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Lambasted as ‘slut’ by Limbaugh, Fluke speaks out for Obama

Updated: October 7, 2012 8:11AM



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The woman Rush Limbaugh derided as a “slut” spoke Wednesday and charmed her Democratic audience, championing President Barack Obama as a hero for women while deriding Republican rival Mitt Romney as an “obsolete relic of our past.”

Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student whom Limbaugh smeared for pushing to have birth control covered by health insurers, told the Democratic National Convention that the country is at a crossroads when it comes to women’s rights.

“During this campaign, we’ve heard about the two profoundly different futures that could await women — and how one of those futures looks like an offensive, obsolete relic of our past. Warnings of that future are not distractions. They’re not imagined. That future could be real,” she said.

“In that America, your new president could be a man who stands by when a pubic figure tries to silence a private citizen with hateful slurs,” she said to cheers, “who won’t stand up to the slurs or to any of the extreme, bigoted voices in his own party.

A second Obama term, she said, would safeguard abortion rights. It also would be “an America in which our president, when he hears a young woman has been verbally attacked, thinks of his daughters — not his delegates or donors,” she said, drawing the crowd to its feet, “and stands with all women. And strangers come together, reach out and lift her up. And then, instead of trying to silence her, you invite me here — and give me a microphone — to amplify our voice. That’s the difference,” she said.

Fluke was one of the night’s bigger celebrities, giving a direct appeal on Obama’s behalf to women voters whose voice could sway the presidential campaign.

Recognizing her potential to energize that swing voting bloc, one of the leading voices among conservatives launched a biting attack against her even before she took the stage.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, jabbing Fluke and resurrecting the sex scandal that marred the legacy of the night’s keynoter, tweeted “Bill Clinton just impregnated Sandra Fluke backstage.”

Coulter’s remark drew anger from Illinois delegate Barb Brown, who has sold hundreds of “Sluts Vote” buttons in honor of Fluke this week. Brown lashed out at Coulter when told of her tweet.

“You’re kidding. How crass are these people? Is there no low they will go to?” Brown said from the floor.



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