February 21st, 2008
08:47 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Clinton, Obama back away from border fence

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - CNN's John King asked Clinton about a Senate vote that isn't likely to play well with the Latino community: her support for a border fence between the United States and Mexico.

But Clinton quickly reminded voters Obama also voted for the fence. She doesn't want to be on the losing end of this issue.

Does she still continue to support a boarder fence? Clinton didn't really say: her position seems to be that after a careful review, it may work in some places. She is clearly backing away from this vote.

Meanwhile Obama quickly said he agrees with Clinton on this issue, and that fences may work in some areas.

Neither candidate wants to be on the wrong end of this hot issue in the Latino community.

Related: Watch Clinton and Obama discuss a potential border fence

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. JT

    Make no mistake, Hillary always know where to go. She is a politician and a smart one. She always has an answer and 9 times out of 10 it's the RIGHT answer. That's why Obama is repeating everything she says.

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. erica

    She always sounds like she is yelling! She still has not answered why Obama is not ready, but she is?

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. David

    I don't understand why CNN would screen and block my genuine comment that we need a border fence. It is sad to hear both Clinton and Obama back away from building a fence that protects our citizens from drug traffickers and illegal immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border-especially away they both voted for it previously.

    Note to the moderator: Why would you screen these comments?

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. CurtSurg

    When you're the Champ (Obama) you dont have to throw too many jabs...just dont get knocked out! When you're the challenger (Clinton) U have to "convincingly defeat" the champ....She (Clinton) hasnt done that!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. Marge

    How come for the most part the questions come to to Senator Clinton first? Senator Obama just "amens" everything she says. He says he would not be running for president if he did not think he was competent? Its called raw ambition!

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. Noreen

    If a poor Mother who didn't feel she could afford health care found out she had cancer, would she then have to pay a fine for not choosing health care in the beginning?

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. madear

    Re the virtual borders. How will they man it? Homeland Security is going nuts trying to find border patrol officers now.

    Question: Did I miss something, or were not the Clinton's responsible for NAFTA in the first place.

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. Dan

    Clinton needs to prove why she is electable, not why Obama isn't. She comes off sounding weak when she tries to drag people with her.

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. frank

    she her has not said anything that increases her campaign.

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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