Hillary Clinton’s visit to the beleaguered Flint, Michigan, has prompted campaign commercials claiming the former secretary of the state will “save” the city's residents.
In Sunday night’s Democratic debate, Flint citizen LeeAnne Walters asked Sen. Bernie Sanders and Clinton a simple question: As president, will they make a requirement that public water systems remove lead pipes not just in Flint but in the entire United States?
Although Clinton agreed water systems that were unsafe for drinking needed to be rebuilt, she also took the debate to a whole new level. The former secretary of state one-upped her promise by adding she “wanted to go further though. I want us 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 is found mostly in older homes. We will commit within five years to remove lead from everywhere. We’re gonna get rid of it.”
There is no question that reducing risk of lead contamination to such a degree will be amazing but will Clinton really be able to carry out such a huge project within five years? It is quite a tall order, especially for someone who is known for not sticking to her commitments.
A survey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2011, revealed that 37,058,000 housing units (more than one-third of all housing units) contain lead-based paint.
If Clinton thinks she can replace all the lead pipes in the U.S., purify the soil and get rid of lead paint from 37 million houses during a period of five years, it’s obvious she’s getting a little too desperate to win votes.