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Bill Clinton advises Obama on shutdown: ‘If I were president. . . ‘

Former impeached President Bill Clinton had some advice for President Obama Sunday: Do as I say, not as I do.

Or did, as the case may be, considering he sat through a government shutdown in 1995.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Clinton suggested Obama continue to stand firm and not negotiate with Republicans on the looming government shutdown.

“At some point, if [Republicans] are going to change how the constitution works and fundamentally alter the character of our country, and damage the future of a lot of kids, you just have to say ‘no,’” Clinton said in the interview.

Clinton’s advice to Obama was, in part:

There’s nothing to negotiate with. He shouldn’t delay the healthcare bill. It’s the law, so I think that’s a nonstarter.

If I were the president, I wouldn’t negotiate over these draconian cuts that are going to take food off the table of low-income working people while they leave all the agricultural subsidies in for high –income farmers…I just think it’s chilling. It seems almost spiteful.

This is the House Republicans and the tea party people saying, “we don’t want to negotiate with the Democrats. We want to dictate over the Senate, over the House Democrats, over the speaker of the house of our own party and over the president. We insist on dictating the course of the country.”

Watch Clinton’s interview via ABC News:

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