In wake of the tragic Colorado shooting in the city of Aurora, our country’s leaders spoke to rally the spirits of the people and send their condolences to the victims and their families. Here’s what they had to say.
Mayor of Aurora, CO Steve Hogan spoke publicly Friday morning. He showed a tremendous emotional reaction, but had this to say to respond to the incident:
“To those folks with kids, no matter if they’re small or teenagers, let’s talk to them. Talk to them. They’re going to feel this. It’s going to come out. We have to do our duty as parents and civic officials…let them know this is an isolated incident.”
Congressman Mike Coffman of Colorado’s 6th District, which encompasses Aurora, spoke to CBS saying:
“It is just such a shock to the mayor, such a shock to me, and to the whole community. I’ve lived in Aurora almost all my life and nothing like this has ever happened here. I served in Iraq with the United States Marine Corps and I certainly expected incidents to occur, this level of violence, in Iraq, but never at home in Aurora, Colorado.”
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was the victim of the 2011 shooting in Tuscon, AZ. Her husband, Mark Kelly, tweeted this:
Gabby and I were horrified to hear of the tragedy in Colorado last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
— Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) July 20, 2012
Speaker of the House, John Boehner over twitter.
Joining President Obama, & every American, in sending prayers to the victims of this awful tragedy in CO.
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) July 20, 2012
House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi over twitter.
Our thoughts + prayers are w/ Coloradans as they grapple with the random, senseless act of violence that took the lives of innocent people.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 20, 2012
President Barack Obama was on the campaign trail in Florida, but halted the politics for the day address the tragedy.
Mitt Romney also let the campaign rest for the day and spoke in New Hampshire.