Candidates, on both sides, make statements after tragic events. It's nothing out of the ordinary.
As anyone who has worked on a presidential campaign knows, there is always an undercurrent of trepidation that the candidate or a trusted advisor will say or do something that connects in a very negative way with the vast majority of voters.
"I can't imagine any president not making that decision."
“We are not the same. I equate Republicans’ political views with thoughtlessness, intolerance and narcissism. They’re neither kind nor empathetic.” The preceding words are a direct quote, written by Diana Wagman, a novelist, in an Op-Ed piece she penned for the Los Angeles Times, on February 21, 2012.
When one writes about moral convictions, it's probably a good idea to consistently live up to them. That way people can still disagree with your convictions, but they have a difficult time accusing you of hypocrisy.
Waters: "Don't ever let me see again in life those Republicans in our hall, on our screens, talking about anything. These are demons!" Waters is addressing the delegates at the 2012 CA Democratic Convention.
Out of context: "It's an absolute dishonest cheap shot."
In politics, character does and should count.