Liz Warren: Akin is GOP

Democrats are thrilled with Todd Akin, hoping to use his bizarre statements on rape to taint all Republican candidates. Liz Warren is pushing this trick hard, despite the fact that Scott Brown is pro-choice.

“There’s a large Republican agenda here that has to do with access to birth control, with access to health care screening, to the ability of women to determine control over their bodies, to the definition of rape,” said Ms. Warren, who connected those issues with Mr. Brown.

“He is part of that agenda,” Ms. Warren said. “He is working to get Republicans in control of the United States Senate so they can pursue that agenda.”

A new poll, meanwhile, shows the first shift in the Massachusetts senate race in some time, with Scott opening a five point lead.

Brown, who is running to win his first full six-year term in the U.S. Senate, edged the consumer advocate 49 percent to 44 percent, according to the Democratic leaning organization.

In a June poll by PPP and another conducted by Western New England University's Polling Institute in conjunction with The Republican and MassLive.com, the candidates were statistically tied.