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. Stacy

    I lived in Germany when the Berlin wall existed. It covered a much smaller area than our southern border and it had armed soldiers guarding it. Guess what......it still didn't keep people out. They would risk getting shot to get to a free Germany.

    We are all living in a fairytale if we think a border fence is realistic. It sounds great in theory, but in reality it won't work and it will cost billions of dollars. This is a political boondoggle that makes people feel "safer" but is ridiculous.

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

    I disagree with you on your analysis of Sen Clinton's response to the fence question. She stated that both she and Sen Obama believed when they voted on the fence that the Bush administration would put the fence up where appropriate.

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

    Ask about starting the draft so all Americans are involved and sacrafice for the war, rather than just a few returning to combat several times over

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

    After 9/11/2001 we should know who is in this country and who comes here. What is to say with the knowledge of the world that we have an easy way into our country that some terroist won't come into our country with a nuclear bomb via Mexico.

    How is it that someone making minimum wage is going to pay back taxes, and a sizable fine and barely speaks English.

    This is the problem in Arizona. The federal government won't embrace sending them back to their country, but the states and cities won't let the illegal immigrants work.

    Crime is the only thing left or working and not paying taxes.

    Did Mexicans really come here to work as a landscaper, grocery bagger, and a overworked cook? I don't think so.

    Also English should be the language we focus on. Our constitution is written in English and our money is written in English.

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

    I wish the moderators would quit cutting off Hillary before she completes her answers! They are letting BO speak until he is finished! What is the deal here? If you want the people to be well informed then let them both have their chance to speak!

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. Bruno NJ

    there points are very alike they disagree only on small issues... i think that they shoudl just join forces together now that would be a huge team

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

    Both of the candidates keep putting down Bush for the war in Iraq. I want to know what they would have done if they were president on 9/11 when our country was attacked?

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

    Whatever Clinton says that's Obama's position- He's plagiarized his whole campaign. Get Real Obama and all the media that just hugs and kisses you

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

    Hillary is the only candidate AGAIN, that is offering solutions. he is just agreeing that her ideas are his!

    he is always saying he agrees, he agrees, WITH HILLARY!

    i'm voting for Hillary in Pennsylvania!

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

    You can't secure the border without building substantial sections of fence. The US-Mexico border is absurdly porous. Yet both Clinton and Obama are backing off the fence. America needs a safe border to keep drug traffickers and illegal aliens OUT.

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

    No courage, side steps, politics
    I like them both but her more but there is just to much BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. Quick question, when they both say, "I came across a women, 3 jobs school and losing her house", did you try and help her, give her a number, direction to take, all those people working for you, tell them to stay behind a little and help them with your fabulous connections.

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. Ray E Smith

    Someone is going to have to stop dancing around all the questions and give us a straight answer. Come on! The moderators should press them for a straight answer.

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

    That would be suicide if both were to appear negative in the Latino and/or Hispanic filled state they both are vying for. Good game play by both.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. Chris

    If you listen closely to Obama, you quickly realize he is not saying anything at all. Platitude after Platitude.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    hillary is about change she would be the first women president if thats not change what is and she has more experince

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. mary

    I think Senator Clinton is being given much more time than Senator Obama

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  17. Peter Ketcham

    is there a reason that these two refuse to uphold the laws that are already on the books? How can it be that if a person(s) is illegally in this country that they would be allowed to get the education that isn't even afforded to real citizens of this country. And how is all going to be paid for?

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. George in Georgia

    Amyo is right. I caught that inclusive remark also. On the border fence, I'm pained that no mention is being made of the importance of some sort of barrier for national security reasons. I'm pained further that neither Senator is mentioning a fence as our perogative as a sovereign nation.

    ....and for the record, perhaps someone should remind Senator Clinton that Bush's name will not be on the ballot this fall.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. Genia (KY)

    Schneider, after the commentator reasked Clinton if she would reconsider and she FINALLY gave an answer, Obama stated he agreed with her, and then added his additional solutions.

    Clinton is either afraid to give a straight, direct answer, or she just doesn't have them.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. Edward Murray

    After hearing Sen Obama, it seems as if we need legislation defining the very Least amopunt of our earnings we will be entitled to keep; a safe harbor beyond which we could not be taxed. Perhaps we could be guarateed that we can always depend on at least 60% of what we earn.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. CB

    It's funny how she can't admit to the fact that she is saying Obama is all Hat and no cattle or someone who Plagiarizes.

    OBAMA is the best, well mannered, respectful, and onpoint

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. Zack

    Well, i think Hillary has this one, shes been making good statements and good commbacks but Barack keeps ttalking and talking...............

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. M wilcox

    why should there not be term limits on senetors and cogressmen or woman

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. bryen

    Campaigning doesn't just benefit the voters, it benefits the candidates as well. Because as they travel, they encounter more experiences and sights than they would normally have. Clinton's "backing away" from a border fence and stating that more review is correct.

    And she spoke of this not from any racial point of view but from a practicality standpoint. University of Texas-Brownsville would lose a portion of its campus to a border fence. She saw the impracticality of what is to happen with a full border fence.

    Obama however didn't raise such impracticalities that he may have seen during his travels.

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. Hank

    Is it me or is Hillary sitting on stage just waiting to strike? Barack is playing too nice and she knows that if she attacks, she'll look evil.

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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