By Bill Dedman
In light of today's shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), it's remarkable to watch this NBC video from March 2010 of her discussing vandalism and harassment during the health care debate, when the front door of her office was "kicked out or shot out." She says she is not fearful, though "the rhetoric is incredibly heated."
She is asked, are the threats real, or are Democrats using the violent incidents as a political opportunity to characterize Republicans as violent or extreme?
"Chances are, you're going to have a couple of people, extremes on both sides, frankly, not just the Republican side. We have Democratic extreme activists as well," Giffords said. "Most of our country is in the middle, but we do have these polarized parts of our parties that get really excited. And that's where again community leaders, not just the political leaders, all of us need to come together and say, there's a fine line here."
Reports of death threats, vandalism and harassment have Democrats on edge as they're preparing to head home for their spring recess. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who is one of the Democratic leaders targeted, discusses.
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