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Bill Clinton: Conflict Is 'Often Good Politics'

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By Andrea Billups   |   Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 02:04 PM

While most people are growing tired, if not angry, about the government shutdown, former President Bill Clinton says the discord may well help lawmakers in future elections.

"Constant conflict is actually often good politics, because the more you can inflame your supporters, the more likely they are to show up at Election Day," Clinton told the National Community Pharmacists Association convention Orlando, Fla., on Monday, CNN reported.

"And if they're more inflamed than the other side, even if the other side has more people agreeing with it, you'll win because your crowd will show up."

Not that the former president is encouraging political infighting. Clinton, who moved to the middle in the name of progress during his own second term, hopes to see lawmakers working together if the nation's deep problems are to be solved, ABC reported.

"Nobody's right all the time," said Clinton, who dealt with his own government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996.

"And the more complex the problems are, the more you need people to work together," he said, noting the need for compromise to get things done.

But Clinton said he worries that today's politicians have "gotten impractical."

"That's about the nicest word I can think of," he said, tempering his own frustrations as the impact of the shutdown begins to be felt across the country.

Late last month, Clinton defended President Barack Obama as it appeared Republicans were about to force a shutdown.

"I guess [Obama] could stop it, but the current price of stopping it is higher than the price of letting the Republicans do it and taking their own medicine," Clinton told ABC News' "This Week."

"You can't negotiate over that, and I think he's right not to."





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