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Transcript, Video: Mitt Romney Offers Condolences to Those Affected by Colorado Shooting

Moments ago, Mitt Romney delivered remarks in reaction to the horrific shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Below is a transcript and video of the remarks:

Good morning. And thank you for joining with the Senator and me on this very sad day. And thank you for Father Christian for beginning this gathering with a word of prayer. Our hearts break with the sadness of this unspeakable tragedy. Anne and I join the President and First Lady and all Americans in offering our deepest condolences for those whose lives were shattered in a few moments. A few moments of evil in Colorado.

I stand before you today, not as a man running for office, but as a father and grandfather, a husband, an American. 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. There's so much love and goodness in the heart of America.

In the coming days, we'll surely learn about the lives that have been lost and the families that have been harmed by this hateful act. We'll come to know more about the talents and the gifts that each victim possessed. And will come to understand the hope and the opportunity that's been lost.

Our hearts break for the victims and their families. We pray the wounded will recover. And that those who are grieving will know the nearness of God.

Today, we not only feel a sense of grief but perhaps also of helplessness. But there is something we can do. We can offer comfort to someone near us who are suffering or heavy laden. And we can mourn with those who mourn in Colorado.

This morning, Colorado lost youthful voices which would've brightened their homes, enriched their schools and brought joys to their families. Our prayers at the comforter might bring the peace to their souls that surpasses our understanding. The apostle Paul explained "Blesseth be God, who comforteth us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort them which turn any trouble."

What we do now is how evil is overcome. And we're seeing that greater power today in the goodness and compassion of a wounded community. Grieving and worried families in Aurora are surrounded with love today and not just by those who are with them and holding them in their arms. They can also know they're being lifted up in prayer by people in every part of our great nation.

Now, into the hard days to come, may every one of them feel the sympathy of a whole nation. And the comfort of a living God. There will be justice for those responsible. But that's another matter for another day. Today is a moment to grieve and remember, to reach out and to help. To appreciate our blessings in life.

Each one of us will hold our kids a little closer. Linger a bit longer with a colleague or a neighbor. Reach out to a family member or a friend. We'll all spend a little less time thinking about the worries of our day and more time wondering about how to help those who need compassion most.

The answer is that we can come together. We will show our fellow citizens the good heart of the America we know and love. God bless you for being here and sharing together this moment of sorrow. And God bless, the United States of America. Thank you.

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