Giffords To Step Down Next Week

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords announced Sunday that she will step down from Congress to more fully concentrate on her recovery from a shooting attack last year. In a video message posted online, Giffords said she is getting better every day. Guy Raz

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This final political note today. Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released this video announcement just a few hours ago.


REPRESENTATIVE GABRIELLE GIFFORDS: I have more work to do on my recovery. So to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week.

RAZ: Giffords has made a remarkable recovery since she was shot in the head a little more than a year ago.


GIFFORDS: I don't remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice.

RAZ: The district she represents leans Republican, and many Democrats have urged Giffords' husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, to run. Kelly says he'd rather focus on his wife's recovery.


GIFFORDS: I'm getting better every day. My spirit is high.

RAZ: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer now has 72 hours to schedule a special election to fill the remainder of Giffords' term.

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