Senator Ted Cruz on a visit to Grand Rapids on eve of Michigan’s presidential primary. Native News Online photos by Levi Rickert
Published March 8, 2016
GRAND RAPIDS—While making a late night campaign stop in Grand Rapids on the eve of Michigan’s presidential primary, Senator Ted Cruz says that officials at all levels of government need to be held accountable for the Flint water crisis.
Cruz made this statement to reporters at the conclusion of a press conference he held late Monday night just before midnight after he spoke to some 1,20o people who waited to hear him. He arrived in Grand Rapids two hours late from Mississippi where his plane was grounded on a runway due to mechnical problems.
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The Flint question was the last question of the night. At first Senator Cruz walked away from this reporter’s question, but then turned around and came back to the bank of microphones to address the Flint water crisis and said he wanted to talk about Flint.
One night earlier, on Sunday night, Flint hosted the Democratic presidential debate. It was there the two Democratic candidates — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — called on Michigan Governor Rick Synder to resign because of his mishandling of the Flint water crisis, where lead-tainited waster has poisoned citizens for nearly two years.
“Too many politicians failed on their jobs in Flint,” commented Cruz. “The EPA was not doing its job to assure men, women and children had safe drinking water.”
Despite the late hour, the crowd – mixed with young children – chanted “Ted, Ted, Ted” as the senator arrived at the ballroom of a local Italian resturant.
Cruz provided the crowd with fodder as said he would repeal every word of Obamacare if he were elected president.
“If you don’t want to see Donald Trump as our next nominee. … If you don’t want to see Hillary Clinton as our next president, join us,” Cruz told the crowd.
Polls open in Michigan at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. There are 59 Republican delegates that will be selected on Tuesday.