Best Lines of the Democratic Debate in Flint, Michigan

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Source: ABC News

On Sunday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and rival Bernie Sanders faced off against each other at the seventh debate of the primary season in Flint, Michigan.

As the debate began, Sanders was declared the winner of the Maine Democratic caucuses, according to the Associated Press. Just a day earlier, on “Super Saturday,” Sanders won two states — Nebraska and Kansas — while Clinton scored a southern victory in Louisiana.

Here are the best lines of the debate, hosted by CNN:

ON THE WATER CRISIS IN FLINT, MICHIGAN

BERNIE SANDERS: “Over the last several weeks, I had the opportunity to meet with a number of residents of Flint, had a town meeting in Flint, and I have to tell you, what I heard and what I saw literally shattered me and it was beyond belief that children in Flint, Michigan in the United States of America in the years 2016 are being poisoned. That is clearly not what this country should be about.”

The Vermont senator followed up: “One of the points that I have made is I believe the governor of this state should understand that his dereliction of duty was irresponsible. He should resign.”

“If local government does not have the resources, if state government for whatever reason refuses to act, children in America should not be poisoned, federal government comes in, federal government acts. What is incredible to me, water rates have soared in Flint. You are paying three times more for poison water than I am paying in Burlington, Vermont for clean water. First thing is you say people are not paying a water bill for poison water.”

HILLARY CLINTON: “The governor should resign or be recalled and we should 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.”

“I know the state of Michigan has a rainy day fund for emergencies. What is more important than the health and well being of the people, particularly children. It is raining lead in Flint; and the state is derelict in not coming forward with the money that is required.”

“I want us to have an absolute commitment to getting rid of lead. It’s not only in water, but in soil and lead paint that is found mostly in older homes. That’s why 500,000 children today have lead in their bodies.” “We were making progress on this in the 1990s. I worked with then senator Obama to get more money, more support to do more to remove lead. That has unfortunately been in many ways moved to a lower priority. I will elevate it and I will do everything I can. Water, soil, and paint. We will get rid of it.”

ON CLINTON’S JOBS RECORD

BERNIE SANDERS: “I am very glad, Anderson, that Secretary Clinton discovered religion on this issue. But it’s a little bit too late. Secretary Clinton supported virtually every one of the disastrous trade agreements written by corporate America. NAFTA, supported by the secretary, cost us 800,000 jobs nationwide, tens of thousands of jobs in the midwest. Permanent trade relations costus millions of jobs. I was on a picket line against NAFTA because you didn’t need a Ph.D in economics to understand that American workers should not be forced to compete against people in Mexico making 25 cents an hour.”

HILLARY CLINTON: “I will tell you something else that senator Sanders was against. He was against the auto bailout. In January of 2009, president-elect Obama asked everybody in the congress to vote for the bailout. The money was there and had to be released in order to save the American auto industry and four million jobs and to begin restructuring. We had the best year that the auto industry had in a long time. I voted to save the auto industry. He voted against the money that ended up saving the auto industry. I think that is a pretty big difference.”

CLINTON AND SANDERS GET TESTY

SANDERS: If you are talking about the Wall Street bailout where some of your friends destroyed this economy —

CLINTON: You know —

SANDERS: Excuse me, I’m talking.

CLINTON: If you are going to talk, tell the whole story, senator Sanders.

SANDERS: I will tell my story and you tell yours.

CLINTON: I will.

SANDERS ON BEING A ONE ISSUE CANDIDATE

SANDERS: “Secretary Clinton said I’m a one-issue person. I guess so. My issue is trying to rebuild a disappearing middle class. That’s my one issue.”

“All I can say is that given the terrible pressures that the auto industry was under and that the middle class of this state and Ohio and Indiana and Illinois and Wisconsin and Missouri and other places in the Midwest were facing, I think it was the right decision to heed what President-elect Obama asked us to do. He sent a letter, an authorized letter, asking us to support that to save the auto industry. Were there things in it that you and I would not have necessarily wanted? That’s true. When it came down to it, you were for saving the auto industry or against it. I voted to save the auto industry. I am very glad that I did.”

ON CLINTON’S WALL STREET TIES

SANDERS: “One of us has a super PAC. One of us has raised $15 million from Wall Street for that super PAC. One of us has given speeches on Wall Street for hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

ON CLINTON’S SPEECH TRANSCRIPTS

CLINTON: “I have said and I will say again, I will be happy to release anything I have as long as everybody else does too. What really is behind that question … is whether I can stand up to Wall Street. Let’s have some facts instead of rhetoric for a change.”

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