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Monday, February 19, 2007
Clinton: Iraq "blank check days are over"
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Telling a South Carolina audience the "blank check days are over," Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, said Monday the Iraqi government must take responsibility for the security of their country.

"They have to begin defending themselves or we should not give them another penny for their security forces or for their private security," Clinton told a crowd in Columbia, her first visit to the Palmetto State as a presidential candidate.

The New York Democrat also urged the president to begin discussions with Iran.

"Meet with them. That is not a sign of weakness. It is a way of figuring out what they are doing and how to prevent them from doing it," she said to loud applause.

Clinton also plans to make stops in Florence and Charleston later Monday.