CNN Las Vegas Democratic Debate: Who knew the most?i.l.cnn.net
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cnn.com — Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton fought back at criticism from some of her presidential rivals Thursday night, decrying what she termed mudslinging and defending her record against the charge that she avoids taking firm positions on controversial issues.

"The American people know where I've stood for 35 years," Clinton said during a CNN-sponsored debate at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

"This is going to be one of the most important elections we've ever had in our country's history, and it is important that we have a candidate who is tested as a president who is ready to lead from day one."

With moderator Wolf Blitzer serving as ringmaster and referee, the candidates sparred over health care, Social Security, illegal immigration, the war in Iraq and foreign trade.

Clinton, running far ahead in the national polls, has come under sharper attack in recent weeks from her opponents, a fact she acknowledged at the beginning of Thursday's debate by saying she had worn an "asbestos" pantsuit.

Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois - Clinton's closest rival - went on the offensive, saying that "what the American people are looking for right now is straight answers to tough questions, and that is not what we've seen out of Senator Clinton on a host of issues."

"The American people don't give a darn about any of this stuff that's going on up here," said Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware.

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Who do you believe had the most experience and seemed to know most about the issues?
Joe Biden
36%
Dennis Kucinich
15%
Barack Obama
29%
Chris Dodd
1.6%
John Edwards
3.9%
Bill Richardson
2.3%
Hillary Clinton
12%
This is not a scientific survey, click here to learn more. Results may not total 100% due to rounding and voting descrepencies.
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