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Tuesday
Aug022011

Giffords Makes Debt Vote; No Decision on Re-Election Campaign

Tom Williams/Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has made no decision about whether she'll run for re-election to Congress, rumors and news reports to the contrary, her spokesman said Tuesday morning.

"The congresswoman is focused on her recovery," the spokesman said. "Nothing has changed."

Giffords, D-Ariz., returned to Congress Monday night for the first time since being shot in the head in January, casting a vote in support of the compromise debt-ceiling bill.

"Gabrielle has returned to Washington to support a bipartisan bill to prevent economic crisis," read a message posted to Giffords' Twitter account while members began casting their votes on the House floor.

Minutes later, Giffords, 41, slowly entered the chamber to loud, sustained applause and a standing ovation by her colleagues, who huddled around her to give hugs, kisses and handshakes.

Vice President Joe Biden, with a big smile on his face, walked to the House floor and said, "I came to see Gabby, that's why I'm here."

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said of Giffords as she was leaving the House floor Monday, "It was above and beyond the call of duty. She's a heroine ... an inspiration."

Pelosi said she had known Giffords was coming to the Hill for this vote for some time, but didn't want to say anything until it happened. The two spent some time on the floor talking Monday evening

"It's been an emotional few hours," Schultz told ABC News' Diane Sawyer.

She said Giffords decided to make the trip to Washington because she "wanted to make sure that her district had a voice in this important vote."

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