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July 20th, 2012
02:00 PM ET

Romney calls for unity following Colorado shooting

By Shawna Shepherd, CNN

Bow, New Hampshire (CNN) – A campaign rally for Mitt Romney was devoid of politics following a deadly shooting in Colorado Friday.

"I stand before you today not as a man running for office, but as a father and a grandfather, a husband and an American," Romney said in New Hampshire. "This is a time for each of us to look into our hearts and remember how much we love one another."

Ahead of Romney's remarks, a couple hundred people who came to watch to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee unleash his latest attacks on President Barack Obama instead were bowing their heads with Father Christian Tutor to pray on behalf of victims and their families.

Campaign signs and slogans ubiquitous at most rallies were gone, except for a few American flags and the Romney stickers people were wearing on their shirts.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney • Politics

soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. howart Dao

    Why does it take a tragedy and a bunch of innocents being killed to talk UNITY ? Why do the pols talk about dvisiveness right after they make the patronizing call for Unity 😉

    July 23, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  2. sean

    that nut in colorado was not a terrorist, morons!!! that's like saying bonnie and clyde or charles manson's followers were terrorists. jeffrey dahmer was a terrorist, or mark david chapman. no one wants to think this, but maybe there are just too many people on this planet anymore. all the same, this is tragic, so sad and at a super hero movie, i mean it could be any movie any place, it's a violent world. it would be nice , despite rising stress and perhaps mental illness in this country, the u.s. could try to pull it together some.

    July 22, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  3. Anon

    The Batman shootings were due to God's divine and ever perfect plan. /sarcasm

    July 22, 2012 at 2:20 am |
    • no one gives a sh it

      about romneys opinion and yours is way less important than his

      July 22, 2012 at 6:56 am |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    July 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the 19th century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!'

      July 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  5. Judgment

    The guns, ammo, and bomb making material freely obtained is part 1 of
    this horrific episode. A PHD student did this, had no criminal background is part 2.
    A movie starting at midnight which glorified Satan, had attracted parents who took babies
    to see this is part 3.

    1Pe_5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

    July 21, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  6. b4bigbang

    Today's young sociopaths were predicted in the Bible. They're described in 2Tim chapter 3.
    Note the phrase "without natural affection". The experts say that these sociopaths are lacking in empathy. I believe this to be the modern term for the aforementioned scripture.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I'll bet you do. Nobody cares.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Flint Fredstone

      So HeavenSent, why did you put on your "b4bigbang" hat for this one. We all know it is you.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Flint, do you really think that was HS? I was pretty convinced it really was b4. They're equally disgusting, no doubt. I just didn't see the resemblance you did. Was there a particular element that alerted you?

      July 20, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Flint, you do have rocks in your head. That person posting is legit.

      July 21, 2012 at 8:03 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Oh, the queen of mean Tommie, Tom makes Leona roll over in her grave as she takes her place is appalled over Jesus Christ's truth and pushes the lies of big bang and evolution.

      July 21, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • JWT

      Sociopaths have existed throughout history.

      July 21, 2012 at 8:21 am |
  7. Mr.Shark

    I agree with some atheists here.They seem to be more caring and passionite about helping others.They don't do it because they should.They want no reward.A Christian should do it because Jesus also did it.If you wanna score some points for the afterlife,that's messed up.

    As a believer,I actually agree with some atheist posters.Yes a believer can help without the main focus being some reward.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      The atheists in this country pushing the lies of evolution and the big bang theories since the 60s are the ones causing confusion in this country. Then they fake horror over what happened yesterday? GMAB. If any atheists are truly horrified over yesterday's tragedy, then you have better jump ship from the atheists fleet and come aboard Jesus' truth for smooth sailing.

      July 21, 2012 at 8:11 am |
    • JWT

      You're funny gal HS.

      July 21, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Make a joke all you want JWT, you know I'm right on target with the confusion theory of the atheists. Not you foot soldiers, but, the one's at the top to teach you this babble. Same reason Christians handles get hijacked to write babble. Confusion. Divide and conquer by confusion. Except, you atheist forget Jesus' truth. He created All. He knows everyone's heart.

      July 21, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • JWT

      Jesus' truth is a truth for you. At least the view that you have of jesus which is not universal. Not everyone believes the same – not even those that do believe in jesus. There is no fundamental differnce between people. Atheists are as likely to be good or bad people a believers are.

      And at the end you are wrong – I have never forgotten jesus' truth.

      July 21, 2012 at 8:46 am |
  8. Voice of Reason

    "We pray that the wounded will recover, and that those who are grieving will know the nearness of God," Romney said."

    Prayer is not going to do a darn thing.

    Obama's report did not say anything about god.

    July 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, ghouls, goblins or guns

      Unfortunately, Obama did play the religion card during his speech. Very disappointing...

