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. Don Davenport

    Mr. Schneider keeps saying Clinton needs to engage Obama, Show differences. If she does the media will be all over her for being negative. And good old Bill Schneider will be the first to say it. She is in a no win situation, In the meantime. Obama takes not stands and agrees with her on everything, but of course he has got more syle.
    Well we are choosing a President not the next American Idol.

    We need substance not style.

    February 21, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. amy uttermann

    The arguement is easy to conceptualize here-NO BERLIN WALL!!! How many years did it take for the world to overcome this folly? Have we learned nothing? Are we going to have armed guards that shoot at a father who wants to visit his child, or a mother desperate to care for ailing parents? I say again....NO BERLIN WALL!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. S Yarbro

    Please let the voters decide. It is very astounding to me how the media tries vigorously to form public opinion. How about asking a regular person who does not need ratings what they think. We need change,,,a real free press...a nation by the "people" for the "people" One nation. Not latino, black, white, asian, inuit, iranian, japanese, chinese ...separated by gender, race, ethnicity, blue states, red states, republican and democrats.

    This is not a hollywood production. It is our lives!

    February 21, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. Cathy Haggery

    Good for these newspeople – actually bringing up what Hillary said about Obama and forcing the issue when Obama tried to politely talk around i. Hillary is on her way out. I used to support her, What is Hillary talking about.????? Who writes her speeches??

    February 21, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. Don

    I have watched every debate of both parties. I have read everything that I have found regarding these campaigns. Why? because I was looking for someone I could support. After all this, I've come to the conclusion that there is noone, NOONE I can support. Senators Obama and Clinton refuse to acknoledge the reality of illegal immigration. They can't even call these people illegal aliens. The fact is that we have to secure our borders. That is FIRST. Secondly, we have to enforce the laws that exist. This is our country. It belongs to the citizens of this country of whatever color or station in life. We have the right and the duty to protect our borders from any incursion by anyone.
    So, can I, will I continue to vote for a Democrat just because I have always voted Democrat? NO. If an independent candidate comes forth that I can support, I will vote for him/her. If not, I will write in Lou Dobbs/ Jack Cafferty. These people can go find another line of work.

    February 21, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. Don

    What about taxing imports to make American made goods more comptitive. This would create manufacturing jobs rather than just service jobs that are the majority of recent job creation

    February 21, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. Shannon from Louisville, KY

    I agree that both candidates for good reason approached the border fence question cautiously. However, I do agree with Clinton when she said that ENGLISH must remain America's first language. I do not agree with Obama saying all students should learn a second language. When Americans move or visit another country they do not expect english to be the primary language.

    February 21, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. Rory Murray

    Stop The Pandering! Most Latinos are AGAINST illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants don't vote! The Undecided & Independent voters are ignored. Clinton & Obama had better hear the "Will Of The People" who want a REAL fence, not a "virtual" one.

    February 21, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Nancy

    So Obama says he inspires us to go out and do something to make our country better...Please...all previous Presidents have said that...oh gosh what a mess we're in if this is going to be our President....and all those college kids in the audience screaming and yelling....I'm changing the channel...

    February 21, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. jeff boaz

    NAFTA came into being on who's watch. How come noone ever brings that up. How can you deny that it was the Democrats the pushed that through and lost all the jobs

    February 21, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. Tamareal

    With respect to the border fence, both candidates emphasized the need to review the current implication of the border fence; both physical and technological. I think this is a good first start, because according to DHS, there are some aspects of the current implication that work and some that do not work, however, it should not take a decade to figure it out, like under the current administration.

    February 21, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. obamarhethoric

    Go Go Go....Hillary...does he need the honor code from any major univ on plagerism????

    February 21, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. erica

    Hillary get over it! You could never match up to Obama words or intellect! You Clinton is what we need change from!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. Chris

    "We should not be spending time tearing each other apart, we should be building America up" This is Obama's way of keeping people from questioning him.

    February 21, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. jeff

    half breed abama an run down clinton dont you know why they left the border fence a lone is because they both need the VOTES if they didnt need them they both would build a border from one end of the u.s to the other.

    February 21, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  16. VinnyC

    They are both going to give away our sovereignty to the Mexicans.
    Neither of them would commit to English as the official language of USA.

    They are both traitors.

    February 21, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. Tom

    The Democrats continue to support positions that pick winners and losers based on special interest.

    Mexican immigrants vs. all other immigrants
    Spanish language over all other languages
    Sub prime foreclosures over all other foreclosures

    What about all people. Quit changing the rules to favor one group over the others.

    February 21, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. Surendra Kamath

    What I would consider an Immigration Reform would be to first seal the borders. Crack down on Employers who are employing them . We need to force that first , statistically show the American people that the influx has considerably reduced and then think about legalising the undocumented workers. Wouldn' t that be the right thing to do.

    About English as the official language well they are talking about dividing the nation by referring that the second language or a foreign language should be Spanish. That's what I understood from what they said.This is a country of immigrants we should not be thinking of giving special status to anybody however big the no. of people in this country are for that community. English needs to be the only languauge that this country needs. Anybody who wants to reside here should read an speak english.

    February 21, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  19. Scott in Tulsa

    Another ridiculous comment by the candidates is the "you can't round up and deport 12 million illegals". Hello....you don't have to round up any of them. Just put in place laws denying them from receiving Federal and state benefits, and putting penalties on employers who hire them. Then they will leave voluntarily.
    It is working in Oklahoma right now. New law went into effect November 1 and it is working beautifullly.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. johnson

    Is this a debate or a bash Bush event?
    Stop the stories and give us your plan!

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  21. Mary

    How about asking the canidates about what they would do about the mexican military coming accross the Texas border????

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  22. Michelle

    Great response Obama! Thank you for waking up the audience! It's definately the "silly season" and the fact that Senator Clinton is accusing him of plagarism over TWO lines is ridiculous. Obviously, she has nothing better to say.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  23. Tom

    Offering a path to citizenship for law breakers is not what the America people. They both must have been asleep when the last Immigration bill hit the Senate floor.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  24. Vicki Jackson

    For several years, the current and past administrations have supported illegal immigrations. Texas has benefited and lost because of the current policies. I think that I am asking when is enough is enough. I think that it is time to close the borders, If you do not support our laws and stop the loop holes, we are going to become a third world county. Please support the current laws and allow us to close the borders. Vicki Jackson

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. Logan

    why dont you stop the moderator from cutting off senator clinton all the time.???????????????????????????????????

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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