Press Gaggle aboard the Press Bus en route Davenport, IA
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Aboard Press Bus to Davenport, Iowa
4:18 P.M. CDT
MR. CARNEY: I just want to start at the top to let you know that today at 1:18 p.m. Eastern Time, the President was notified of the shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington D.C., by his Homeland Security Advisor, John Brennan.
I spoke to the President following his being briefed by Mr. Brennan on this and the President expressed his concern for the individual injured in the shooting and his strong belief that this type of violence has no place in our society.
As you know, there is an ongoing investigation so there is not much more I can say about this specific incident. For additional questions, I would refer you, of course, to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and to the FBI. I have no other announcements.
MS. PSAKI: I don’t have any announcements, either.
Q Jen, you know the Romney campaign has been critical of the President — Mitt Romney said in an interview earlier today that the President has been driven by division and attack and hatred, and that he’s running just to hang on to power. What did the President think of those comments? And does he think there might need to be some sort of detente in some of the rhetoric in the campaign?
MS. PSAKI: Well, the President — you all have been with us, most of you, for the last two and a half days. And the President has been focusing his time talking about the contrast, the difference he has with Mitt Romney on issues like the wind tax credit, on Medicare, on middle-class tax cuts. And frankly, the conversations he’s having with people, whether it’s on the rope line or behind stage and behind the scenes, are about those issues and that’s what they care about.
Mitt Romney has made a series of tough attacks on the President’s record, many of them, including that on Medicare and that on welfare, are full of bold-faced lies. The President has also laid out some differences he has with Mitt
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