At Thursday’s Fox News debate in Detroit, co-moderator Brett Baier noted that clean water is one of the most commonly discussed concerns on Facebook and that in Michigan, people of both parties are especially concerned about the crisis in Flint that has resulted in thousands of residents being exposed to lead-contaminated water.
Baier noted that both Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, have been to Flint and asked Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), “Why haven’t GOP candidates done more or talked more about this?”
Rubio responded that it was a “systemic breakdown at every level of government” and denounced the politicizing of the situation.
He then praised Michigan Gov. Rick Synder (R) credit for taking responsibility for the crisis and pivoted to attack Democrats for “trying to turn this into a partisan issue, that somehow Republicans woke up in the morning and decided, ‘oh, it’s a good idea to poison some kids with lead.'”
Just last week, emails revealed that the Snyder administration knew about the Flint water issues a year before any action was taken.
Flint’s tap water has been contaminated for years with dangerously elevated amounts of lead. Medical experts warn that could “irreversibly” damage child brain development for children who consumed that water.
The entire discussion, including the question, lasted less than two minutes. None of the other candidates were asked to weigh in on the topic, and the the hosts quickly moved on to other topics.
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