Obama, Republicans cite duty to govern in wake of AZ shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he and Congress "carry on because we have to," in the aftermath of the Arizona shootings that left six dead and a congresswoman critically wounded.

In his weekly radio address, Obama cited "great challenges for us to solve," and pledged to work with Democrats and Republicans.

Obama praised the sense of community displayed in Congress in the days since the shooting rampage in Tucson last Saturday. In the GOP address, Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona also invoked the shooting, alluding to his work with Gabrielle Giffords on bipartisan legislation to make the House more open and accountable.

He took note that Giffords was shot during an outreach event outside a shopping center, what he called "a fundamental duty of a lawmaker."

He says lawmakers have a "duty to uphold our oath, to listen and to represent."

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