Sandra Fluke leads Democratic assault on Romney-Ryan ticket

Fluke, who speaks next week in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention, was joined by Democratic Congresswoman and Party Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky, and Massachusetts Sen. Karen Spilka at the news conference where they denounced all aspects of the RNC.

It's all part of the Democratic plan to focus on the gender gap, with regards to women who strongly back Obama in the polls against Romney. Conversely, Obama suffers from a gender gap when it comes to men.

Schakowsky said she hasn't heard anything this week about how women's lives would be improved, but did hear a lot of Obama-bashing. Wasserman-Schultz added that most women could see through that "nice, shiny packaging that the Republicans have been putting out there," which she said would be disastrous for women's physical and economic health.

She rejected Associated Press' Beth Fouhy's idea that the women speakers at the RNC made an impressive show. She said it had been a week of "infomercials for their candidates for 2016."

Schakowsky also had harsh words for vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan's speech on Wednesday night, calling it "one lie after another."

  • Sandra Fluke and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at Democratic opposition headquarters in Tampa

Throughout the RNC, Democrats have conducted their own "counter-convention" just a short distance away from the fenced-in perimeter of the Tampa Convention Center.

On Thursday afternoon, just hours before Mitt Romney was set to give the speech of his political life, Sandra Fluke — the former Georgetown Law student who made national news after Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" and a "prostitute" — took aim at the Romney-Ryan ticket by blasting their call to completely shut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

"I've had a particularly close look at Mr. Romney and the leadership of President Obama. And when I was personally attacked earlier this year, President Obama spoke out and condemned those hateful words and he supported my right to speak without being attacked. And Mr. Romney could only say those weren't the words he would have chosen," she said.

Fluke added that she didn't need Romney to stand up for her, but it showed her that he didn't want to respond, or "isn't capable of standing up to extreme voices in his own party."

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