Congressman Watches Tongue on National TV

An emotional Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) spoke to CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield by phone this morning about the mass killings in a movie theater in his Aurora, Colo. district last night.

Fredricka wondered about his conversations with authorities. The congressman tried to weigh his words carefully. “I been on the phone with the chief of police and the United States Attorney there as well as some city council members and it’s a scene where I think the Aurora Police responded quickly and apprehended this crazy character,” Perlmutter told her through a shaky voice. “I called him a cuss word a couple times, I’ll try to keep my words cleaner.”

The White House Gets in Touch

Perlmutter said the White House texted him this morning at 5 a.m. to alert him to the tragedy in his district. He also said one of his children phoned and had been planning to see the film, The Dark Knight Rises, at a nearby theater tonight. “This kind of thing sets you back, but we’ll figure it out, we’ll pick ourselves up, we’ll console and sympathize and pray for everybody else and then we’ll have to just come together and move forward,” he said.