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Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords endorses Joe Biden

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Posted at 7:33 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 10:37:21-04

PHOENIX — Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is endorsing Joe Biden for president.

Giffords, a leading activist against gun violence, issued her endorsement Wednesday to the former Vice President, calling him the "choice for a true gun safety president."

"Even when it wasn’t as politically popular, Joe was pushing for safer gun laws. I’ve seen him comfort survivors of gun violence and fight passionately for solutions. This is the leadership we need in the White House. Joe Biden is the choice for a #GunSafetyPresident," said Giffords.

Giffords began her journey against gun violence after being seriously injured when she was shot in the head during a Tucson constituent event in 2011 that left six people dead and others wounded.

The endorsement from the co-founder of the gun violence prevention group Giffords, is the latest in a string of endorsements from gun control groups and comes ahead of the Arizona primary next week.

On Tuesday, Biden stretched his lead ahead of Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, winning the Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, and Idaho primaries.

Biden and Sanders are scheduled to be in Phoenix on Sunday for the 11th Democratic debate.