November 1st, 2007
09:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Clinton hits a bump?

CNN's Bill Schneider takes a look at Clinton's debate answer on licenses for illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON (CNN) - CNN's Bill Schneider takes a look at the politics behind offering driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, and reports the issue has caused a headache for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Ryan, Boston

    Wait a sec...Hillary actually gave an answer and sided on something?! She must be getting desperate to do more than just smile, fake accents, and accept money from Communist China.

    November 1, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Steve Wittlake Blaine Washington

    People forget insurance is required
    to drive autos and standard insurance requires a history of driving experience which illegal aliens do not have. Non Standard insurance is extremely expensive and it is doubtful illegal aliens can afford the price of non standard insurance which would mean who is going to pay for the accidents they get in. If they get in accidents they will just flee the country leaving a series of injured people behind. Who is going to pay the bills for the injuries committed by these illegal aliens.

    November 1, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. John

    I badly want a Democrat President in the White House in 2009, and I fear supporting illegal immigration is a losing issue in the general election. Moderate Republican and Independent voters – and you need them to win the general election – do not want to encourage or reward illegal immigrants (driving is a privilege and not a right). If Iraq has calmed down and continues to improve (relative as that is), US involvement there will not be the same or as big an issue next fall – however, the illegal immigration problem will still be with us and growing. Senator Obama's primary season support of more benefits for illegal immigrants will not help him win the presidency if he's the Democratic candidate.

    November 1, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. AJ, King George VA

    If any presidential candidate or congressman even proposes drivers licences to illegals, they might as well quit their jobs. Illegals have no rights until they become legal period. WE THE PEOPLE means WE the LEGAL CITIZENS of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. We also stand for GOD AND COUNTRY.

    November 1, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. roger, conway sc

    Listen to the sound bite....the attack dogs (Edward & Obama) made a mountain out of a mole hill...I still will support Hillary in 08

    November 1, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. therealist

    Clinton hits a bump???

    No, no Clinton protectionism here. Move along mindless sheep..

    November 1, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Ladies and gentleman, Hillary had her "Dean" moment and the real race begins.

    In one swipe she hurt herself, helped the other Democrats and gave the Republicans the "wedge issue" that they so desire.

    November 1, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. ZackaryQuack

    Hillary doesn't support a secure border with her actions.

    November 1, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Flagship, Hartford, CT

    Most people do not want illegal immigrants to get licenses until they are involved in a car accident with one who does not have insurance or a license.
    This is a SAFETY issue and a FINANCIAL issue. Right now, they do not need a license because they are driving without one. An illegal immigrant could still be deported even with a valid license. We need to think logically.

    November 1, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Darko, New Orleans LA

    Get rid of the illegal immigrants and this issue goes away.

    Root-cause always trumps bandaids.

    November 1, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. phil margate fla

    the issue of holding back the records till 2012 is a cover hoping people will forget her mistreatment of white house staff that would have made leona helmsly look mild

    November 1, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Jerry Denver,Co.

    Hillary wants to grant the privilege of a drivers license to illegal alien criminal lawbreakers......that's plain CRIMINAL. Anyone who votes for this Arkansas hillbilly is contributing to the demise of this once great country.

    November 1, 2007 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Jean, Des Moines, Iowa.

    Senator Clinton definitely lost my support when she sided with ILLEGAL immigrants getting driver's license and all the other issues leading to making them "legal." Illegal is illegal and when our borders are wide open to anyone who can cross them anytime they want and then grant them all the privileges of American citizenship, is wrong. What about the people who are waiting all over the world to legally immigrate here that want to become worthy American citizens? I was alternating between Senator Clinton and Senator Obama. Senator Clinton has lost my vote. Now I am waiting on Senatory Obama to clarify his stance on the illegals. He may also lose my vote. I am not alone – I have talked to several Democrat friends and acquaintances and they feel the same way I do. This is a serious issue not to be decided by pandering to "future voters" or the corporate world that endorses the illegals. Also, what about the ACLU? When did they stop being the AMERICAN civil liberties union and become the illegals civil liberties union?

