BOW, N.H. - The campaign signs had been taken down, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stepped up to a bare podium in front of an American flag, politics put aside.
"Our hearts break with the sadness of this unspeakable tragedy," Romney said, referring to the attack of a gunman on a movie multiplex in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and wounded dozens more.
"I stand before you today not as a man running for office, but as a father, a grandfather, and an American," he said Friday to a subdued crowd of several hundred at a lumberyard here. "This is a time for us to look into our hearts to remember the love we have for each other and the love we share for this great nation. . . . There is so much goodness at the heart of America."