US President Barack Obama and his rival Mitt Romney suspended their campaigning yesterday out of respect for the victims of a shocking shooting at a Colorado movie theatre that left 12 people dead.
Obama, who over-nighted in the swing state of Florida, dropped a planned re-election campaign event in Fort Myers and instead spoke about the shooting spree at a Batman movie showing, saying the killings were "beyond reason."
He cut his appearance short and headed to the airport where he boarded Air Force One for a return to the White House.
His campaign team said they were pulling all contrast ads in Colorado, one of the key battlegrounds of the 2012 election, and Romney's team said they were taking similar action.
At least 12 people were killed and around 40 others wounded in the midnight rampage at a movie theatre in the Denver area showing "The Dark Knight Rises."