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In tonight’s Democratic debate, citizens of Flint, Michigan have been asking the candidates questions that hit close to home—questions like, what can you do to promise us we won’t be poisoned, for instance. Which, for Hillary, meant swearing to get rid of every last bit of lead in the country in five years time.
More specifically, one Flint resident posed the candidates with the following prompt:
Will you make a personal promise to me right now, that as President, in your first 100 days in office, you will make it a requirement that all public water systems will remove all lead service lines throughout the entire United States and notifications made to the citizens that have such service lines?
Hillary Clinton decided to go one step further, though, saying that “we have to have an absolute commitment to getting rid of lead wherever it is. Because it’s not only in water systems, it’s also in soil and it’s in lead paint that’s found mostly in older homes.”
...So I want to exactly what you said. We will commit to a priority to change the water systems, and we will commit to within five years to remove lead from everywhere
...Water, soil, and paint—we’re gonna get rid of it.
All the lead—gone! And in five years no less. Which is a great thought, and there’s no question that our work on reducing lead contamination has come to a troubling standstill. But according to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development survey from 2011, 37.1 million homes have lead-based paint “somewhere in the building”—or about 35% of all housing units nationwide. In other words, Hillary better start scraping now.