Clinton, Sanders focus on Flint ahead of MI primary


Clinton ups the ante after echoing Sanders’ call for Snyder to resign: “But that is not enough, we must focus on what should be done for people of Flint“.

He later contended that Clinton’s super PAC is raising huge sums of money from the fossil fuel industry, and that rather than standing up to the multinational corporations that are destroying our planet, Clinton is taking money from them. But the more lopsided delegate count suggests Clinton is on a steady march toward the nomination. She also leads in polls in several big states that vote on March 15, including OH and Florida. “He voted against the money that ended up saving the auto industry”.
“It’s raining lead in Flint“, Clinton said. “I voted to save the auto industry”, she said, referring to the 2008 bill authorizing a multi-billion-dollar bailout of the American auto companies, unpopular at the time but ultimately successful.
Just a few minutes after the debate started, the Associated Press declared that Sanders had won the Maine Democratic caucuses, gaining his eighth win over Clinton in 19 nominating contests.
In the race for the Democratic nomination, Clinton has at least 1,130 delegates to Sanders’ 499, including superdelegates — members of Congress, governors and party officials who can support the candidate of their choice.
Sanders repeated his charge that Clinton is too close to Wall Street and demanded again that she release the transcript of paid speeches she has given to Wall Street firms.
Clinton slammed what she said was the “bigotry, bullying and bluster” of the GOP front-runner, while her rival pointed to polls indicating he was more likely to beat the billionaire.
Sanders agreed, saying either he or Clinton would invest “a lot of money into mental health, and when you watch these Republican debates you know why we need to invest”. It was the first time Clinton called for Michigan’s governor to resign over his handling of Flint’s drinking water crisis. The issue at the top of the list – the Flint water crisis.
But Sanders hit back: “I am very glad … that Secretary Clinton has discovered religion on this issue”. Clinton said she will do so when other candidates, including Republicans, agree to do the same.
Sanders said he had been “shattered” by visiting the city and meeting citizens.
It is “beyond belief that children in Flint, Mich., in the United States of America in the year 2016 are being poisoned”, he said.
“Hillary Clinton has already demonstrated that she will be standing strong for Flint, with or without political implications”, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, said.
“When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto”.
Clinton mentioned the controversy first during a debate in mid-January, portraying it as a case of institutional racism in a poverty-stricken city with a 56% African-American population. Clinton began to interrupt, then Sanders said: “Excuse me, I’m talking“.
During the debate, both also tussled over whether gun manufacturers should be legal liable when their weapons are used in crimes.
Clinton and Sanders have engaged in a topsy-turvy race.
Others took to Twitter to speculate whether Clinton had gotten her dates mixed up after the former Secretary of State commented on work she did with Obama when he was a senator. It takes 2,383 delegates to win the nomination.
Now the two Democrats are waging an intense battle across the Midwest, with major primaries coming in OH and IL as well.
But as the Sanders campaign matured into a major competitor for Clinton, Sanders became more challenging, even hostile.