Sandra Fluke, the former Georgetown law student who was the center of attention after conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” and a “prostitute”, is now officially endorsing Barack Obama in his upcoming campaign.
Fluke, who was ridiculed by Limbaugh for her speech at the House Democrats in support of mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives, has written an in-depth op-ed to CNN explaining her reasoning behind her endorsement as well as her issues with Obama’s opponent, MItt Romney.
“The stakes are high this November, for the strength of our economy and the direction of our country,” says Fluke.
“For me, like a lot of us, the stakes are also personal: The choice I make in the voting booth will significantly affect my friends, my loved ones and my generation. Like many millennials, I am concerned about the job market and costs of college. And I’m worried about access to affordable health care for all.”
Mentioning her controversy with Limbaugh, Fluke refers to the importance of women’s rights and the sacrifice of the generations before her that helped get to where we are.
“I could never have predicted just how intensely personal this election would become. When I was publicly attacked for testifying before members of Congress, I became even more keenly aware that the rights that generations of women fought so hard to achieve could be rolled back easily. That began a national conversation that I believe highlighted President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney’s vastly different values and visions.” says Fluke.
The former Georgetown law student goes on to say how Mitt Romney is anti-middle class and anti-women, and even says that he panders to extremists, reports CNN.
“Romney lacks the leadership to stand up to extremists in his own party, then he’s not the president we need. At a time when women’s rights especially are under virulent attack, we cannot elect a leader who won’t or can’t stand up to those extremists and protect the rights that generations of women have fought so hard to ensure,” she continues.
Sandra Fluke ultimately feels that President Obama offers the most consistent values and that he provides an overall vision for America that will be more beneficial in the long run.
You can read Sandra Fluke’s entire op-ed to CNN here.
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