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Keller @ Large: Warren At Odds With Kerry Over Budget Cuts

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Special Advisor on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Elizabeth Warren at the White House on July 18, 2011. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Special Advisor on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Elizabeth Warren at the White House on July 18, 2011. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a debate that’s sure to play a major role in the race for U.S. Senate.

Elizabeth Warren met with a group of Lynn businessmen and women on Wednesday, and among their concerns was the economic burden of the huge federal budget deficit.

So, as Washington struggles to come up with a plan…is Warren in sync with the state’s top Democrat in Washington on what to do about it?

Watch Keller @ Large:

Organized labor groups sent a warning to Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown as Washington eyes funding changes to medicare, medicaid and social security.

Kerry, one of six Democrats on the so-called super-committee charged with finding a way out of our budget mess, has said those entitlements must be on the table for possible cuts.

At the business luncheon, Warren made it clear she does not agree with Kerry.

“This is a question of values. We don’t start talking about repairing this country by saying we’re going to make those who are most vulnerable, making our seniors, making our working people take the biggest hit,” said Warren. “It’s not where the conversation is supposed to start.”

“I want to see us moving on that jobs bill, version 1, version 2 and version 3 that have been proposed over the last month, to put people back to work here in the Commonwealth, to prevent layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police officers,” Warren continued. “That’s what I want to see here.”

Sen. Brown has supported some elements of the president’s jobs bill, but voted against a plan to spend more on public employees.

So, while Warren’s position sets up a clear contrast with Brown, it also pits her, for now at least, against Kerry as well.

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