Giffords recites pledge at convention

CHARLOTTE N.C. (JTA) — Gabrielle Giffords recited the pledge of allegiance at the Democratic National Convention. 

The former Arizona congresswoman walked onto the stage Thursday night, using a cane and accompanied by her close friend Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, to extended cheers and cries of “Gabby!”

Giffords was shot in the head by Jared Loughner in January o2011 in an attack at a Tucson constiueent meeting that left six people dead.

Giffords and Wasserman Schultz are the first Jewish women elected to Congress from their respective states..

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Ron Kampeas is JTA’s Washington bureau chief.

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