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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, a favorite of liberal Democrats and a leading critic of Wall Street abuses, has been tapped to give a prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

On Wednesday Sept. 5, she will speak just before President Bill Clinton in uptown s Time Warner Cable Arena.

Some pundits and newspapers had predicted that Warren would be chosen to give the convention s keynote address, but a spokeswoman with the Democratic National Convention Committee said that the keynoter is still to be announced.

Still, Warren s appearance as one of the convention s headliners will give her national exposure as she attempts to unseat U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who succeeded the late Sen. Ted Kennedy a liberal Democratic icon.

A Harvard Law School professor, Warren was a former Obama aide who conceived of and established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She s expected to talk in her convention speech about how Republican policies broke the economy and hurt middle-class families.

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