Exclusive one-on-one with Gov. Snyder on water crisis - WNEM TV 5

Exclusive one-on-one with Gov. Snyder on water crisis

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Gov. Rick Snyder was back in Mid-Michigan on Monday. He started his trip with a stop at TV5’s Ronnie Duncan’s apartment to answer questions about the water crisis and fill up his water jugs to continue his pledge to drink Flint water for 30 days.

In the exclusive one-on-one with Ronnie Duncan, Snyder talked openly about the personal impact the crisis has had on him.

“I’ve beaten myself up, so this isn’t a theoretical question. This is a real question. And I still have moments where I go back and do that. But in the end, that doesn’t change the reality of today. That just meant hopefully, I’m human, and smarter and wiser in the future. Not to do, you know, to learn something from that. To ask more questions or to take a different path. But otherwise, yeah, you just bring yourself down and I have periods where I get very down about this," Snyder said.

The governor also understands people are angry about the situation and he understands that. He said he needs to press ahead to resolve the issue and learn from the situation.

He said the situation has given him a different perspective on life.

"How fast things can change and how dramatic things can change. Um, you've gotta learn about yourself and I appreciate the great support from my family through this," Snyder said.

He said he has a loyal group that is working to solve the water crisis with him.

Click here for the exclusive 1-on-1 interview.

Snyder also answered questions about what's next in the plans for fixing the water crisis. After leaving the apartment, he took questions from other reporters at Blackstone’s Pub and Grill in Flint where he filled up more water jugs.

The governor said he hopes legislature will give the OK this week to provide Medicaid to people in Flint 21-years-old and under who may be suffering from effects of the lead in the water. See the question-and-answer session with reporters here.

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