Mr Clegg launched a scathing attack on the Tories, accusing them of whipping up fears in the City of London that a hung parliament would create a run on sterling as a minority government would lack the political will to tackle Britain's £178bn deficit.
He insisted: "We are the guarantee, if you are worried that Labour is not taking it [the deficit] seriously enough and Gordon Brown is in denial.
"We are the guarantee that it will be taken seriously because we are candid and open about the enormity of the problem. If you are worried that the Tories would cut the deficit from day one when there is no economic case and when the effect would be unfair, you can rely on us to make sure that cuts would be implemented when the economy can sustain it and in a way that is fairly distributed."The Liberal Democrat leader argued that an "open-ended" election result could be "a virtue" because his party would have the most detailed and costed plan for tackling the deficit of any party
My demands for a post-election deal, by Nick Clegg - UK Politics, UK - The Independent