"Even as we debate government's role, we have to understand that when a child opens fire on another child, there's a hole in that child's heart that government alone can't fill," Obama said. "It's up to us, as parents and as neighbors and as teachers and as mentors, to make sure our young people don't have that void inside them. It's up to us to spend more time with them, to pay more attention to them, to show them more love so that they learn to love themselves so that they learn to love one another, so that they grow up knowing what it is to walk a mile in somebody else's shoes and to view the world through somebody else's eyes."
Romney expressed similar sentiment, before connecting the issue back to the economy.
"Changing the heart of the American people may well be what's essential to improve the lots of the American people," he said. "I recognize there are some things Washington and the law can do and there are some things the law can't do. What we can do is remove the impediments for free people wanting to build enterprises, from having the capacity to do so and going to work to hire people back into good jobs."
Rebekah Metzler is a political writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can contact her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter.
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