"Average Joes" Who Were Thrust Onto the Political Stage

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  • Big Bird, Sesame Street
  • Richard Hayes, Mitt Romney
  • Sandra Fluke
  • Velma Hart, Barack Obama
  • Joseph Wurzelbacher, Joe the Plumber, Barack Obama, John McCain

Sandra Fluke

Before appearing as a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Sandra Fluke made headlines in February after making her case to Congress for why religious institutions and universities should cover birth control for employees. The Georgetown University law student subsequently became a target for conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who infamously called Fluke a "slut" who wanted taxpayers "to pay her to have sex."