Aussie FM Offers US 'Friendly' Budget Advice
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Claiming the right as one of America's oldest friends to offer advice, visiting Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr urges Democrats and Republicans to strike an historic agreement on their ongoing budget battles. (March 22)

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SHOTLIST:AP Television - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - March 23, 20131. SOUNDBITE (English) Bob Carr, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs:"We look at your political system, we see the Democrats challenged by the need to reform welfare entitlements and the Republicans challenged by the need to adjust tax concessions and our instinct as a friend of America is just make some historic compromises. You must make the system of government, crafted as it was in the 1780s, you must make it work for the modern American world. As a friend of America, we assert our right to give friendly advice. A good friend doesn't allow, doesn't allow you to get into a car and leave a party or dinner when you are drunk and we're entitled, we are entitled as one of your oldest friends to say for your own sake and the sake of the world, just get this right. And it is the only thing that stands between you and the banishment of talk of America in decline. (Off camera moderator: Our problem is we have a car full of drunks.) Laughter. " STORYLINE:Claiming the right as one of America's oldest friends to offer advice, visiting Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr urges Democrats and Republicans to strike an historic agreement on their ongoing budget battles.