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    Clinton, Sanders Welcome Chance to Run Against Trump

    Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., take the stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Michigan-Flint, Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Flint, Michigan.
    Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., take the stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Michigan-Flint, Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Flint, Michigan.
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    The two Democratic candidates for the U.S. presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, said Sunday they would look forward to running against Donald Trump in the general election.

    In Flint, Michigan, the two Democrats also sought to contrast their debates with those in the Republican race that have often featured personal attacks.  Sanders said the Republicans are demonstrating why his administration would place a priority on investing in mental health.

    Flint's 100,000 residents, most of them black and many of them impoverished, have been facing a toxic water crisis that federal, state and local officials have been grappling with for months.

    Sanders opened the debate, broadcast on CNN, by saying he was "shattered" by the sight of families, including children, being "poisoned" by the toxic water in Flint. He called the situation a "disgrace," and said it points out the need to rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure.

    WATCH: Clinton, Sanders Face Off in Flint, Michigan

    Clinton, Sanders in Flint, Michigan Debatei
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    March 07, 2016 1:24 PM
    The two candidates for the Democratic U.S. presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, met Sunday in the northern state of Michigan in another of a series of political debates.

    Clinton called on the federal and state governments to funnel more money into Flint to fix the water system. She said nothing is more important than the health and well-being of the people of Flint.

    Both candidates called on the Republican governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, to resign. Snyder later tweeted, "In a few days, political candidates will be leaving Flint and Michigan. I am committed to the people of Flint."

    The governor has apologized to Flint residents, who have been dealing with high levels of lead in their water supply for nearly two years.

    FILE - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaks in Detroit. Snyder is under fire, accused of reacting too slowly to the water crisis in Flint.
    FILE - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaks in Detroit. Snyder is under fire, accused of reacting too slowly to the water crisis in Flint.

    Who's to blame for water crisis?

    Snyder said state and federal environmental agencies failed to identify and solve the problem after it emerged in April 2014, and that he has replaced the state officials with people who understand the severity of the situation.

    The water crisis emerged as Michigan state officials, managing the financially troubled city's affairs, tried to save money by switching the water supply in April 2014 from Lake Huron, via the Detroit water system, to the Flint River, which courses through Flint. The city switched back to the Detroit supply last October as the scope of the crisis became apparent.

    Trade

    On the economy, Sanders accused Clinton of supporting "disastrous trade agreements" such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and normalizing trade relations with China that he said have led to job losses.

    Sanders spoke after Clinton discussed a number of ways to help manufacturing jobs. She said there needs to be both "carrots and sticks" so that manufacturers make investments in the U.S.
     
    She also said the country needs a comprehensive plan for manufacturing and improving roads and bridges.

    FILE - Gary Mendoza, and his son Michael pay their respects at a makeshift memorial site honoring shooting victims, in San Bernardino, Calif., Dec. 7, 2015.
    FILE - Gary Mendoza, and his son Michael pay their respects at a makeshift memorial site honoring shooting victims, in San Bernardino, Calif., Dec. 7, 2015.

    Mass US shootings

    The two candidates were asked what they would do to address the epidemic of mass shootings in the United States.

    Both called for expanding and improving background checks for those who purchase firearms. But they disagreed on whether gun manufacturers should be held accountable for mass shootings committed by people who use those firearms.

    Clinton favors such accountability, while Sanders said Clinton's approach could amount to "ending gun manufacturing in America."
     
    Michigan primary

    The Democratic candidates faced off just two days before Michigan's primary, in a city that already was in tough shape long before residents learned their drinking water was tainted with lead.

    With Clinton continuing to widen her considerable lead in the Democratic delegate count, Sanders sees upcoming Midwestern primaries as a crucial opportunity to slow her momentum by highlighting his trade policies. After Michigan's vote on Tuesday, the March 15 primaries include Ohio, Illinois and Missouri.

    Sanders, interviewed Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," pledged to keep his campaign going to the Democratic convention this July even if Clinton already has clinched enough delegates to claim the nomination. Sanders did beat Clinton in Sunday's caucuses in Maine.  
     
    Clinton has at least 1,123 delegates to Sanders' 484, including super delegates - members of Congress, governors and party officials who can support the candidate of their choice. It takes 2,383 delegates to win the nomination.

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    by: Chris
    March 08, 2016 12:07 PM
    Bernie is right about the position of protecting gun manufacturers. If people could sue them for every gun death, there would quickly be no more gun manufacturers. We didn't sue all the automotive manufacturers when drivers died, we pushed them to develop safety measures. When airbags cause injuries, the airbag developers are held accountable, not the manufacturer. Bernie doesn't want to shut down any American industry, not even guns. There are better ways to prevent gun violence. It's a cultural problem.

    by: Mark from: Virginia
    March 07, 2016 8:22 AM
    Sanders thinks he's funny, but instead of being quick-witted with that mental health joke, he's quite dull-witted instead. Suicide rates among the mentally impaired is an epidemic in this country, too many are swept under the rug and ignored, while others go on firearm rampages that leave several dead in their wake.

    The candidates on both sides of the political fence are not exhibiting any kind of confidence for me to justify placing a vote for any of them. Despite that one glaring and damning fault of his, Nixon's presidency looks nostalgic and even welcomed in the face of what we have to choose from today....

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    by: Gee Emm from: Qatar
    March 07, 2016 11:41 AM
    Geez...lighten up! I'm quite certain he was not trying to make light of mental health issues, as his record in serving the poor, and other disenfranchised is far, far better than any other candidate on either side of the fence. It was an obvious swipe at the ridiculousness of the Republican party, which has degenerated into a grade school name-calling match, complete with penis comparisons. Any impartial observer would think the Republican candidates are in serious need of counseling if nothing else.

    by: PermReader
    March 07, 2016 6:36 AM
    Dems demonstrate their bigotry and dumbness by nominating the two (white!) and disastrous candidates against the intellectually strong, racialy diverce Republican ones.
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    by: Anonymous
    March 07, 2016 2:16 PM
    I'm having a hard time seeing where the intellectually strong applies...but anyway....the republicans running seem equally disastrous and demonstrate at times a woeful lack of intelligence...

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