DETROIT (WWJ) – In an interview with talking points that appeared right out of Governor Rick Snyder’s statements released to the press, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush endorsing Snyder’s handling of the Flint water crisis and saying to stop the blame game.
Bucking the trend of presidential candidates calling for Snyder to resign and his administration to be held responsible – Jeb Bush, the Republican presidential candidate who is struggling to remain viable in the race, saying that the focus should be on fixing the problem and not on blaming people.
On ABC’s This Week Jeb Bush was asked how this problem could have happened?
“It is horrific, and it’s related to the fact that we’ve created this complex, ‘no responsibility’ regulatory system – the federal government, the state government, the regional government, local and county government are all pointing fingers at one another — it is a tragedy. And what we need to do is to have a 21st Century system of rules. Whenever you see a problem it should become public – there should be transparency — instead of trying to cover it up,” he said.
Bush said he admired the way Snyder has taken responsibility for the water crisis.
“I think he’s been a great governor for Michigan … we should focus, instead of blaming people, what he is doing is creating a strategy to fix this,” said Bush.
In direct opposition, Senator Bernie Sanders, the Democratic presidential hopeful has called for Snyder to resign and frontrunner Hillary Clinton has stridently called out the governor for his handling of the situation.
The former Secretary of State said, in a statement, that the state’s reassurances that Flint River water was safe for human consumption is “unconscionable.”
“The situation in Flint, Michigan, is extremely concerning. No parent should have to worry that their kids’ water isn’t safe,” Clinton said.