SANTEE, S.C. — Hillary Rodham Clinton is stressing her commitment to children in rural areas.

She says in a campaign stop in South Carolina that they should receive the same government benefits as children in urban centers.

The Democratic presidential contender is also decrying Republican efforts to cut early childhood education programs and food stamps.

In rural Orangeburg County, she told a crowd of several hundred that public support for children must start in infancy.

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And she says some of that responsibility falls on parents who should start reading and singing to babies from birth.

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