Sandra Fluke, the woman at the center of a media firestorm earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh called her a â€œslut,â€ spoke Saturday in front of about 10 people at the Sak â€˜N Save in north Reno.
The speech was part of a daylong effort by Democrats to get Northern Nevadans to the polls on the first day of early voting.
â€œIâ€™m trying to do everything I can for an election that I feel is very important. I have a unique opportunity for how I get to do that,â€ said Fluke, who is coming off recent campaign trips to Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire and Florida as a surrogate for Democratic President Barack Obamaâ€™s re-election campaign.
Fluke emerged on the national spotlight in February when she was denied to speak before the U.S. House committee on Oversight and Government Reform on whether insurance plans should have a mandate to cover contraceptives. She eventually spoke to House Democrats.
Rush Limbaugh called her a â€œslutâ€ and â€œprostituteâ€ on his show based on her comments on contraception for women. He later apologized, saying it was an â€œattempt to be humorous.â€
Fluke doesnâ€™t take the jabs too seriously. When asked about her previous year and how people have treated her in the press, Fluke smiled and laughed.
â€œItâ€™s been not quite the 2012 that Iâ€™ve expected,â€ she said.
Fluke has embraced the spotlight, though. She spoke at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina and has enjoyed talks with people on the campaign trail â€” especially those concerning womenâ€™s issues.
To read more, visit:Â http://www.rgj.com/article/20121020/NEWS19/310200053/Fluke-takes-center-stage-Reno
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