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Elizabeth Warren is out with her first television ad of her Senate campaign (embedded below).
The 60-second spot serves mostly as an introduction to voters, and never once mentions Sen. Scott Brown, the Massachusetts Republican whom she is widely expected to square off against next year for the seat once held by the late Ted Kennedy.
Warren does, however, appear to reference a growing number of attacks against her from independent conserative groups, such as Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, which have attempted to paint the Harvard professor as a radical.
"Before you hear a bunch of ridiculous attack ads, I want to tell you who I am," Warren says in the video before going on to provide a quick biographical sketch beginning with her childhood and running through her work to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
"For years, I worked to expose how Wall Street and the big banks are crushing middle-class families. It just isn’t right," she says. "I stood up to the big banks and their army of Washington lobbyists. I worked to hold them accountable."
The Huffington Post reports that the ad will run statewide.
While the new television campaign will likely boost Warren’s name recognition, the consumer advocate already appears to have built quite a following in Massachusetts and across the nation. In addition to a number of YouTube moments (of the positive variety) that have made the rounds online, Warren is also drawing relatively massive crowds to her campaign rallies.
The Boston Globe reports that Warren’s most recent event, held over the weekend, drew more than 1,000 supporters, a rather giant number for a statewide campaign this early in the race.
Here’s the ad: