Warren Gets Backing Of Small Mass. Businesses

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is trying to show that, like Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, she enjoys the support of small businesses.

In a garden center in Dorchester on Monday, Warren announced the support of more than 500 small business owners, including the founder of Cape Air, Democratic state Sen. Dan Wolf.

"And we didn't build our airline in a vacuum," Wolf said. "We land on runways, public airports. We rely on air traffic controllers. We rely on radar, and we rely on strong safety inspectors."

Warren excited Democrats across the country a year ago when she emphasized in a video that went viral that American businesses succeed precisely because they're in America. Brown has been trying to counter her message, visiting small businesses to make the point that their owners built their own enterprises.

Recent polls released over the weekend indicate Warren is currently leading Brown among likely Massachusetts voters.

A Public Policy Polling survey finds her ahead of Brown by 2 points, a gain of 7 points for Warren since the last PPP poll in mid-August, just before the Republican and Democratic National conventions.

A Western New England University poll finds Warren ahead by 6 points, a 4-point gain since May, the last time Western New England University conducted a poll of the race.

At the event in Dorchester, Warren eluded activists from the Massachusetts Republican Party, who waited on the sidewalk with a birthday cake marking the first anniversary of the Occupy movement. The cake said: "To the Matriarch of Mayhem". It included a quote from Warren last year, in which she said about Occupy: "I support what they do."

This program aired on September 17, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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