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Despite rumors, spokesman says Giffords undecided on Sawyer interview

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on May 17, 2011 at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. (AP Photo/southwestphotobank.com, P.K. Weis)

Media outlets reported Monday that Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords decided to give her first TV interview since being shot in January to Diane Sawyer of ABC News. But a spokesman for the Giffords camp said the story had been inflated.

The Associated Press reported that Giffords would sit down for the interview with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. The Tucson Sentinal reported later in the day that Giffords’ spokesman Mark Kimble said the congresswoman only agreed to “sit and talk” with Sawyer, and that an on-camera interview had not been agreed upon or ruled out.

Giffords was shot in the head while meeting with constituents Jan. 8.

ABC said Monday the discussion will air as part of a prime-time special Nov. 14. That’s the night before a book by Giffords and her husband will be published. It’s titled “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope.”

Giffords has slowly emerged as her recovery from the near-fatal brain injury continues. Her office released a photo of her in June. And in August she appeared in Washington to vote on the debt ceiling bill.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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