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Gabby Giffords: Attending State of the Union, then resigning

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WASHINGTON--A year ago, a gunman on a rampage at an Arizona grocery store killed six people and wounded 13, including Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) Giffords is going to resign this week to spend more time on her recovery; before she goes she will attend the State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

Her video script:

"I don't remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice," she says in the video. "Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week."

At the time of the attack, Giffords had just beat out a tea party candidate and won a third term with less than a 1 percent margin, According to the Associated Press. Giffords chose not to seek another term, though she says in the video, she will return.

"I'm getting better. Every day, my spirit is high," said Giffords. "I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country. Thank you very much."

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