Elizabeth Warren Aligns Senate Bid With Occupy

Candidate shocks analysts by embracing protesters
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2011 4:25 PM CST
Elizabeth Warren Aligns With Occupy Movement in Bid for Massachusetts Senate Seat
Elizabeth Warren speaks in Lowell, Mass. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 during a debate between six Massachusetts Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Scott Brown.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – Elizabeth Warren is embracing the Occupy movement in her Massachusetts Senate campaign, shocking political analysts and creating a test case for Democrats seeking to regain Congress, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Every candidate's watching her because she's something of a phenomenon," one analyst says. "They're not so ready to embrace the protests." Little wonder, considering that just 24% of voters across the US support Occupy.

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But her campaign for the Democratic nomination is thriving so far, raising more than $3 million in three months—with little of it from high finance. A Republican group has even shifted tactics, replacing ads that link her to Occupy with ones criticizing her management of a $700-billion bailout fund. And she's staying on message as she aims to unseat GOP Sen. Scott Brown: Americans have "watched the people who brought us the financial crisis walk away ... with their pockets stuffed with money," Warren says. "They know that's not right." (Read more Elizabeth Warren stories.)

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