Clinton: Ready To Return To 'Lion's Den' Of Health Care Reform

Touching on criticism of her record on health care, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton told a cheering group of supporters today in Las Vegas that she's ready to "return to the lion's den" to fight for reforms she failed to implement as first lady.

The New York senator told a crowd of about 600 people at a Las Vegas community ceneter about her plans to open up the health care
coverage for federal employees and members of Congress to the public.

Today's visit marked her first to Nevada since mid-August and her seventh to the state since launching her campaign.

She reiterated the importance she put on the state, which holds its
early caucus on January 19th.

Clinton remains the leading Democratic presidential candidate in Nevada, favored by 39 percent of party members who said they were
likely to participate in the Nevada caucus in the most recent poll.

That compared to 21 percent who favored Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

Clinton also was to attend an afternoon "Ready to Lead in the West" rally at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas.