President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney have cancelled all campaign events Friday in light the shooting massacre at a movie theater in Colorado.
"I am so moved by your support, but there are going to be other days for politics. This, I think, is a day for prayer and reflection," the president told supporters.
Romney words were also absent of politics as he sought to comfort the victims of Friday's shooting spree.
"I stand before you today not as a man running for office, but as a father and grandfather, a husband and an American," Romney said.
"This is a time for each of us to look into our hearts and remember how much we love one another and how much we love and how much we care for our great country," he said.
Earlier in the week, the two rivals traded jabs over healthcare and the economy.
The president told seniors at West Palm Beach's Century Village in Florida Thursday that Romney would gut his healthcare reform law and plans to turn Medicare into a voucher program.
"He plans to roll back health care reform, forcing more than 200,000 Floridians to pay more for their prescription drugs," the president claimed.
On the campaign trail in Boston, Romney kept his focus on the sluggish economy, criticizing the president's economic policies.
"Not met with his jobs council in last six months. Took a look - done 106 fundraisers, so I think you learn something about president's priorities - job he's interested in protecting is his own," he told the crowd.
Meanwhile, at a town hall meeting in Ohio this week, Romney said the contraceptive coverage mandate in the federal health care law sets "a dangerous and unfortunate precedent."