Obama, Romney Campaigns Cancel Events And Pull Attack Ads

Source:  Matt Negrin /  ABC News

The Obama and Romney campaigns canceled rallies and pulled their negative attacks ads after a shooter in Colorado killed more than a dozen people who were watching the premiere of the new Batman movie early this morning.

Obama, who is staying at a hotel outside West Palm Beach, plans to speak this morning about the shooting in the Aurora theater in which at least 15 people died. He then will return to the White House, skipping a planned event in Orlando, his campaign said.

Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan told Obama of the shooting at 5:26 a.m., the White House said. He has also been briefed by the FBI director and his chief of staff while on the way to the airport in Florida. Obama spoke with Aurora’s mayor and Colorado’s governor as well.

The Obama campaign has removed its negative ads targeting Romney for his time at Bain Capital and his tax records. “We have asked affiliates to pull down our contrast advertising for the time being,” said campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “It takes time for stations to be able to do this, but we are making every effort.”

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