to Washington to monitor the shooting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
AP Photo/Susan Walsh

(CBS/AP) President Obama visited Aurora, Colo., Sunday afternoon to meet with local officials and the families of victims of Friday's mass shooting there.

The trip, announced late Saturday night, will be a brief stopover; he's expected to be in Colorado for only a couple of hours and to make a statement around 7:30 p.m. ET.

Air Force One touched down at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora late Sunday afternoon for the president's hastily arranged 2½-hour visit.

His visit comes after canceling two campaign events in Florida Friday, after news broke about the shooting. "There are going to be other days for politics," Mr. Obama saidin Ft. Myers, Florida, before cutting short his campaign stop. "This, I think, is a day for prayer and reflection."

In his weekly address to the nation Saturday, he said, "the federal government stands ready to do everything necessary to bring whoever's responsible for this heinous crime to justice. We will take every step possible to ensure the safety of all our people. And we will stand by our neighbors in Colorado during this extraordinarily difficult time."

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates were among those who greeted Obama at Buckley.

"These families need that kind of contact by our elected leader," Oates told "Face the Nation." "It will be very powerful and it will help them. As awful as what they've been through and what they're going through has been, having the president here is very, very powerful."