      July 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      The report I was referring to was the CNN Liptak article, not mention of god or religion. I'm sure he had to sneak it in somewhere, he's the POTS.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Voice, Christians are paying close attention who acknowledges Jesus Christ and who refuses to.

      July 21, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • Anon

      Jesus can go screw himself.

      July 22, 2012 at 2:21 am |
    • Jesus

      So can heavensent

      July 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  9. Sheep

    I hope at least some of the victims were wearing their magic mormon underwear. That's the first thing they check at Heaven's gate.

    July 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  10. Atone Deaf

    Its obvious God did not want these people to see the Batman movie. Remember its all in Gods plan! God did it! Yea God!

    July 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  11. myweightinwords

    I shouldn't be surprised, I suppose, that in the wake of such a senseless tragedy, and our efforts to make sense of something so far outside our own understanding, that we see so many who can not discuss the event without turning to religion...even though religion is only helpful on a personal, intimate level at a moment like this.

    I see those who thank their god to have survived. I see those who blame god for their loss. I see those who search their scriptures for something to comfort them. I see those who search their scriptures for something to justify what happened/why they survived/why others died. I see those who use the fear of others to leverage their religious sales pitch into their lives. I see so called ministers descending where they have not been invited.

    If your faith offers you comfort, let it comfort you. If you wish to comfort others, do so, but keep your religion to yourself unless they ask. If you wish to be a help to those who need it, contact those already in place to find out what help is actually needed.

    Put down the flags and bitterness, set aside the politics and the insults. You can go back to your petty infighting another day.

    July 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  12. Silence!

    This is a result from more atheism that spreads its toxic poison in our country.

    July 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • sam

      So, I know you're just trolling for amusement, but what would your reaction be if the shooter turned out to consider himself a christian?

      July 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • .

      He would be no Christian, and atheists, really, now would not be a good time for your irreverent remarks!

      July 20, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      sam, is that a Christian who actually reads Jesus Christ's truth in the Bible, or a Christian who attends church and listens to man made lies in lieu of Jesus' truth? Besides, it's the confusion caused by pushing the lies of evolution and the batman and robin big bang that is the root of the problem as you atheists ensure Jesus Christ's truth isn't heard

      July 21, 2012 at 8:17 am |
    • Varney

      heavensent, do you have any evidence that evolution is a lie apart from you literal belief in the words of ancient middle east tribes adopted by your religious book?

      July 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  13. K-switch

    This past monday, some guy here in Tuscaloosa, AL pulled a similar stunt in a Bar. Fortunatley no one was killed, but 18 were wounded. I feel for the residents there, sad when it happens so close to home.

    July 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  14. Jesus is Lame

    Worship money.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • No he wasn't

      Jesus walked around quite well.

      July 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  15. Tophu

    Hi! I am really into masochism, so if anyone has any questions about Christianity, I would be happy to start a thread where I get intellectually bitch-slapped in the most deliciously obscene way!

    July 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!'

      July 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  17. Who invited me?

    Topher
    People asking questions re: life and death is one thing
    Telling them you have the answers is just plain wrong.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  18. sam

    Topher, you start this every chance you get; you're not actually going to talk about god or faith, you're looking for an argument. No one's in the mood, today. Try just once not to make things about you.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Topher

      It's not about me, it's about God. I've never once looked for an argument. I do want to witness and tell people about God, though.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • sam

      But I've never seen it turn out that way. If you meant it, I'd be all for it. But not today.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Topher

      Of course I mean it. You and I have talked enough times that you know I have no alteriar (sp?) motive than to witness and proclaim the Gospel. I'm trying to tell people about good news. I can't help it when people want to oppose me with swearing and blasphemys.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I hope the bad news that you are not in the mood today sam is that all you morons are being fired.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • sam

      HS: shhhhhhhhhhh.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  19. God

    Oh right. Topher is gonna 'splain it to us.
    Well ya see, Eve ate this apple ..... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    July 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      No, you already heard those lies from the RCC sleeper cells.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  20. Topher

    I've got about an hour before work if anyone wants to talk about Christianity ...

    July 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Nothing to discuss nor is this the appropriate time. Try to stay on topic here...this is about a senseless ma.ss shooting.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Topher

      I totally agree this a a senseless shooting. But there's no better time to talk about God than when there's been a tragedy.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • God

      I have a plan. HS prayed, and I gave her what she wanted. What ? Now you're complaining. TGIF.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Last time we talked you ended up admitting you could not prove the existence of your imaginary friends, so what's left to talk about? Your personal delusions?

