Women's Rights Activist Sandra Fluke Campaigns for Elizabeth Warren in Somerville
Fluke framed the race between Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Scott Brown as a fight to protect women's rights.
Sandra Fluke, who made national headlines earlier this year when her testimony before Congress in favor of contraception led radio host Rush Limbaugh to call her a "slut" and a "prostitute," was in Somerville Tuesday to campaign for Elizabeth Warren.
Fluke said the race between Warren and her opponent, Sen. Scott Brown, was part of a fight to protect women's rights from a Republican agenda that seeks to roll those rights back.
"A vote for Scott Brown is a vote for a Republican majority, and that's a majority that has not heeded women's concerns over the last few years, and it's a vote against women's voices being heard over the next few years," she said at the campaign event.
Warren, talking about protecting women's rights, said, "We shouldn't need to do this in 2012. We fought these fights, we won these fights, and now here we are again, and it reminds us of the importance of vigilance."
Warren said, "I have no doubt that Scott Brown is a good husband, I have no doubt that he is a good father, but when he goes to the United States Senate he votes on issues that effect all women and all men across this country, and when he does that, he's not working all of the time for us."
Warren continued, "He's had some good votes … but he had one chance to vote for equal pay for equal work, and he voted no. He had one chance to vote for insurance coverage for birth control, and he voted no. He had one chance to vote for a pro-choice women to the U.S. Supreme Court, and he voted no. The women of Massachusetts are entitled to a senator who will be there for them not some of the time but all the time."
The campaign event came on the same day the Warren campaign announced the endorsement of Barack Obama.
Asked about the endorsement, Warren said she was "delighted" to have it. "I'm out there working for President Obama. I want to see him stay on as commander-in-chief," she said.