Gabrielle Giffords leads Democratic delegates in pledge

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz) won a standing ovation as she carefully walked across the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.

Then, standing at the center of the stage, with a video of a giant American Flag behind her, Giffords led the arena, packed with some 20,000, in reciting the pledge of allegiance.

Giffords offered a real symbol of “hope” after she survived being shot in the head by a gunman in 2010.

The crowd erupted into applause and cheers as she blew kisses on her way back off the stage.

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