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Elizabeth Warren Takes Intellectual Credit for Occupy Wall Street

Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Many politicians have been wary to identify with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, but Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren takes credit for planting the intellectual seeds that spawned the movement.

“I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do,” said Warren in an interview with The Daily Beast. “I support what they do.”

The Occupy Wall Street movement started Sept. 17 -- at least according to -- and despite massive turnout, the movement didn’t receive much media attention until weeks later.  Protests have since spread from multiple cities across the U.S. to cities as far away as Tokyo.

While Warren might claim credit for sowing the initial seeds, the Occupy Wall Street website says the movement drew inspiration from the Arab Spring movement in Egypt and Tunisia.

“Elizabeth was making the point that she has been protesting Wall Street’s practices and policies for years -- and working to change them,” said a spokesman for the Warren campaign in a statement intended to clarify. “Wall Street’s tricks brought our economy to the edge of collapse, and there hasn’t been any real accountability. She understands why people are so angry and why they are taking their fight to the street. She has said repeatedly everyone has to abide by the law. Elizabeth is working for change in a different way, to take this fight to the United States Senate.”

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