Warren: Bank-Fighter or `Professor’

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Senate candidate from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

“Elizabeth Warren is on the peoples’ side.”

“She’s fought banks, she’s fought Wall Street.”

So say the women testifying to the Harvard Law professor and consumer advocate running for a Senate seat that the Democrats hope to reclaim in November. Warren’s contest for the seat of Republican Sen. Scott Brown, the seat held for decades by the late Ted Kennedy, offers Democrats a buffer against losses in states such as Missouri, where Sen. Claire McCaskill faced a tough fight — until the Republican Party abandoned Rep. Todd Akin’s Senate campaign over his “six-second mistake,” his remark about “legitimate rape.”

In the final months, her campaign will be pitched as part of the party’s bid to maintain if not bolster its marginal control of the Senate.

This is the Senate where President Barack Obama couldn’t find support for Warren’s confirmation as chief of the Consumer Finance Protection Agency after she built the new agency that came with increased federal regulation of the financial industry. She gave her party a taste of her anti-Wall Street talk, about the industry still “strutting” around Congress, at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Brown, for his part, has been campaigning with wife Gail Huff, a former longtime television news personality in Boston, as a man of the people.

In a stop along his “Provincetown to Pittsfield Tour,” he appeared at a donut shop riffing on Obama’s comments about how the government has helped businesses build what they have — Brown explaining that the government doesn’t come down in the middle of the night and make sure that the donuts are getting out on time in the morning.

And he features the donut-maker saying friendly things about Warren, while calling her “an excellent professor.”

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