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Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly: Hillary Clinton will stand up to gun lobby

PHOENIX — Both former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, said they will vote for Hillary Clinton because she will stand against the gun lobby.

“Hillary is tough,” Giffords said during her speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. “Hillary is courageous.She will fight to make our families safer. In the White House, she will stand up to the gun lobby. That’s why I’m voting for Hillary!”

Giffords has become a vocal opponent of guns since was severely wounded in a shooting in Tucson in 2011.

Kelly introduced his wife and also said he’s backing Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, because of her stance on guns.

“Hillary knows that we save lives by doing more to keep guns out of the wrong hands,” he said. “We know that as president she’ll do the responsible thing: She’ll stand up to the Washington gun lobby that works to protect the shameful status quo.”

Neither Giffords nor Kelly mentioned Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in their speeches.

In her short address, Giffords said “strong women,” such as Clinton, can get things done in Washington, D.C. She also said she looking forward to one thing about the upcoming election:

“Come January, I want to say these two words: ‘Madam President.'”

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