At the top of a heated Democratic presidential primary debate on Sunday in Michigan, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders called on the state’s Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to resign amid the Flint water crisis.
The problem is “symbolic of what is going on” in urban America, Sanders said during his opening remarks at the CNN debate. He said residents should not be forced to pay bills for “poisoned water.”
Clinton followed up by saying Snyder should resign or be recalled from office.
“We have to focus on what must be done to help the people of Flint,” she said, adding that money is needed from the federal government and the state: “It is raining lead in Flint.”
From there, the candidates clashed over trade, the auto bailout, guns, and ties to Wall Street in the feistiest debate yet.
The forum quickly turned into a heated philosophical argument about an economy that Sanders said is weighted against the middle and working classes and is abetted, he said, by close ties between politicians, such as Clinton, and Wall Street financiers.
Sanders accused Clinton of supporting “disastrous” trade policies that contributed to corporate America’s decision to move manufacturing from cities like Flint to low-wage economies in Central America and Asia. But she in turn said that Sanders had refused to vote for a bailout for the auto industry that was included in the outgoing Bush administration’s attempts to stave off the financial crisis.
“If everybody had voted the way he did, I believe the auto industry would have collapsed, taking 4 million jobs with it,” Clinton said.
The next Democratic debate, hosted by Univision, the Washington Post, and the Florida Democratic Party, is scheduled to take place Wednesday in Miami.
SOURCE: CNN | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform