Kasich criticized for not mentioning Sebring during GOP debate

Kasich criticized for Sebring water issue

DES MOINES, IA (WOIO) - Did Ohio governor and presidential hopeful John Kasich drop the ball during Thursday night's GOP debate?

Some critics say yes.

Governor Kasich was asked about the Flint, Michigan water crisis and responded but never mentioned the water crisis in his own state.

"But the fact is, every single engine of government has to move when you see a crisis like that. And I've had many situations in the state of Ohio where we've had to move, whether it's storms, whether it was a horrible school shooting. There are many crises that come -- a water crisis in Toledo. You've got to be on top of it. You've got to go the extra mile. You've got to work with local communities and you've got to work with the federal government," said Kasich.

Kasich did mention the Toledo water crisis from 2014.

Sebring is dealing with a water issue right now. Schools in the Mahoning County town closed for three days over high levels of lead in water samples. Officials in Sebring say seven of 20 homes where the water is routinely tested showed high levels of the contaminants.

Officials began Thursday handing out free bottled water to affected customers in Sebring.

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