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Warren claims credit for Occupy Wall St. protests

By Andrew Miga
Associated Press / October 25, 2011

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WASHINGTON—Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is taking some credit for the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The Democrat and longtime consumer advocate says her work over the years against Wall Street abuses created much of the intellectual foundation for the demonstrators. In an interview posted Tuesday on The Daily Beast website, Warren said she supports what the protesters are doing.

Republicans pounced on Warren's remarks, saying she was praising them at the same time that the Boston police have arrested at least 141 protesters after they threatened to tie up traffic downtown and refused to abide by their protest permit limits.

Warren has emerged in recent polls as the leading Democratic challenger against GOP Sen. Scott Brown for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's former seat.