When: Thursday, October 11 at 2:15pm ET
The following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC interview with Senator Hillary Clinton on CNBC's "Street Signs" today. All references must be sourced to CNBC.
In a first on CNBC interview with John Harwood and Erin Burnett, Senator Clinton discusses a broad range of topics including her economic plan and her reaction to the GOP debate and President Bush, among other topics.
ERIN: IT'S A GREAT POINT AND ONE WE HOPE OUR NEXT GUEST WILL ADDRESS AND MR. DONAHUE, I BELIEVE, WILL BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO WHAT SENATOR CLINTON HAS TO SAY AND JOHN HARWOOD IS WITH THE SENATOR THIS AFTERNOON, JOHN?
HARWOOD: THANKS, ERIN, I'M WITH SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON IN PLYMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US, SENATOR.
CLINTON: THANK YOU, JOHN.
HARWOOD: WE'RE GOING TO KICK IT OFF BY ASKING,AS YOU KNOW REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN CRITICIZING YOUR CAMPAIGN BROADLY SAYING YOU'D RAISE TAXES AND RAISING SPENDING FOR PROGRAMS YOU'VE OUTLINED AND INCREASE REGULATION WITH HEALTHCARE WITH YOUR MANDATE. AT OUR DEBATE OF REPUBLICANS RUDY GUILIANI SAID BY INTERFERING IN THE FREE MARKET THIS WAY THAT YOU WOULD PLACE A LID ON THE SUCCESS OF THE NATION AS A WHOLE. CAN YOU RESPOND TO THAT?
CLINTON: WELL, OBVIOUSLY, I DISAGREE PROFOUNDLY. WHAT I HAVE PROPOSED WOULD BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. I HAVE PUT FORTH THE WAY THAT I WOULD PAY FOR EVERYTHING, THAT I BELIEVE WE NEED TO DO IN OUR COUNTRY. I AM CONCERNED THAT OUR GREAT ECONOMIC ENGINE, THIS INCREDIBLE MIDDLE CLASS THAT HAS BEEN THE HEART AND SOUL OF AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN DREAM, IS UNDER STRESS AND EVEN UNDER ATTACK. YOU KNOW, THE AVERAGE FAMILY HAS LOST A THOUSAND DOLLARS IN INCOME IN THE LAST SIX YEARS, BUT THE COSTS OF WHAT MAKE UP A MIDDLE CLASS LIFE STYLE, EDUCATION, ENERGY, HOUSING, HEALTHCARE, ALL OF THAT HAS GONE UP. SO A LOT OF AMERICAN FAMILIES FEEL LIKE THEY'RE ACTUALLY STANDING ON A TRAP DOOR, THEY'RE ONE PINK SLIP, ONE MORTGAGE PAYMENT, ONE DIAGNOSIS OF FALLING THROUGH. I SEE A HISTORY OF OUR GOVERNMENT BEING A GOOD PARTNER WITH BUSINESS, WITH FAMILIES, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE MAKE INVESTMENTS IN PEOPLE AND THAT'S WHAT I PROPOSED SO THAT WE CAN GET BACK TO HAVING A STRONG AND PROSPEROUS MIDDLE CLASS.