Perhaps I’m mistaken, but isn’t someone who is running for the White House supposed to have an opinion on pressing issues which directly impact average Americans?
Maybe Marco Rubio didn’t get the memo or hasn’t checked his email account in a while, because earlier today when asked about the lead contamination crisis which is gripping Flint, Michigan–Michigan! A huge electoral vote prize in November–this is what Rubio had to say on the matter:
I’d love to give you a better answer on it. It’s just not an issue we’ve been quite frankly fully briefed or apprised of in terms of the role the governor has played and the state has played in Michigan on these sorts of issues.
You have to be briefed in order to know that high levels of lead in the water supply are a very bad thing, Senator? What turnip truck did you fall off?
But wait, Rubio wasn’t quite finished trying to talk around the issue without saying anything at all. He also added that he couldn’t give:
A deeply detailed answer on what the right approach should be, other than to tell you that in general I believe the federal government’s role in some of these things [is] largely limited unless it involves a federal jurisdictional issue.
That wasn’t exactly the question, but while we’re on it, let me take a bold guess here and posit that since the Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, is a conservative Republican, much like Rubio, the Florida Senator doesn’t want to criticize one of his own. Sharks generally do not attack each other.
None of the GOP candidates for President has placed the blame for this crisis where it squarely belongs: On Rick Snyder and those who work for him. The residents of Flint know where to point the fingers, and have filed a class-action lawsuit against Snyder.
In start contrast, the Democrats seeking the 2016 nomination have not been shy in their criticism, with Hillary Clinton remarking:
I think every single American should be outraged. We had a city in the United States of America where the population, which is poor in many ways, and majority-African American, has been drinking and bathing in lead-contaminated water. And the governor of that state acted as though he didn’t really care. He had requests for help that he basically stonewalled. I’ll tell you what: if the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water and being bathed in it, there would have been action.
And Bernie Sanders has called on Governor Snyder to resign immediately:
There are no excuses. The governor long ago knew about the lead in Flint’s water. He did nothing. As a result, hundreds of children were poisoned. Thousands may have been exposed to potential brain damage from lead. Gov. Snyder should resign.
Innocent children have been poisoned and Marco Rubio cannot talk about it because he hasn’t been briefed? Then I guess he just took himself out of serious contention for the highest office in the land.
Watch Rubio make a total asshat of himself:
This article was originally published by the same author at BipartisanReport.com.