Economy at center stage as Dems prepare for Flint debate

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FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. listens to concerns about contaminated water during a community forum at Woodside Church in Flint, Mich. Flint, a majority-black impoverished community in a state run by Republicans, has become a dominant issue for the Democratic candidates before Tuesday’s primary in Michigan, so much so that they will return to the city for the seventh Democratic debate on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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By NANCY BENAC and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The economy is taking center stage on Sunday when Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debate one another in Flint, Michigan — a city already in tough shape long before residents learned their drinking water was tainted with lead.

The Democratic candidates are facing off just two days before Michigan’s presidential primary.

They’re eager to highlight their differences on economic policy: Clinton claims only she has a “credible strategy” for raising wages, while Sanders is hammering at her past support for trade deals that he says had “disastrous” consequences for American workers.

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