Rep. Giffords Entrance Highlighed Bipartisan Spirit

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While it may be rare in Congress, there were some examples of bipartisanship at Tuesday night's State of the Union Address. It began when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., entered the House chamber.

Giffords smiled and waved as she received a warm round of applause and cheers from her congressional colleagues. Fellow Arizona Rep. Trent Franks -- a Republican -- described her appearance as the highlight of the night.

"She is a living example of how a loving, persistent, faithful human spirit, by the grace of God, can transcend even the worst kind of circumstances," he said.

Giffords announced last week that she's retiring from Congress to focus on her recovery after being shot in the head last year at a campaign event in Tucson, Ariz.

During last year's address, lawmakers crossed party lines with their seating arrangement during President Obama's speech, to honor Giffords in her absence and to show solidarity.

This year, some chose to continue the tradition of sitting beside members of the opposite party.

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