      July 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Topher

      Yes. Come spew your hate on this message board. Way to go atheists.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Topher

      Using a tragedy to further your religion is a pretty standard, and disguisting practice. I'm sure Pat Robertson is very proud of your tactics.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Topher

      When someone dies that is often when people start to question things. There's nothing disgusting about them asking about the after-life. Would you deny them that question? That's very uncaring of you.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      I would deny some fuckstick attempting to push his religion and get converts by using tragedies to his advantage. Question the afterlife all you want Topher, but once you start using that tragedy to push your beliefs, that's when I'll say your disguisting, because that's the same kind of crap that Robertson uses to blame every natural disaster on groups that he doesn't like. It's the same tactic that people who go to funerals to try and get people scared enough about death to convert to their religion (they tried that shit on me at my grandfathers funeral).

      July 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • fred

      hawaiiguest
      church attendence trippled after 911........................it is the people who look for answers at such times. God does not need a soap box at times like this. Yes, there may be some who take advantage of any situation but no need to single out God as being a shyster.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Topher

      Hawaii

      I know you don't want to hear about God. But don't deny those who do the ability to ask those questions.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      You are such a fool the person posting behind the g o d handle. I never pray for another to be harmed in any way.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @fred

      When did I say anything about the actual god? I'm talking about people. Specifically, people who will use tragedies for their own ends.

      @Topher

      Your passive agressive misrepresentation of what I'm saying is so transparent it's hilarious. Then again, your dishonesty and tactics might be the right skill set to take advantage of tragedies.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      hawiianguest, you act as if you are quaking in your pants, trying to hide from God's wrath.

      Wake up call God creates everything.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Fred and Topher: We all understand that people look for solace at times like this. There are no easy answers at this time and there may never be. It would be nice if everyone could just set aside their personal belief/disbelief for a few minutes and reflect on how horrible this truly is and how best to come together to support the people directly affected. Just to add something more pressing here and something truly beneficial, Cineplex is donating a portion of the proceeds from tonight's box office, to a Red Cross Violence and Ab.use Prevention program.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      Did you hear the one about the Canadian that minded its own F'n business?

      July 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      You won't. The ass hole thinks it needs to tell the whole world what to think when its own country has no use for it.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @HeavenSent

      I wouldn't trust your delusional, bigoted assessment of anything. I could really care less what you think, all you are is some ignorant, evil little troll with nothing better to do than to revel in your psychotic delusions of others being tortured forever. You are a sad, pathetic excuse for a human.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, ghouls, goblins or guns

      Topher, you are mentally ill. Quite possibly as mentally ill as the sick fuck that committed this horrific crime.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"It would be nice if everyone could just set aside their personal belief/disbelief for a few minutes and reflect on how horrible this truly is and how best to come together to support the people directly affected"

      I gotta again in spirit on this point but after listening to the interviews questions to law enforcement, we are heading straight into the normal "find a way to link" mode. One major news company already apologized because one of their reporters reported that the guy was linked to the tea-party. I just feel that our country will not be unified again ever. In my lifetime maybe only something such as Lake Placid miracle on Ice and possibly the Challenger explosion, have been the only uniting. Even 9-11 many folks have politicized Red team vs Blue Team.

      Hard to be unifed when the most important thing in their world is if the Democrats or the Republicans take the White House.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • fred

      Mark from Middle River
      It goes deeper than red and blue right down to the soul of man that is forever drawn away from the things of God. To the atheist forget the God word if it bugs you and ask why you cannot accept goodness as the highest possible position for man. Why dodge around what is good and set your eyes on things that are of no benefit to others. Love your neighbor and love your enemy. If you cannot do that on your own you will know the wisdom of Christ and why you need Christ.

      July 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Fred.. why would you think that an atheist cannot "accept good" as the highest position of man.. what ever that means. What happened in Denver is beyond comprehension , and is the actions of a lunatic. What do atheists "dodge" and what are the things that are of no benefit to others we do?.. I love my neighbors and I dont really have enemies because i treat folks with respect...regardless of what they believe. I am sure that if i opened an "atheist " retreat next to your church you would not like it one bit. and summon those in your flock to get it moved. or would you leave alone and accept that god had wanted it there.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      fred mistakenly assumes that atheists are not empathetic, compassionate, ethical, and generous. That's because he's not terribly bright nor does he have much experience with others who aren't just like himself. Atheists are just as giving, charitable, and empathetic as any believer and probably more so than many of the so-called Christians.

      Unlike Christians, they don't feel a need to beat their chests and brag about what they do to help others. Unlike some Christians, they don't even bother to tell anyone else about the money they contribute or the hours they spend volunteering, because they're not doing it to fulfill a demand made by their church or their pastor.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      hawaiiguest, get this fact clear in your mind. You atheists are the enemy of this and every country as you cause confusion to flourish. Own that fact.

      July 21, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Tommie Tom, you prove you can't feel any of those emotions. You just know how to spell them.

      July 21, 2012 at 8:23 am |
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