Obama, Romney take the day off, attend church

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leaves the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after services on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 in Wolefboro, N.H.
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(CBS News) After a brutal week of campaigning that included Mitt Romney saying the Obama campaign is based on "division and attack and hatred" and President Obama calling Romney's policies "trickle-down snake oil," both Romney and Mr. Obama took the day off the campaign trail to spend with family and attend church.

At his vacation home in Wolfeboro, NH, Romney attended the first two hours of a three-hour service with his wife and one of his sons and six grandchildren.

Romney received a warm welcome from at least two congregants who welcomed the presidential candidate back.

"Welcome back," an elderly woman said, giving Romney a hug, the pool reporter noted. Romney responded with a cheerful "thank you."

Romney, who held an iPad in which he periodically looked at, appeared to listen attentively to talks by a recent missionary who is also a member of the prominent Marriot hotel family, and a sermon about "personal revelation" to be a better person and also help those less fortunate.

Mitt and Ann Romney left the church around noon Sunday, walking out with another woman who was taken aback by the cameras.

"You're in trouble now. You're in trouble now," Romney said to the woman as he put his arm around her. Ann Romney joked to the press that "she got caught sneaking out early."

The Obamas, meanwhile, also attended Sunday service at St. John's Episcopal Church across the street from the White House, a popular church for sitting American presidents.

Rev. Michael Angell held the service and called the country to work out their differences without reverting to violence. Rev. Angell referred to last week's shooting at the Family Research Council and mentioned that he grew up near Aurora, Colo., according to the pool report.

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