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Gabrielle Giffords leads Democrats in Pledge of Allegiance

Olivier Knox
The Ticket

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, grievously wounded in a January 2011 assassination attempt, led Democrats in the Pledge of Allegiance on Thursday as they opened the final day of their political convention.

Giffords walked uneasily onstage, relying on Democratic National Committee Chair—and close friend—Debbie Wasserman Schultz for support, as the crowd chanted "Gabby! Gabby!" Her appearance onstage at Time Warner Cable Arena brought cheering Democrats to their feet for a standing ovation.

As she led the crowd in the pledge in a strong voice, Giffords held her right hand over her heart with her left. She won more cheers when she blew a kiss to the crowd. Cameras showed delegates weeping as they clapped.

Even as the two women disappeared backstage, the crowd began chanting "fired up, ready to go."

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