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Giffords: No return to Congress until 'better'

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WASHINGTON (AP) -

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head by a gunman in January, said Monday she will not return to Congress until she is "better."

In an interview on ABC's "20/20" program, Giffords struggled to form sentences throughout the interview and replied, "No. ... Better" when asked if she wanted to return to Congress.

She moved her hands in front of her mouth as if needing to form the words and said, "Better, better." Her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, completed the thought for her, saying, "She wants to get better."

There has been wide speculation about Giffords' career plans, including whether she would run for Arizona's open Senate seat.

Giffords appeared alert and happy Monday, but spoke in halting phrases.

"Pretty good. ... Difficult. ... Strong, strong, strong," she replied to questions from interviewer Diane Sawyer as her husband completed the sentences for her. When asked what she was thinking about, she said, "Africa."

Kelly explained they were considering a vacation there.

Earlier, videos Kelly shot during his wife's more than 10-month recovery showed Giffords from the day of the shooting through several months of intense physical therapy at a Houston hospital.

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