Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Republican presidential candidate former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) praised Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) for “stepping up,” after the drinking water was discovered to be lead contaminated in the city of Flint, MI.
Bush said, “First of all, I think it’s pretty clear that when you have local, state, and federal es not talking to each other, blaming each other, no one being held accountable you get this result, it is a tragedy. I admire Rick Snyder for stepping up now. He’s going through the challenge and fired people and accepted responsibility to fix this. This is going to be a long term challenge. It does point out that we’re — we have a 20th century regulatory system on a 21st century world. Someone needs to change how we go about Washington’s role in this where there more accountability and more transparency. So that when reports are done they’re thoroughly vetted. You don’t need an insular regulatory agencies that are blaming each other. That’s what happened in this case and it’s just wrong.”
Host Jake Tapoper said, “I’m surprised you’re praising Governor Snyder. I understand you’re talking about his actions now. A lot of people are faulting his administration for the last two years.”
Bush continued, “Look, I am too. Instead of saying the dog ate my homework it’s someone else’s fault, he’s taken the lead now. I think that’s what leaders have to do.”