President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney both quieted their campaign apparatuses Friday in the immediate aftermath of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. But Romney said Monday that his campaign is ready to proceed.
"I think we are, but we're starting also with a level of thoughtfulness and seriousness that I think is appropriate in the aftermath of a tragedy of this nature," Romney said when asked during an interview on CNBC if his campaign had "restarted."
Here's a partial transcript of the interview, which will air on "The Kudlow Report" at 7:00 PM ET Monday on CNBC:
LARRY KUDLOW: [L]et me just ask you after this horrendous tragic Aurora movie shooting, has the campaign now restarted in your judgment? Are we starting the campaign again?
ROMNEY: Yes. I think we are, but we're starting also with a level of thoughtfulness and seriousness that I think is appropriate in the aftermath of a tragedy of this nature. Obviously, the campaigns are under way. We're talking about our respective views and at the same time, our hearts are heavy as we think about the funerals that'll be held this week and the families that have been so tragically altered by virtue of the loss of life.
Early on Monday, Obama's campaign signaled they were ready to proceed as well.