Michigan governor tweets response to Democratic debate

Michigan governor tweets response to Democratic debate
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) responded to the Democratic debate in Flint, Mich., Sunday night by tweeting about his commitment to solving the water crisis affecting the city. 

“In a few days, political candidates will be leaving Flint and Michigan,” he tweeted. 

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“They will not be staying to help solve the crisis, but I am committed to the people of Flint. I will fix this crisis and help Flint move forward.”

Both Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' The Memo: Democrats debate Trump response – 'Being righteous and losing sucks' MORE and Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Cardi B posts message of support for Ilhan Omar #IStandWithIlhan trends after crowd at Trump rally chants 'send her back' MORE, said Sunday that Snyder should resign — or be recalled by voters — over his handling of the Flint crisis, in which lead levels in the drinking water have spiked.

“There’s a lot of blame to go around, and one of the points that I have made is that I believe the governor of this state should understand that his dereliction of duty was irresponsible. He should resign,” Sanders said.

"I agree, the governor should resign, or be recalled,” Clinton said. “I support the efforts of citizens attempting to achieve that. But, that is not enough. We have to focus on what must be done to help the people of Flint.”

The crisis came about after the state pushed the city off the Detroit municipal drinking water supply and toward a cheaper source, the Flint River. Opponents of the governor note that members of his administration knew about the threat to the drinking water supply before the public was warned and even had internal discussions about what, if anything, to do about the problem. 

Snyder and others have blamed the crisis on a breakdown of government oversight at all levels — the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also knew about the threat to the drinking water early, an issue Clinton and Sanders hit on Sunday. Both Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthyRegina (Gina) McCarthyOvernight Energy: Critics accuse Interior's top lawyer of misleading Congress | Boaty McBoatface makes key climate change discovery | Outrage over Trump's order to trim science advisory panels Trump's order to trim science advisory panels sparks outrage Overnight Energy: Trump order to trim science panels sparks outrage | Greens ask watchdog to investigate Interior's records policies | EPA to allow use of pesticide harmful to bees MORE will testify on the matter before the House Oversight Committee next week. 

On Sunday night, Snyder said he was best positioned to help solve the problems there. 

“Long-term solutions are what the people of Flint need and what I am focused on delivering for them,” he tweeted.