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Democrats gear up for Las Vegas debate

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LAS VEGAS -- What happens in Vegas, may stay in Vegas, until you decide to run for president. What happens in Vegas goes to Iowa and New Hampshire is the key point. This is a very big night for Hillary Clinton. The last debate two weeks ago was probably her poorest performance of the campaign. The road to the White House is paved with potshots, planted questions and apparently pile-ons Sen. John Edwards said, "Somebody will have to explain to me how you turn up the heat by voting with Bush and Cheney." Sen. Barack Obama said, "Triangulating and poll-driven positions because we're worried about Mitt or Rudy might say about us just won't do." While the past few weeks have been somewhat rough for Clinton she still has the lead. The other candidates are starting to sense a vulnerability in her and they are exploiting it, so there's going to be a lot of attention paid to every answer that Hillary Clinton gives. Not just the attacks from the other candidates but how she responds is going to be very important. "Turn up the heat" is Sen. Clinton's new campaign slogan, but her opponents are doing the same and the crowd in the kitchen hasn't dwindled. The race in New Hampshire has tightened significantly. Iowa is virtually a three-way tie. With such high stakes it's appropriate that tonight's democratic debate takes place in Vegas. The debate will air at eight o'clock Thursday night on CNN.

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