Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder responds to Democratic presidential 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.

“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 Clinton and Bernie Sanders, said Sunday that Snyder should resign – or be recalled by voters – over his handling of the Flint crisis, where lead lives in 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 state officials switched the water source for Flint to a cheaper source, the Flint River. Opponents of the governor argue that members of his administration knew about the threat to the drinking water supply before the public was warned, and had internal discussions about the problem.

Snyder and others have blamed the crisis on a breakdown of government oversight – the Environment Protection Agency also knew about the threat to drinking water early. Both Snyder and the EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will testify on the matter before the House Oversight Committee next week.