Clinton said the country was “mortgaging out a lot of our sovereignty” by using foreign creditors to pay for an “exploding” debt.

His recipe? More growth and revenue, fueled by immigrant workers and a controversial value-added tax.

“I think we’re going to have to have more taxpayers, which is why I favor, in a disciplined way, immigration reform and letting more immigrants come to the country,” Clinton told CNBC. “I think it would make more jobs for people who are unemployed, not fewer.”