Candidates to take down negative ads after Colo. shootings

President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney's campaigns are pulling negative advertising off the air in Colorado in response to shootings at a movie theater in the state that left 12 people dead. 

Obama's campaign has asked network affiliates in Colorado to take down negative advertising that is running in the state. It is unclear when the ads will be pulled and for how long. A campaign official tells The Hill, "We have asked affiliates in Colorado to pull down our contrast advertising for the time being.

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"It takes time for stations to be able to do this, but we are making every effort," the official said.

The Obama campaign later clarified all ads will be pulled.

"We have asked affiliates in Colorado to pull down all of our advertising for the time being.  Not just contrast spots.  It takes time for stations to be able to do this, but we are making every effort," said a campaign official.

Romney's campaign is pulling all ads in Colorado until further notice, according to campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul. In a later email exchange, Saul said the campaign was pulling all negative ads for the time being.

Obama, who was scheduled to campaign in Florida on Friday, has cut his schedule short to return to Washington. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Vice President Biden and first lady Michelle Obama have also suspended campaign events on Friday.

Romney also shortened his schedule and Ann Romney canceled a campaign event in Michigan.

Colorado is a swing state being contested fiercely by Obama and Romney.

This story was posted at 10:29 a.m. and updated at 2:05 p.m.