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. richard


    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. Stag

    How can there be any such thing as "inamite domiane" when it comes to building a wall along our national boarder. Wouldn't the land where the boarder lays belong to the Gov. not farmer john?

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. Jack

    So far I have not heard a straight answer. Especially when it comes to immigration. Remember the movie RED DAWN, people think its just a movie, until realality hits them in the face. Mexico is unguarded because of the lack of border guards and illegal immigrants are taking advantage of it. These politicians are so afraid of hearting the illegal immigrants feelings that nothing gets done and the rest of us hard working americans get the short end of the stick.

    February 21, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Jay Chamberlain

    Are you kidding me? I cant stand to hear Obama speak....its the same ole same ole. I am sorry but the man scares the bejesus out of me. Its like he as a cult following like Jim Jones or even Hitler. He doesnt not have plans, he has no actions, he is all rhertoric and its shameful. Hillary is experienced and has weathered many storms and hear this...if Obama receives the democratic nomination, talk about crossing the aisle, I will vote for McCain.

    February 21, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. David Maestri, AR

    Obama and Clinton are almost exactly the same on every aspect of their campaigns with minor differences. I was just wondering how everyone feels about them as campaign partners. I think which ever candidate wins the democratic endorsement, should take the other candidate as their Vice-President, because they would know the other candidate would fulfill the plan that each other have set up because they feel the same about the topics. Just wondering how the candidates and everyone else feel about that.

    February 21, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  6. ADBenson

    This debateshows the glaring problem these two candidates have,particularly Hillary Clinton. They're just too much alike on the issues! I believe,as Donald from Butte does, that if Hillary doesn't hit hard and score tonight its over for her. I personally, since they are so much alike, would go with experience, and support Hillary as the candidate, but she must find a way to stop senator Obamas runaway train!

    February 21, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. Gaye Botello

    I would like to know why the U.S is helping Russia to improve
    nuclear security for them? when we have Americans who are loseing
    there homes, older American's who can't pay for medican they have to have to help them stay in some kind of health? Also would like to know
    why Congress voted them self a raise when most of us american's
    can't even put food on our table's for our childern? Haven't you heard of the working poor? just look around you right now.

    February 21, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Clinton looks sooo up tight and talks nonstop interjecting all she has accomplished at every opportunity even when it is not involved in the question being asked of her . B. Obama seems very relaxed and confident and answers each question and does not rattle on and on non stop. He seems more composed wthin this debate.

    February 21, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. Dan from MA

    She has the guts, and the strength to get the job done! She understands this issue, and he just agrees with her! He quotes a lot of people, but she offers a REAL plan to fix the problem. We don't need a commander in chief who quotes other people-- We need some one to GET THE JOB DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Once again, an underqualified man is stealing ideas from a smart, capable woman, and pretending their his own!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is this a change i can believe in?

    February 21, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. R. J. Ament

    It's clear that both candidates are courting votes.......and don't want to antagonize anyone.......and these are two Senators who should have been active on this issue all along. Considering that we have a Democratic party majority in Congress, I see no change forthcoming because no one presently in Congress has any guts or the capacity to bring the legislators together in a plan to secure our borders, stop illegal immigration, and end the growing economic burden on taxpayers that the social ramifications of illegal immigration is causing.

    There will be no change!!!.................neither of these people can deliver what they are promising!

    February 21, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. Joan

    Obama agrees with everything Clinton says.

    February 21, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  12. Bobbie Cook

    Neither one is saying a lot but I think Hillary is not doing that good. They both agree everyone should learn English but are against it being 'the' official language of this county...WHY?

    February 21, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  13. Heather

    Why is she yelling... she is not clear in this issue.. she is being very political as usual..

    February 21, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  14. CeCe


    February 21, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. alison

    Obama has a greater broader grasp of every issue

    February 21, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  16. JayCeezy

    They both voted for a fence. But neither one of them wants to offend a Texas Latino, so they are dancing away from it.

    February 21, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. S. Holt

    I was very happy to hear Senator Obama share his views of NCLB, which has been bad for all children, HAVE left children behind of all racial groups. I did teach in the public school system for 37 years and I know what NCLB has done for the educational system – nothing.

    February 21, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  18. Marilynne

    Why does Obama think that HE can unite everyone? That is so arrogant...the republicans live to fight democrats at the cost to our nation.

    February 21, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. Joan

    Obama is extremely nervous!!

    February 21, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  20. Frank Jasiulewicz

    I think if the democrates are going to support a second language in America it should be polish. There are a lot of polish people here.

    February 21, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  21. Cathy Haggery

    Hillary got booed when she talked about Obama's plagiarism. I guess she has to try to beat him down any way she can but the boos she received should tell her to not go negative – people are tired of the blame game.

    February 21, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  22. thomas adams

    Senator Obama came out sincere in his goal of improving the lives of the average American people and economically, he has concrete probable solutions. Hillary repeats Obama's words and ideas each time it's her turn.

    No wonder she is losing, she has no original ideas and she is so stiff and her smile is so forced and not real.

    February 21, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. Kathy

    I say Hillery should be president and Obama vice president for the first four years, then they can switch. They both agree on so many issues let's be done with it.

    February 21, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  24. Robert

    Why don't we solve the real problem. Help give Mexico's government the ability to provide their people with a reason to stay. In addition, if we build a fence, people will just bring a ladder or a shovel and go over or around it. I have two dogs that have figured that out in my back yard.

    February 21, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. pabby


    February 21, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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