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Colo. shootings prompt campaigns to scuttle plans
Obama and Romney curtail presidential campaign schedules following Colorado shootings
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) The deadly shootings at a movie theater in Colorado have briefly silenced the presidential campaign, prompting both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney to cut short their schedules.

They've also pulled advertising in Colorado out of respect for the victims and their families.

Obama and Romney used campaign appearances on Friday to focus attention on the need for national unity in the aftermath of the shootings in Aurora, which killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others.

Their campaign teams rescheduled Sunday show appearances by top aides and surrogates, essentially providing a break in what has been an increasingly testy campaign.

The rampage injected a new tone into the campaign. Obama and Romney have clashed repeatedly over the economy, Medicare and tax returns.

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