Gabby Giffords: I Want to Say These Two Words: 'Madam President'

The Jewish former Arizona congresswoman, shot in the head by an assailant in 2011, couldn’t say much at the Democratic National Convention, but what she said brought down the house.

Former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords pumps her fist as she speaks on the third night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 27, 2016.
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Gabrielle Giffords couldn’t say much, but what she said brought down the house.

The Jewish former Arizona congresswoman, shot in the head by an assailant in 2011, made an appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday evening, its third, during a segment on victims of gun violence.

Gabrielle Giffords' Democratic Convention Speech

“Are you ready?” she urged the crowd three times, after her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, introduced her. Kelly and Giffords lead a group that seeks to combat gun violence.

She got around to the mission at hand, urging a vote for the party nominee, Hillary Clinton.

“In Congress, I learned an important lesson: Strong women get things done!” she said, earning extended cheers.

Then she closed with a line that earned greater applause: “Speaking is difficult for me. But come January, I want to say these two words: ‘Madam President.’”