WASHINGTON - President-elect Clinton acknowledge last week that he is getting conflicting advice on how to speed up the economy and generate jobs, but he also gave some hints about what he intends to do when he takes over as chief executive on Jan. 20.

The upshot is that Clinton can be relied on to tread carefully, seeking to meet his campaign pledges to revitalize the economy while assuring financial markets that he will not be a wild-eyed spender who adds recklessly to the deficit.

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