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Chelsea Clinton campaigns for mother in Flint

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The former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, was in Mid-Michigan on Friday.

She was in Flint for an update on the water crisis and to campaign for her mother. She told residents Hillary Clinton would be in Flint's corner if she was elected.

Chelsea Clinton first met with religious, local and federal leaders behind closed doors where she was briefed about Flint's recovery.

"My mother has made clear that she personally, publicly, is committed to help Flint for as long as Flint needs our help," Chelsea Clinton said.

She said her family is committed to support Flint's fight for safe drinking water.

"My mother has been raising the alarm about Flint for many months now," Chelsea Clinton said.

She reminded people in attendance her mother helped establish Flint Waterworks, a program that gives young people in the city jobs as the recovery continues.

"We knew we had people in the community that needed to be a part of the healing process and the rebuilding process," Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said.

Congressman Dan Kildee said work continues on the federal level to attract funding for Flint. He blames Republican leaders for stalling it.

"Republicans should just say what is it about the people of Flint, or in this community, that somehow distinguishes them from other communities that have seen the federal government come to their aid in their moment of greatest need," Kildee said.

Chelsea Clinton said that's exactly what her mother is fighting for.

"Are we really in the business in this country of determining which of our children deserve emergency relief when there is an emergency," Chelsea Clinton said.

She also stopped by Flint's DNC headquarters where she spoke to volunteers and members of the UAW Local 651.

"We're all trying to get Hillary elected," said Bobbie Weatherford, Clinton supporter.

Chelsea Clinton promised her mother is committed to help Flint and to make sure no other city faces a similar crisis.

"If we root this conversation to what's actually at stake and I think everything is at stake, if we actually talk to people about what matters for their lives, their children, our families, our future, we will win," she said.

Kildee said her visit to Flint speaks volumes.

"Not only does it say they're going to be with us to try to fix the problem and have the policy to prevent this from happening everywhere else, but I think it provides moral support for a community that really needs to get the sense that we're not alone," Kildee said.

The Michigan Republican Party issued a statement about Clinton's visit.

"Clinton's refusal to address the concerns of Michigan residents is disturbing. While she rarely shows up and usually only for high priced and secretive fundraisers... Donald Trump continues to share his vision with Michigan voters," the statement read in part.

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