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DNC Day 3 | Gabby Giffords Gives the Pledge of Allegiance

In what was supposed to be a big surprise, but got leaked in advance, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) delivered the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.

Giffords, whose name was never listed on the convention schedule, appeared onstage with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is a close friend of Giffords and is also the DNC chairwoman.

Giffords, shot in the head by Jared Lee Loughner at point-blank range in January 2011, brought tears to the eyes of many attendees as she delivered the pledge, holding her paralyzed right arm over her heart.

The former congresswoman beamed the whole time she was on stage. As she went through the pledge, people in the arena recited it along with her. When she was done, members of the audience erupted into cheers of “Gabby! Gabby!” Many cried.

As she was leaving the stage, Giffords turned and blew a kiss to the cheering crowd, which screamed even louder.

Vice President Joe Biden was filmed on C-SPAN wiping tears from his eyes, while Newark Mayor Cory Booker tweeted: “Ok, now Gabby Giffords just made me cry. What a testimony to strength, resilience, perseverance and beauty!”

Party differences were left behind. Here is a tweet from Republican member Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA):

Following are two different camera angles of Gabby, the first video is the main camera. Gabby did a phenomenal job speaking! The video is a “must-see.” Photos are below the videos.

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Video of Gabby Giffords reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention (DNC)


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A different camera angle of Gabby walking out on the stage


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Photos of Gabby Giffords on stage when she recited the Pledge of Allegiance at the DNC

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References:

Policymic: Gabby Giffords Pledge of Allegiance: DNC and Republicans Join in Rare Moment of Unity
The Hill: Giffords causes cheers and tears
Global Post: Gabrielle Giffords delivers Pledge of Allegiance at Democratic National Convention
Huffington Post: Gabrielle Giffords Leads Pledge Of Allegiance At Democratic National Convention

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