Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder defends himself on Twitter as Democrats attack

Clinton, Sanders rip Michigan over Flint water crisis
Clinton, Sanders rip Michigan over Flint water crisis

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  • Michigan governor on Twitter: Flint decisions were "never about money"
  • He pushed back against criticism at the Democratic debate

(CNN)As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Sunday called for his removal over the Flint water crisis, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder defended himself and his administration in a series of defiant tweets.

"I'm taking responsibility as our value system says we should," the Republican said after both candidates called for his resignation or recall. "My track record is getting things done, and I want to get this done."
    Under Snyder's watch, the city -- reportedly in response to rising prices -- made the decision to switch its water source from Lake Huron and the Detroit system to the Flint River.
    "This was never about money," Snyder tweeted earlier, deflecting charges that the state's slow response to the crisis was driven by economics. "This was a failure of government at all levels that could be described as a massive error of bureaucracy."
    When Clinton demanded new funds be made available to support efforts to rebuild the infrastructure of Flint -- and criticized the state for holding back cash from its "rainy day fund" -- Snyder responded again, tweeting, "I've proposed more than $230 million in additional aid for Flint, and have already delivered $70 million."