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Michigan Governor Upset About Democratic Debate Mention

"Political statement and finger pointing from political candidates only distract from solving the Flint water crisis"

A Republican politician was upset about being mentioned during the Democratic presidential debate Sunday, but it wasn’t any of the people running for the White House.

When moderators asked the candidates if there were any topics they wished had been addressed during the debate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought up the lead-contaminated tap water in Flint, Mich., referencing an interview she gave to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Thursday.

“Well, Lester, I spent a lot of time last week being outraged by what’s happening in Flint, Michigan, and I think every single American should be outraged,” Clinton told NBC anchor Lester Holt. “I issued a statement about what we needed to do, and then I went on a TV show and I said it was outrageous that the governor hadn’t acted — and within two hours he had.”

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who spoke next, went even further, noting that he called for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to resign on Saturday.

“Well, Secretary Clinton was right, and what I did, which I think is also right, is demanded the resignation of [the] governor,” he said. “A man who acts that irresponsibly should not stay in power.”

Read More: President Obama Signs Emergency Declaration Over Flint Water

Snyder, who decided against a White House run in May, tweeted his disappointment shortly after the debate ended.

The tweet also got a supportive response from liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, a native of Flint who first received attention for a documentary about the city’s strained relationship with GM.


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