Gabrielle Giffords Steps Down: 'I Am Getting Better'

Jan 22, 2012

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is stepping down from Congress in order to focus on her health. She made the announcement on a YouTube video posted to her Facebook page Sunday.

"I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week," she says.

The Arizona representative is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head suffered in the Tucson shooting a year ago. Though she struggles with some sentences in the video, her message is clear.

"I'm getting better. Every day, my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country," she says.

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