Could Giffords deliver Arizona for Obama?

Democrats in Arizona say there is no doubt that if Giffords became involved in Obama’s campaign, she could boost his chances of capturing a state that gave its 10 electoral votes to favorite son Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008. McCain won it comfortably, by 8.5 points.

“Gabby Giffords campaigning with anybody could help. Anybody,” said Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), who heads the House Democrats’ campaign arm…

“She’s by far the most powerful political brand we’ve had in this state in a long time,” said one Arizona Democrat. “I’m sure the president’s campaign would be thrilled to have her involved but would totally understand if she wanted to stay out of the partisan fray.”