FLINT (CBS Detroit) – Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to a full house of supporters inside a church Thursday afternoon.

With a primary set for Saturday in South Carolina, Sanders spent valuable campaign time in Flint to talk of income inequality and about the water crisis in the city.

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“Clearly this is part of a long-term trend of massive levels of income and wealth inequality, starving communities of color of not providing the kind of resources that we need for our children – of more worry about tax breaks for billionaires than decent schools or decent infrastructure,” said Sanders.

Sanders said he pays about $70 a month in Vermont for water. That’s about $70 less than the average bill in Flint.

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“Unless we have the courage to look at the truth, unless we have the courage to face reality, it is hard for us as a community or a nation to go forward,” he said.

The U.S. senator from Vermont and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have made Flint ground-zero for their campaigns in Michigan.

With the March 8 presidential primary less than two weeks away, the two candidates are trying to fire up their party’s liberal base upset with Gov. Rick Snyder’s handling of the crisis.

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Sanders was last in Michigan on February 15, when he held a rally at Eastern Michigan University drawing a crowd of nearly 10,000 people.