Elizabeth Warren’s New Opponent: Paul Ryan

Elizabeth Warren is taking aim at a new opponent: Paul Ryan.

The Democrat, who is running to unseat Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, has been invigorated by the injection of Ryan into the presidential contest — an opportunity that allows her to play to the strength of her financial background after a long summer of tight polls and an extended flap over her Native American ancestry.

Ryan’s emergence onto the 2012 scene might just give Warren a new wedge against Brown’s claims of independence from his party as he seeks to duplicate his upset 2010 special election win in the blue state state. Expect the Warren camp to keep pounding away at Brown’s ties to Ryan and his controversial budget plan, regardless of what distinctions Brown draws.

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