By Kyle Balluck - 09/29/13 02:52 PM EDT
Former President Bill Clinton is urging President Obama to stand firm and not negotiate with Republicans over the debt limit, despite the risk of default.
Clinton, who was in the White House when the government last shut down in 1995 and 1996, defended his negotiations with congressional Republicans over the debt limit in 1996.
“The negotiations we had were extremely minor,” Clinton said, adding that the economy was growing the “deficit was going down.”
“We didn’t give away the store and they didn’t ask us to give away the store.”
“There’s nothing to negotiate with. He shouldn’t delay the healthcare bill,” Clinton said. “It’s the law and we’re opening the enrollment on Oct.1. It’s a nonstarter.“
During an hourlong speech on Wednesday, Clinton said Republicans have a duty as elected officials to help fix the “glitches” in ObamaCare.
Clinton also said Sunday that a Farm Bill should not be on the table.
“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 for high-income farmers.
“I just think it’s chilling to me. It’s almost spiteful.”
“This is the House republicans and the Tea Party people saying we don’t want to negotiate with the Democrats,” Clinton added.