President Obama and Mitt Romney put aside their differences friday to speak as one on the Colorado shooting rampage.
"It's a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family," President Obama said during an appearance in Florida.
"This is a time for each of us to look into our hearts and remember how much we love one another," Romney said during a visit to New Hampshire.
The president curtailed his campaign swing through Florida and both candidates and their wives canceled campaign rallies.
Around the nation flags were lowered to half staff and instead of scripted attacks the candidates spoke from the heart.
"Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter tonight, and I'm sure you will do the same with your children," Mr. Obama said.
Both campaigns pulled their ads set to air in Colorado.
"There will be justice for those responsible, but that's another matter for another day. Today is a moment to grieve and remember," Romney said.
From opposite ends of the political spectrum, two leaders comforting a stunned nation.
"At the end of the day what we'll remember will be those we loved and what we did for others. That's why we're here," the president said.
President Obama is receiving regular briefings on the investigation.
So far law enforcement officials say gunman James Holmes has no apparent ties to any terrorist groups.