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Elizabeth Warren cites ‘Etch A Sketch’ controversy in stump speech

Elizabeth Warren is pivoting off last week’s Etch A Sketch controversy as she campaigns for votes in her US Senate race.

The Massachusetts Democrat, in a web video released today, said, “What the lobbyists want, what Wall Street wants, is they want ‘Etch A Sketch senators.’ They want the ones who will clear the screen, and change their minds, to do whatever big money tells them to do.”

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A largely female crowd applauds the comments, made as Warren occasionally looks at notes on a podium. The video was shot Sunday in Dorchester.

Last week, Republican political consultant Eric Fehrnstrom stirred controversy when he suggested Mitt Romney would have a clean slate for the fall general election campaign just like that achieved with the shake of an Etch A Sketch screen.

Democrats pounced on the comment, saying it indicated Romney would abandon the principles upon which he has been campaigning as he sought to attract moderates should he become the GOP’s presidential nominee.

Fehrnstrom also is advising Warren’s likely fall opponent, Republican Senator Scott Brown.

Glen Johnson can be reached at johnson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globeglen.
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