Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton rebuffed Republican criticism of her proposals to tax the rich and guarantee health coverage for everyone, saying neither program would hurt the economy.
"No one wants to overburden our economy with regulation and taxation," the Democratic front-runner for president said in a live interview on CNBC. "On the other hand, we've always had a good sense of how to make it work for everybody."
Clinton also pledged fiscal responsibility when addressing issues like Social Security and criticized President Bush for creating huge deficits and not funding the war in Iraq.
“I am stressing fiscal responsibility, because we could have been so much further down the road of ensuring solvency (for Social Security) for the 21st century,” Clinton said. “My principal objective is to get back to fiscal responsibility and I want America to know that we will do that.”