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Elizabeth Warren: 'For Me, It's All About Middle-Class Families'

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Elizabeth Warren (AP)
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The field of Democrats hoping to unseat incumbent Sen. Scott Brown added a new contender Wednesday. After months of speculation, Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren is jumping into the race.

"For me, it's all about middle-class families," Warren said in a Wednesday interview on Morning Edition. "For a generation now, the middle class has been squeezed, slipped back, hammered. And it seems to me that nobody in Washington really gets it.

"Washington is well-wired for big corporations that can hire armies of lobbyists. But it's not working very well for middle-class families, and that's what I care about."

Some analysts have said Warren's name recognition could be a problem for her. But Warren said the way to counter that is to continue meeting with people in the commonwealth — something she's been doing recently and plans to ramp up in the 14 months leading up to the election.

"I will work my heart out for this. This is something I care about," Warren said.

"I grew up on the ragged edge of the middle class and I've spent my whole life working for middle-class families, so you better believe over the next 14 months I'll be out there meeting every single person in the commonwealth that I can."

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This program aired on September 14, 2011.

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