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CNN to hold Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Michigan

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posted on Feb, 9 2016 @ 04:03 PM
Well i just saw this on my facebook feed and thought i would bring it here.
Being from Flint, this saddens me.
Nobody really gave 2 farts about Flint a year ago.
I expected Michael Moore to capitalize but Bernie and Hilary coming to town really takes the taco. I'll be planning an out of town trip for that weekend...

On a more serious note, the water issue has put Flint into the national spotlight. Apparently 2 elitists arguing in the same city will change that. So i'll be grateful for all the help we can get.

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN)Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will debate next month in Flint, Michigan, a city thrust into the national spotlight after it was discovered residents were drinking toxic tap water. The debate will air on CNN, the Democratic National Committee announced on Sunday.
The internationally televised event on March 6 will take place two days before the Michigan and Mississippi primaries and is part of a broader deal reached by Clinton and Sanders to add more DNC-sanctioned presidential primary debates to the schedule.

"Our Democratic candidates have run spirited campaigns focused on how to best move our country forward, and our upcoming debate in Flint, Michigan is a critical setting to highlight what's at stake in these elections," said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. "This debate is an opportunity to elevate the very serious issues facing the residents of Flint, and it's also an opportunity to remind voters what Democratic leadership can do for the economy -- so that everyone in America has a fair shot."

The problem with Flint's water supply arose when its source was switched to the Flint River from Lake Huron. The water was found to be highly corrosive and extremely dangerous to residents' health. Flint, a city that once relied on the auto industry, has hit hard times as local officials estimate that more than 40% of it residents live below the poverty line and 50% of the homes have been abandoned. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People charged that action to change the water supply would have been quicker if Flint wasn't such a poor community. "While it might not be intentional, there's this implicit bias against older cities ... with poverty (and) majority-minority communities," Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee said. The U.S. Census Bureau says that Flint is 57% black, 37% white, 4% Hispanic and 4% of mixed race.

Sanders and Clinton have both addressed the issue on the campaign trial. Sanders has called for the resignation of Michigan Gov. Rick Synder, a Republican, and Clinton, who has argued that the crisis was ignored in part because the city is poor and largely African-American, will leave the New Hampshire campaign trail on Sunday to highlight the crisis.

posted on Feb, 9 2016 @ 04:17 PM
Oh My God.

Is the EPA Director going too?

posted on Feb, 9 2016 @ 04:19 PM
Finally....more debates! About time they got the lead out!

posted on Feb, 9 2016 @ 04:27 PM
How is the town possibly going to accommodate all of the people associated with the event and their water needs? Candidates, staffers, reporters, crews.

posted on Feb, 9 2016 @ 04:29 PM
a reply to: SteamyJeans

I smell a backfire!

posted on Feb, 9 2016 @ 04:32 PM

originally posted by: IAMTAT

Finally....more debates! About time they got the lead out!

I smell a big fat government contract for bottled water.

posted on Feb, 9 2016 @ 04:33 PM
Could someone,pleease get HRC a glass of water,


All joking aside, good for them!

posted on Feb, 9 2016 @ 04:34 PM
Hillary bathes in the blood of virgins, so she ought to be okay...and Bernie only drinks Ensure.
edit on 9-2-2016 by IAMTAT because: (no reason given)

posted on Feb, 9 2016 @ 04:38 PM
I wondered the same thing. I'm sure they will be staying outside of town, Flint still has some nice surrounding suburbs.
I'm sure on of the 2 will stop by the local brewery and restaurant scene, if only for the cameras.

I'm thinking when Obama told them how good his Jolly Pumpkin beer was a few weeks ago while in Detroit they decided they needed to hit up a Michigan beer Tour....
a reply to: kosmicjack

posted on Feb, 9 2016 @ 07:45 PM
Maybe they'll all sample the water ...

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