Clinton Says Taxpayers Need Protection From Bailout

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Washington (AP) Senator Hillary Clinton says she worries taxpayers could be left “holding the bag” with plans for a 700 billion dollar government program to stabilize the country's distressed financial markets.

Interviewed on “The Early Show,” on CBS, Clinton says she agrees the situation is critical and that something must be done quickly.

She says “the house is on fire and we've got to call the fire department and put the fire out.” But Clinton also says congress should not “give the treasury a blank check” to straighten out the problem.