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. Luswei

    She sounded like she was yelling.

    February 21, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. Chris Stewart

    This is the most boring debate ever!

    February 21, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Donald, Butte, MT

    Goes to show you there little difference in the two - style and procedures is the only difference.

    However, if she wants to continue this campaign she better go for the jugular vein or its over tonight!!

    February 21, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. amyo

    I guess you have to side step around certain issues. However, it would be nice if they had the courage to answer the question. Of course Hillary reminded everyone that Obama voted for the fence, too. Misery loves company.

    February 21, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Janine

    The Border fence is stupid. You would have to build a gigantic wall over the entire border and that would cost billsions and be a waste of time.

    February 21, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    go OBama!!!

    February 21, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. Vig

    Clinton takes the lead and Obama becomes a bobble-head.

    February 21, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Bob G.

    Madame President – TEAR DOWN THIS WALL !!!

    February 21, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. ww-New York

    Clinton is the one who said she has "all" the solutions so I wouldn't expect her to be agreeing with Obama so much!!! Hummmm what's going on!

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Kim in Columbus

    Obama's pointy claw is making more points than he is.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. CeCe

    Hillery is the better of the two. She knows more policy issues.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. John, CO

    I really hope this debate becomes more than a Latino lovefest.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. Jason

    Why was the question directed at her and not him...They vote the same they feel the same...Interesting debating questioning

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. JenniferJ

    They both handled it well because neither wants mud on their face.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  15. Parag

    Come on guys....Say, u need a fence to enforce law. What's wroing with it ?

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. Clarence

    No choice here. I ALWAYS considered that a BAD vote for OBAMA! Still, they both voted for it, so it was a mute question! Each has to tip toe through that mine field!

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Jim

    The fence is necessary for all and should not be just a latino issue.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. Vic

    Hill speaks first and Copy Cat Bama copies it !!!

    I want Obama to answer the questions first and see how he handles

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. Dude

    That Hillary sure can back pedal from her limited record when she is forced to.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. Dr Roy Creasey

    Bill, I did observe that Senator Clinton provided an example of the "dumb" policies (at UTB), but did not hear anything from Senator Obama.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. alexfromaustralia

    CNN continues to be so blatantly biased against Clinton that the debate is very hard to watch. Why did John King single out and attack Hillary for her vote on the fence and her potential change in position? Obama cast the same vote but King – even in follow-up – didn't press Obama on the point. This allowed Obama to step in, sweep aside the core point (are you changing your mind?) and look like the hero. Come on CNN and John King, you have more integrity than this ?

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. Jeff Shepherd

    I just posted this under the previous comment, but you move to fast for me to keep up. Anyway...

    We might as well call this thing the "Great Wall of America." I think of it as absurd. I understand the concerns of those in border areas for safety, but come on...

    If we were to, as Senator Obama wants, make legal immigration easier and more efficient, the incentive to illegally cross the border goes away and so does the need for a fence!

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. Isabel

    I have to agree this is pretty dry. I would have though there would be more fireworks, both are playing it very safe.

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. Chris

    Where is the money going to come from to support the "High Tech fence." If you both talk about reducing spending.

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  25. M

    Give Obama the questions first. He just waits for Hillary to answer and then repeats everything she says. This speaks to his incompetency!

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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