April 16, 2014

Obama Cuts Campaign Trip Short

( 4UMF NEWS ) Obama Cuts Campaign Trip Short:

President Obama is cutting a campaign trip in Florida short in the aftermath of a shooting spree at a Colorado movie theater that has left at least 12 dead and wounded dozens of others.

“President Obama will address the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado in remarks in Ft. Myers, Florida this morning,” the Obama campaign said in a statement. “Then he will return to the White House. In light of the tragedy in Colorado, the event in Winter Park, Florida will be cancelled.”

Vice President Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama have also canceled their events today, said campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Obama also spoke with Gov. John Hickenlooper and the mayor of Aurora, the Denver suburb where the shooting occurred.

“We do not believe at this point there was an apparent nexus to terrorism,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Psaki said that Obama campaign officials have asked affiliates to pull down advertising for the time being. The Mitt Romney campaign has also pulled advertising in the Colorado market, said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

“It takes time for stations to be able to do this, but we are making every effort,” Psaki said.