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The Democratic presidential candidates spent last night slinging mud at one another but mostly at Sen. Hillary Clinton http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/070130/30clintonfacts.htm at a debate in Las Vegas. "People are not attacking me because I'm a woman; they're attacking me because I'm ahead," Clinton told the audience. Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards both took stabs at Clinton and were booed by the audience for their gibes at the former first lady, while a host of other candidates fought to get a word in.
Most of the chatter surrounding tonight's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas is being focused on Hillary Clinton and her bruised but certainly still front-running campaign. And perhaps rightfully so. But for the linguistically savvy debate-watcher out there, here's a more nuanced trend worth following: the rise of "standing up" as the political catchphrase of the moment.