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. Ronald in B.R.,La

    She does'nt know where to go on the issue, that is why she was yelling.

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

    Hillary should have reminded everyone that he did too! He should take responsibility for his actions!

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

    wait.wasn't his question was whether or not she would reconsider the fence or work to finish it and not about the measure they voted for.

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

    I'm an AZ resident and Napolitano's virtual fence seems to be working very well and there is no ghastly looking (Berlin) wall along our southern border. I think both candidates are right that we need to leave that type of decision up to state and local gov't.

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

    I like both their answers until it came to the English Language being the offical language. I strongly disagree with Mr. Obama on REQUIRING English speaking students to learn a second language. As we've learned from No Child Left behind this brings disadvantages to many schools for a variety of reasons. I have a disabled child currently struggling to learn at the pace the school had to set for no child left behind. A second langauge would be impossible. This requirement would disenfranchise schools with a higher amount of learning disabled children, due to enviromental issues, funding, and alot of other extenuating circumstances. If Enmglish is the official language there should be no requirement, it should be decided by the schools ona state to state or even county to county basis. Not mandated, because again w've learned bills like this and No Child Left behind hurts the children that need the most help into forcing them to achieve goals beyond their reach.

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. craig

    clinton absolutely answered this question, do you not listen and only write something?

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. obamarhethoric

    Interesting Cambell coinues to refer to Senator Clinton as Hillary and Obama as Senator...also he hasn't been interrupted but Clinton has been cut off several times....PBS should do all debates!

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. Kenna

    That's a BORDER fence. A boarder is someone who pays to live with another person/family - "board and room." Although, considering that the people coming across the border are living here, and in a sense paying for their board and room with work, perhaps the spelling is an apt double-entendre.

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. nan riley

    i see hundreds of latinos working the welfare system amoung other things what would to fix this extremely abused system?

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. John Lawrence

    Another opportunity to try and get the Latino vote at the expense of our nation's security.
    Build the fence or move our nation's capitol to Mexico City!

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. Janice

    I agree with Senator Obama that everyone should learn a second language I don't agree with the idea by inference that that language should be spanish. We have immigrants from many countries. Spanish speakers should not be more welcome than others. We are an english speaking country. Everyone should speak english. What ever other language others choose to speak, for business or cultural reasons, should be equally respected.

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. Donna, Antioch TN

    He is not answering the question or rebutting HRC

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  13. lloyd williams

    Build the wall. If an attack by terrorists results from the border on Mexico, then you will hear many scream for the wall. It will happen and crisis management is what finally moves politicians.

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  14. Mr Gigler

    Because she is yelling! She always claims to be different but when asked to provide specifics about how she is different she is unable to do so. She rambles on in her never ending attempts to get free TV time because she is out of money. Hillary is a done. Hillary lacks the common sense and good judgement to lead me anywhere.

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. Bill

    COURAGE is a nice word, and words to mean something, and actions do to when there is integrity. When will either of these two be courageous; they are very good at spreading a lot ......words.

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. rina

    Doesn't Obama have any of his own ideas???? He's running on Clinton's coattails!!

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Noel McGinn

    I think both candidates missed an opportunity to analyze the problem of immigration, rather than just reacting to the problem. Current concerns about immigration are a relatively new phenomenon, at least during the past 35 years. An analytical approach would ask what has happened that so many people from Mexico, Central America and South America want to come to the United States and are willing to rish their lives. Analysis would remind us, for example, that the big wave of immigration from El Salvador came about as a result of the civil war there. The analysis could then turn to why there was a civil war, and what the US role was in that conflict. Immigration from Mexico increased dramaticlaly after NAFTA was put into place.

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. sandi

    please use spell check , it's border not boarder

    go back and revisit what he said about the english/second language – i heard him say something that was interesting, but not in place with what he was attempting to say

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. Nick in Las Vegas

    To be a sucessful President you must be a smart politician. You can't achieve results by speaking of them alone. Voting against the fence would have painted them as liberal among conservatives and if either of them wants to win the general election they need to seem at least somewhat moderate.

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  20. Terry Smith

    I am a teacher who has watched this system turn from educating kids to turning them into test taking robots. NCLB has no regard for the humanity of the kids, does not take into account that they are developing human beings, not containers to be filled with homogenized, standardized facts. NCLB has turned creative teachers into stressed out data collectors – a shame and a tragedy for education and our culture. Which candidate will scrap this destructive political process?

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. Hank

    The border fence is a stupid idea and they both know they agreed with it for political purposes

    Obama for President!

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  22. Louis Johnson, Lake Spivey GA

    A"Actions speak louder than words"... campaigns are about words. Americans need to ask the question, "Who do you believe based on their history?"

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. rdrnnr

    Just goes to show you that Obama plays follow the leader with all his responses. The man has no orginal thoughts. He has done nothing but take all of Hilary's ideas and CHANGES them to be his.

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  24. Nancy

    Obama does well when he's making his speeches because he's memorized it from others. He does not do well with these debates..he's uh uh uh

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. Walt deFaria

    Schneider seems to be watching a different debate than I am – they are both making points but it is clear that Clinton thus far has made him change his view on foreign meetings and has equaled or bettered him on other major points.

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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