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Elizabeth Warren solidifies frontrunner position

Elizabeth Warren solidifies frontrunner position

 (NECN: Alison King) – The first debate in the Massachusetts senate race is over. Tuesday night, six democrats looking to unseat Republican Scott Brown faced off.

Accepting the endorsement of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, Elizabeth Warren is feeling good about her Tuesday night debate debut.

"It was, it was actually fun," she said.

Warren got solid reviews for a strong performance, solidifying her frontrunner status.

"She was the one that took command," said Dan Payne. "She had poise and confidence and she was just downright refreshing."

But Warren also provided more fodder for those determined to keep republican Scott Brown in office.

"Yes, i support the president’s jobs bill.  In fact, i would go further," Warren said. "I support in-state tuition… I support the dream act."

And on WTKK’s Jim and Margery Show, Warren said she does not support secure communities, the federal program that cracks down on undocumented immigrants.

Those positions prompted this response from the Massachusetts republican party:

"Warren’s far-left immigration views may win her praise in a democratic primary and on the streets of Cambridge, but they are far out of the mainstream among independent Massachusetts voters."

In fact, for many republicans, eager to tout brown’s popularity among independents and bi-partisan voting record, Warren, a Harvard law professor, is the dream opposition, easily hung with the label:  left wing liberal.

Does she feel she’s a moderate voice who could just as possibly vote with the republicans occasionally as well as democrats?   

"I’ll vote with anybody who has a good idea… "I can work with anyone."

So for those who say, she’s a left wing liberal, she’s going to go with the democrats every time.   

"All I can say is, really?  Have you seen the youtube videos?"

"Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless – keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."

Look for that particular clip to show up in republican tv ads next fall if warren becomes the democratic nominee.