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Friday, July 20, 2012

Romney's response to the CO shooting

Romney's response to the tragedy is appropriate and respectful. He showed real leadership with what he said and did today. He gave a great example and reminder to all of us as Americans. Here are some of his words spoken from Bow, N.H. where a campaign event had been scheduled.

I don't have the full transcript. As reported in Politico:
“I stand here before you today not as a man running for office, but as a father and grandfather, a husband, an American,” Romney said. “This is for each of us to look into our hearts and remember how much we love one another and how much we love and how much we care for our great country.”
Romney, who served as a bishop in the Mormon church while he lived in Boston, quoted scripture and called on Americans to offer prayer for those who are mourning in Colorado. He substituted the remarks for his normal stump speech and also pulled campaign ads in Colorado.

“Today, we feel not only a sense of grief but perhaps also of helplessness,” Romney said, using a pastoral tone. “But there is something we can do. We can offer comfort to someone near us who is suffering or heavy laden, and we can mourn with those who mourn in Colorado.”
“This morning, Colorado lost youthful voices which would have brightened their homes, enriched their schools and brought joy to their families. Our prayer is that the comforter might bring the peace to their souls that surpasses their understanding.”

The man who has avoided much mention of his faith during the campaign quoted from the Bible.

“The Apostle Paul explained, ‘Blessed be God who comforts us in all our tribulations that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble,’” he said. “What we do know is how evil is overcome and we’re seeing that greater power today in the goodness and the compassion of a wounded community.”

The previously scheduled campaign rally was stripped of its political overtones. The stage did not include the usual campaign signs featuring the candidate’s slogan and jabs at President Barack Obama, who struck a similarly somber note earlier.

Before the event started, the sound system didn’t include the usual country music playlist and, instead, attendees waited in silence.

Romney stood at the lecturn in a suit and tie, a more formal look than his usual one. He spoke for only about four minutes.

“There will be justice for those responsible, but that’s another matter for another day,” he said. “Today is a moment to grieve and remember, to reach out and to help, to appreciate our blessings in life. Each one of us will hold our kids a little closer, linger a bit longer with a colleague or a neighbor, reach out to a family member or friend.”
This story is backed up by the Weekly Standard, with nearly the same quotations.

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