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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to give Pledge of Allegiance tonight at DNC tonight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will deliver the pledge of allegiance at the Democratic National Convention today, her spokeswoman confirmed.

The former congresswoman is in Charlotte with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly. Her appearance will kick off a night of festivities culminating with President Barack Obama's nomination acceptance speech.

Giffords resigned her Southern Arizona congressional seat in January to focus on her recovery from a 2011 assassination attempt. She recently moved back to her home in Tucson, which she had represented in the House.

She has taken on an increasingly visible role in recent months. In June, she aggressively campaigned for her former aide, Ron Barber, in his successful special election bid for her vacant seat. Giffords also recently launched a political action committee aimed at providing financial support for candidates of her choosing.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to give Pledge of Allegiance tonight at DNC tonight 09/06/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 6, 2012 1:33pm]
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