(CBS News) In the aftermath of Friday's mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Mitt Romney on Sunday put politics aside, offering President Obama a rare word of praise for his actions surrounding the tragedy.
On Friday, 12 people were killed and 58 were injured when a gunman opened fire on audience members at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," the latest movie in the Batman franchise, in Colorado.
After a moment of silence at the fundraising event in San Francisco, Romney mentioned Mr. Obama's trip to Colorado, where the president visited victims of the shooting. Romney said he thought that was "the right thing for the President to be doing on this day. I appreciate that."
(Obama speaks in Aurora, Co., on Sunday.)
He said, too, that his remarks at the fundraiser would be less politically partisan than they might otherwise have been, considering the circumstances.
"I will note that my remarks here today will not be as partisan as normal," he continued.
"We obviously have heavy hearts. It is a reminder of loss, a loss of young minds and youthful voices and souring spirits lost senselessly and thoughtlessly," he said. "We turn to a power greater than our own to understand purpose and if not to understand at least to be able to soothe the wounds of those who have been so seriously hurt."