FLINT, Mich. (WJBK) - Another presidential candidate made a stop in Michigan as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders stopped in Flint to talk about the city's ongoing battle with lead-tainted water.
The Democratic presidential candidate lead a panel discussion at Woodside Church and took questions from the crowd about how he would fix the crisis.
This was Sanders' second visit this month to Michigan. Just two weeks ago, he visited the Great Lakes State and went to Ypsilanti and Detroit
It was dubbed a community forum and Sanders came out to an intimate crowd of 450 supporters. They were packed into the Flint church for a chance to interact with the candidate - however, it was the Vermont Senator who did most of the questioning.
"To hear what is happening to children in this community is so horrific, it's so painful, it is almost hard to discuss," Sanders said. "You are paying $150 to $300 a month for water that you cannot drink? What about showering, can you take a bath?
The topic that dominated the conversation isn't surpising. Anger and frustration boiled to the surface for most of the discussion about Flint Water Crisis.
The candidate took it upon himself to conduct a fact-finding mission. He listened to one mother who said her son was suspended 56 times because of lead-induced behavioral issues and is desperate for help.
"After thsi presidential campaign what would do to help us here in Flint?" she asked.
Sanders says the actions have to come from the very top.
"It seems to me that the city does not have the resources, the state does not have the willingness, then in fact, the federal government has to acknowledge this is an emergency situation and act accordingly," he said.
While Sanders was the only Presidential candidate that took part in the program, the pastor of Woodside church said all Republican and Democratic candidates were invited to attend.
Sanders and Hillary Clinton will be back in Flint for a debate on March 6, right after the Republican debate on March 3 in Detroit. The Michigan primary is March 8.