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As Governor, Rick Snyder makes thousands of decision each year but there's none bigger than Detroit's bankruptcy filing. It wasn't a decision he took lightly and, in an exclusive interview with Fox 2's Tim Skubick, the governor reveals for the first time he was concerned about the possibility of civil unrest.

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"It's a historic event that I wish we never got to but we're going to get through this,"

A relaxed and reflective Gov. Rick Snyder will either go down in history as the man who saved Detroit or the man who made the problem worse.

"I hope people view it as a solution - not a new problem," he says.

As the Governor often says, as Detroit goes so goes the entire state. So his decision was not taken lightly to propel Motown into Chapter Nine.

He agrees that was his toughest decision this year.

Fox 2's Tim Skubick asks, "During that decision-making process, did you ever say to yourself, 'I just can't do this'?

"No," Snyder replies. "Because, again, I didn't do it lightly, and, again, I tried to avoid doing it. You saw that for two years ahead of time. But again, part of the commitment I made to the people of Michigan - that includes the people of Detroit - is we can't let those problems keep going."

It was a gutsy move that could have backfired and produce a greater challenge - civil unrest.

Skubick asks, "Did you ever consider that pulling the bankruptcy trigger could trigger civil unrest?"

"I did. And that was a concern. It's still a concern," he admits.  

Skubick asks why.

"Well, because, it's a very dramatic action. But the way I really look at it is this was the right thing to do and I really appreciate the support from a lot of citizens in Detroit," he answers.

With mayor-elect Mike Duggan regaining some authority to run the city, does the Governor believe now that that diminishes the public criticism that he took democracy away from the city?

"I've never viewed it as a lack of democracy. I'm an elected officials that is responsible to the citizens," he says.

Skubick asks, "If the Detroit City Council loses authority isn't that a loss of democracy?"

"To some degree but, again, they still have an elected official that is responsible," Snyder says.

Suffice it to say as this bankruptcy saga unfolds not everybody will agree with the Governor on that.

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