Gabby Giffords’ Pledge of Allegiance

The crowd inside the Time Warner Cable arena in Charlotte erupted tonight when former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, severely wounded in a Jan. 8, 2011, shooting, came out at about 8 p.m. to lead the pledge of allegiance.

Giffords, waving to the cheering crowd, was escorted by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman and a close friend.

After Giffords recited the pledge and was overcome with glee, delegates, many crying, started chanting, “Gabby, Gabby,” and then: “Fired up, ready to go.” as Giffords left the stage.


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