Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wrote to a Republican friend the night before she was shot:

The night before she and 19 others were shot at an event in Tucson, Arizona, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) wrote a warm email to Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, where she told the Republican “we need to figure out how to tone our rhetoric and partisanship down.”

Giffords remains in the hospital in critical condition after being shot in the head Saturday.

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According to cn|2 Politics, which obtained the email, Giffords sent the message to congratulate Grayson for his recent appointment as director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

“After you get settled, I would love to talk about what we can do to promote centrism and moderation,” Giffords wrote. “I am one of only 12 Dems left in a GOP district (the only woman) and think that we need to figure out how to tone our rhetoric and partisanship down.”

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