Meanwhile, the president and his presumptive Republican opponent in the upcoming presidential election, Mitt Romney, dialed back their campaigning in the shocked aftermath of the massacre, reports theGrio.
White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer disclosed plans for the visit Saturday night. Aides said Obama’s stop would also include meetings with state and local officials.
Friday’s deadly rampage briefly silenced the acrimonious presidential contest, with both campaigns cutting short schedules and pulling advertising in Colorado out of respect for the dead and injured.
But for Obama, the pause was to be short-lived. After his Colorado visit, he was to fly Reno, Nev., for a Monday speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, followed by a series of campaign fundraisers in California, Oregon and Washington state. Romney is also expected to speak to the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday.
Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address that he hopes everyone takes time this weekend “for prayer and reflection — for the victims of this terrible tragedy, for the people who knew them and loved them, for those who are still struggling to recover.”
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