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Campaigns take somber tone after shootings

Obama, Romney put criticisms on hold to pay tribute

BOW, N.H. — The mass shooting in Colorado prompted a respite in what has become a bitter presidential campaign, with President Obama and Mitt Romney muting anticipated ­attacks on each other Friday to instead deliver somber tributes to the victims.

“We may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this. Such violence, such evil is senseless. It’s beyond reason,” the president said during a truncated six-minute speech in Fort Myers, Fla.

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