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Gabrielle Giffords to Campaign for Bruce Braley at BBQ Campaign Event (VIDEO)

By Maxine Wally | Sep 13, 2013 05:12 PM EDT

Gabrielle Giffords
Gabrielle Giffords smiles in an interview. (Photo : Reuters)

Ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is going back on the campaign trail after two years spent out of the political realm, to show her support for Rep. Bruce Braley, who is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

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Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, are scheduled to attend the fundraising event "Bruce, Blues and BBQ," in Des Moines on Oct. 27, according to a statement Braley released for his campaign.

"I could not be more excited to have my friends Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly come to Iowa," Braley wrote in a release obtained by the Huffington Post. "Gabby and Mark have made it their life's mission to bring people together and find common sense solutions that solve some of the tough problems facing our country. I work hard every day to live by their example, and I hope to bring that same spirit to the U.S. Senate."

The former Democratic representative from Arizona suffered gunshot wounds to the head in January 2011 during a shooting outside a Tucson supermarket that left six people dead. The ordeal led to her resignation from Congress in 2012, but she participated in several gun safety advocacy pushes after she'd recovered. She also met with senators in hopes of garnering votes for a bill that tightened up on background checks, but did not pass.

Democratic Congressman Braley of Waterloo, Iowa, is the sole Democrat running for a seat that will be cleared by Sen. Tom Harkin, who is retiring.

Giffords and Braley first met in Congress in 2006 where they became comrades-Bradley even slid Giffords his guest pass to the State of the Union Address so she could bring a few more family members.

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