Charlie LeDuff’s Interview W/Gov. Snyder About Flint Water: Raw, Emotional, Culpable [VIDEO]
Governor Rick Snyder's name may forever be associated with the Flint Water Crisis. But in an interview with Charlie LeDuff, Snyder seemed almost emotional as he told the Detroit stalwart that his first concern is the people of Flint, and that he doesn't care about the legacy he leaves behind as Michigan's governor.
"I'm responsible. So I am not trying to get out of that. You have to responsible for these things, I'm taking responsibility but I want to fix the problem."
But when pressed to present a timeline as to when the multi-year water debacle will finally be solved, Snyder was more evasive.
"In terms of a goal, I have several goals. Short term, I want to make sure that every household in Flint has access to water filters, water, blood tests, water tests -- what they need to get them through this short-term crisis. Next set of goals -- long term goals -- how do we get the water coming out of the tap to be safe and clean, so you can just take it out and drink it, like you should."
LeDuff then grilled the governor about the decision to save money by switching Flint's water supply from Detroit to the Flint river.
"In your time as governor, you cut business taxes two billion dollars a year. We got substandard water service in Flint to save two million dollars a year. The question is, 'Whose interest do you serve? Corporate's welfare, or the public's welfare? Who's first, in your heart, and on your desk?'"
Snyder went on to say what could have been done is part of his personal struggle. "I feel awful about this," he told LeDuff. "These are people. They've been harmed. You can't feel good about that."
Watch the entire interview from WJBK in the video below, and let us know what you think.