Debate Questioner: Hillary’s Answer “Made Me Vomit in My Mouth”

Flint, Mich. resident <strong><p class=LeeAnne Walters testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to examine the ongoing situation in Flint, Mich. Flint is under a public health emergency after its drinking water became tainted when the city switched from the Detroit system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money. The city was under state management at the time. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)” width=”575″ height=”386″ class=”size-new-size wp-image-336624″ /> Flint, Mich. resident LeeAnne Walters testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to examine the ongoing situation in Flint, Mich. Flint is under a public health emergency after its drinking water became tainted when the city switched from the Detroit system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money. The city was under state management at the time. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Debate questioner LeeAnne Walters said Hillary Clinton’s answer “made me vomit in my mouth”

The Huffington Post reported:

Flint resident Lee-Anne Walters didn’t like Bernie Sanders’ response to her question about lead pipes during Sunday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Flint. But she really didn’t like Hillary Clinton’s response.

“I hated Hillary Clinton’s answer,” Walters, 38, told The Huffington Post on Monday. “It actually made me vomit in my mouth.”

Walters, an early whistleblower in the Flint water crisis, had asked whether as president, Clinton and the Vermont senator would promise to require public water systems in the United States to remove lead pipes.

Clinton and rival Bernie Sanders did not give direct answers. Instead, Clinton proposed getting rid of all lead sources, including paint and dust, within five years.

“We will commit to a priority to change the water systems and we will commit within five years to remove lead from everywhere,” Clinton said.

To Walters, five years is an unacceptable timeline.

“To tell a Flint resident that we’ll handle this in five years is no different than what the city was telling us and what the state was telling us,” Walters said.

Walters and other Flint residents knew their water had gone bad soon after the city switched from the Detroit water system to the Flint River as its water source in 2014. The city was under the control of an emergency manager appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder (R), and for more than a year the Snyder administration insisted the water was safe to drink even though it looked and tasted weird, caused rashes, and angry residents were marching in the streets.

Now she knows how the rest of us feel.

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