Sandra Fluke leads Democratic assault on Romney-Ryan ticket

  • 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."