TIME 2016 Election

Clinton and Sanders Call on Michigan Governor to Resign

The candidates agreed that the governor should leave office over the Flint water crisis

Sunday’s Democratic debate in Flint began in agreement as both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders called on Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to resign over his role in the city’s water crisis.

“The governor of this state should understand his dereliction of duty was irresponsible. He should resign,” Vermont Sen. Sanders said, a call he has made before.

Then former Secretary of State Clinton agreed, the first time that she has said Snyder should resign over the lead in Flint’s water. “The governor should resign or be recalled, and we should support the efforts of citizens to achieve that,” she said.

Snyder took to Twitter during the debate to defend himself:

Sanders connected the water crisis back to his favorite topic on the stump: income inequality. “We need to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” he said. “Our water systems, our waste water plants, our roads and our bridges. The wealthiest country in the history of the world has got to get its priorities right, take care of the people, no more tax breaks for billionaires.”

Clinton also said she would support consequences for public officials, and that she would launch an investigation into who knew about the water contamination, and when. “People should be held accountable, wherever that leads,” she said.

Both candidates were met with loud cheers from the Flint audience.

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team