Giffords doesn't rule out running for office again

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 9, 2014 at 10:49 am •  Published: January 9, 2014
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords — still recovering from a shooting three years ago — said Thursday she might consider a return to political office.

The Arizona Democrat kept the door open when asked about such a possibility, saying "well, a little later" and "maybe" during an interview on NBC's "Today" show.

The interview was aired a day after bell-ringing and flag-raising ceremonies were held in Tucson to remember the six people killed and 13 injured in the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting that occurred as Giffords met with constituents outside a grocery store.

To commemorate the anniversary how far she has come, Giffords jumped from an airplane in Arizona in a tandem skydive.

Giffords, who did the "Today" interview with husband Mark Kelly at her side, said she felt "happy and sad" on the anniversary but believes it's time to move on.

She said she's making slow progress in her rehabilitation and wants to work on her Spanish and resume playing the French horn.

The interview was conducted by "Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie, who said a person associated with Giffords had contacted NBC several weeks ago about Giffords' intention to make the parachute jump that was broadcast on the NBC show.

Broadcast video showed Giffords and other jumpers step out the back of a twin-engine plane and join hands midair during their descent under a blue sky.

Giffords landed on a grass lawn without injury. She waved and blew kisses to onlookers who cheered and applauded.

"She was the least nervous person on the plane," said Jimmy Hatch, a former Navy SEAL who accompanied the group. "They did a little moment of silence at the drop zone ... The emotion was really heavy. Then she smiled and said, 'Let's go.'"

Giffords has become a leader of Americans for Responsible Solutions, a national organization she founded with her husband to rival the powerful pro-gun lobby.

The group has struggled to bring about major change in its first year of existence, but the couple is confident they've laid the groundwork for success in future election cycles.

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