    November 1, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Kate, Aurora CO

    As well it should. Over 70% of the state she is supposed to be representing opposes this atrocity. She needs to listen to the voters who put her there and stop pandering to the socioethnocentric activist groups. The majority of Americans understand "Illegal" means against the law. Instead of issuing drivers licenses why don't we start mass deportations? The current administration says to do so would cost billions of dollars but we (the middle class tax payers) are paying billions of dollars to provide free education, free healthcare, and public services to people who have entered this country illegally. Shame on Ms. Clinton for not taking a devisive stand and admitting illegal immigration is a crime and therefore should not be rewarded.

    November 1, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    Next to the war the biggest hot button issue is ILLEGAL immigration.

    Go ahead Dems – keep supporting ILLEGAL immigration and watch your quest for the White House go down faster than a Clinton intern.

    November 1, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. joseph, austin, tx

    you cant reward illegals with the priveledge of driving. Giving them a license, will not do anygood, they still wont buy insurance and they are some of the worse drivers, even worse then most of us. When they hit dont expect to recieve anything except an invalid phone number, I hate GWBush for making people think he is from Texas and alot of other things, but I wont vote for anyone who is going to pander to these illegal immigrants (both canadian and mexican).

    November 1, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Tom, New York, NY

    Again, no thinking in response to a question by some of the candidates.. instead, react based on your emotion...if you really think this issue through, as Hillary said, the idea has some merit (as people have already mentioned... safely issues... financial issues, etc...) but she was not ready as of the debate night to determine if she supports it or not since she had not enough time to analyze it to come to an educated, non-emotional decision....but instead, the commentators want an "emotional" decision right then and there and when she wouldn't give that to them, the other candidates jump on her to say she cannot lead??????????? okay, guess people like Obama and Edwards don't want a leader who thinks... just acts on emotion....

    November 1, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. RightyTighty

    Obviously we are destined to have another Republican president in 08. I do love Hillary and her media dominions…

    November 1, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. sisca,nyc,ny

    this is nothing but trying to make immigrants atleast those who can vote for her...It is out people looks like she hit the bumb and she is pregnant with presidential greedy which will get aborted anyway!

    November 1, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Lost faith in system

    What politics are there to debate? they are illegal, period. Deport them! Come here legally, just as my fathers ancestors did from Europe and my mother did from Germany (and learned to speak/read/write the national language) or don't come at all. Illegal means Illegal, not open to discussion.

    November 1, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. James, Phoenix AZ

    Why does Hillary & Co want to give away benefits BEFORE solving the problem?

    Illegal aliens ARE NOT legal citizens! At least they do not qualify for US Citizen rights. Any attempt to legitamize illegal aliens is opening the gate for – drivers license, healthcare, welfare, etc.

    In THIS country – people should be required to HONOR the laws before being rewarded with benefits!

    November 1, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. Chip Celina OH

    Sure, sure. Let's not consider them ILLEGAL ALIENS, let's even dispense with this phrase UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS. Why not use the term DIPLOMAT? That way, in an accident, they can claim diplomatic immunity and we have no problem. Just file a claim with the embassy or consulate and it willall be OK.

    Plus, look at the augmentee corps we'd be creating in the state dept to pursue 'vigorous diplomacy'!

    November 1, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Hil'ry hit a bump? Considering the American People overwhelmingly do not support her recommendation of handing out drivers licenses like Happy Meal toys – I think Hil'ry hit a wall.

    November 1, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Biggdawg, Chicago, Illinois

    Why is the focus on Hillary? Dodd was the only one on the stage clearly opposed to this notion. Hillary straddled the fence at first and then conceded it wasn't a good idea. Obama actually said it was the "right idea". And Edwards didn't raise his hand when asked who among the candidates oppose this idea.

    So how this gets hung on Hillary is a mystery. She simply said she understood the governor's dilemma, but she wasn't an advocate of the approach.

    November 1, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Zeus Racine, WI

    As a former life-long Democrat, recently registered as an INDEPENDENT, I must tell you that I will not vote for THE HILLARY!

    She does, in fact, support ILLEGAL ALIENS!


    That is why I am no longer a HILLARY supporter or a DEMORAT!

    November 1, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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