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. Jan

    I thought this was a primary debate between these two candidates yet it seems they basically agree on everything. What is the difference between them? We already know their positions as to Pres. Bush and his administration, but we wanted to know, and hear from them, the differences they have with one another. I am learning nothing except that they are the same.

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. A Time For Change

    I like how Obama stated he wanted to give everyone a higher education (he really is looking towards the future). This is important to our future.

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. Bob Stephens

    Why won't the CNN People ask the candidates about the NAFTA Superhighway that is going to be built though Texas?

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Pat C

    Isn't this always the case. Seems to me the one item left out is the cost to the America tax payers.

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. C. J.

    It seems to me that the best answer on this issue is to coordinate with the border states to offer solutions that work. Why not provide grants to states to build physical fences or electronic measure that deter illegal crossings in certain corridors? The bottom line is, what works in one place may not work in another, and the states should have imput into the solution.

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  6. Dean

    i would like them to show the people that have had their property taken away for this fence, back these things up with facts. I would love for them to talk and highlite the local sherrifs along the borders that our dealing with the Mexican Mob, military and drug dealers crossing the border into their towns and they are left to take care of it

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. alexfromaustralia

    He just did it again!! Attack Hillary for asking 'where the beef' – as opposed to asking Obama to address the charge ??? Unbelieveable.

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. Elaine O

    I do not want to hear SPANISH in a democrat (AMERICAN) debate. The spanish-speaking "Judge" should NOT be part of this debate. He has his own agenda. Look at the question he posed about "...is there a downside to bilingual..." OF COURSE THERE IS. This is America and we speak ENGLISH. If they don't want to learn English and be part of America, tell them to stay in Mexico. We DON'T need them. This is a TRAVESTY on the AMERICAN people. Shame on CNN for allowing this!

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. Cph9680

    What is a "boarder fence"?

    February 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. Louis Johnson

    Clinton again spends more time potificating instead of answering the question.

    February 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. Darryl, Arlington TX

    The fence needs to be built.

    February 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Stephen

    He is Presidential.

    February 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Dude

    Hillary should stop the lying and just hang it up. Become a true democrat and go after the republicans. Show her loyalty.

    February 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. Clarence

    I agree with Chris!

    February 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. aleman1219

    the us couldn't afford the fence even if they seriously wanted to build it. the only way to deal with the illegals is to slap hefty fines on the employers of illegals

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. BJ

    If Obama were to be elected anything...it would have to be VP. He seems to coy everything that she says.

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. David

    Hillary,
    You just lost my vote...
    You are going to freeze intrest rates for 5 Years?
    5 years?? The president can now freeze interst rates?
    Are you smoking what your husband was?

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  18. John from Carlsbad

    Sickening!

    We need to secure our borders. They seem to fail to realize this simple fact. They want open borders and that is sad because that fails to prioritize America and American citizens.

    I doubt they will even talk about the highway being built in Texas now. SAD!

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. Robert

    Question to both. What is your position on abortion?

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. amyo

    I agree, Chris. Boring!! However, John King just asked Hillary the question that will get this going.

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. johnson

    Is this a debate or a love fest.
    So far nothing but agreement and
    "I voted with or agree with.."each other
    What is up?
    The people want to hear just why they should
    vote for either one...
    Or is this a co-pres.debate?

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. L. Gage

    Will you please ask Campbell Brown to please quit interrupting Sen. Clinton every five seconds. I don't seem to notice the same tone with Obama. Could this be a woman thing Campbell?

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. Andrew from Alabama.

    Bill, who is that lady asking the candidates questions? She's a whole lot prettier than those Fox News girls.

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. Michelle

    This is the second time Senator Clinton backed away from a previous decision. This is why I can not support her. We need a President we can trust after what we've experienced under the Bush Administration. Being "ready on day one" is not always the best if she's previously shown she's a little too quick to commit to a position which she later recants.

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. ed roane

    Bi-Lingual Education is a failure.

    They both seem to think it works.

    Wow!

    February 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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