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. CeCe

    O was not going to admit that he voted for the fence bill also....but of course Hillerey let everyone know she was not the only. Go HIll

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

    On health care, what about relief to the hospitals and care facilities that are mandated to provide services to illegals who have no intent in paying for the services.

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

    When might I be able to expect that the CNN moderators will be done with their moderation procedures on the several comments I have attempted to post??

    February 21, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. B.B.

    Border Control is necessary to all countries. A fence is too expensive when we could hire the Returning Local, Unemployed National Guard Members, who have been doing Armed Police Duties in many foreign countries to Guard our Border. They could also stop illegal contraband and criminals in both directions.
    English is necessary as a Primary Language in our country, just as Spanish is in Mexico. When we go there we should hire a interriperter or speak the language. Yes, both countries should teach a second language but what other language is they decide to learn. It should be any other language that they may need to communicate with another country.

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

    Dude, you are full of crap...You are so dumb go hang out with BUSH in IRAQ you little ho...You have no idea what you speak of piece of trash..Latinos are going to be your neighbor in several years...becareful what you say...You may be mowing their yard..punk

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

    Obama doesn't understand about health ins. the people that don't have insurance are the ones that get medical attention for free and that is what drives everyone's premium rates and medical costs higher. And why would they want to pay for ins. if they get medical care free

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. Lena

    Clinton is so rude to both Obama and the moderator. If she can't fit in her time frame, she just disrespects and talks OVER the moderator, where Obama if feels pressed for time, always mentions in advance that he is almost done "in conclusion", etc.
    Then, Clinton is occusing Obama of Plagiarizing words, but she has so many faults of her own that he rarely brings up in order not to make the debate about them,b ut about the people!
    It's so obvious that Clinton smile is fake and superficial! How can we have a fake woman in the office who only cares about what will get her to Washington?

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. P. Traxler

    I think Sen. Clinton's Nixonian meanspiritedness was clear both when she mentioned the Chris Mathews interview and when she reiterated her belief that Obama was plagiarizing in the speech where he echoed the words of his campaign co-chair. The American people don't like this kind of politics, and they don't like this side of Sen. Clinton. It only makes us believe that if she gets into office we will see a return to enemies lists and secret vendettas. I think she shot herself in the foot both times tonight.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. linda

    Why are some more concerned with Hillary "yelling" than the substance of the debate. And what exactly does "looks presidential" mean? Because he his a he? and she is a she? Are we judging them on who acts more like their gender? Come on people.....it's 2008 and women don't have to be demure! Go Hillary

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. Stephanie

    Clinton gives eloquent, specific answers and then Obama restates everything she said. He uses her answers as a springboard for his own. He spends lots of time talking about the problems, but has very few original ideas or solutions.

    Hillary is the better canidate. She has a realistic grasp of the issues. She sees the problems and is able to develop workable solutions for each stituation. Obama is still stuck in the "seeing the problems" phase and spends most of his time making sure we all see them too. Not something that leads me to "change I can believe in" at all.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. russ

    if they don't want a fence to secure the border, then the first fence to go should be the one around the white house.

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

    If you want to live in this country and be part of society, learn english. We are dumbing ourselves to death with political correctness. I about fell out of my chair when the moderator said there will be 130 million hispanics in this country in the future. Someone better step up to the plate and stop this madness.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. BillK

    I thought building the fence was the LAW !!!

    Just another one to be ignored.

    February 21, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  14. CeCe

    OBAMA = VP

    February 21, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. Bebble

    Obama can't put 2 complete thoughts together and carry them thru.

    He just flipped on his "affordable" health care to Clintons "universal" health care.

    He'll make a good VP; then President.

    February 21, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  16. Leigh

    Clinton still looks desperate. I don't want to here anymore about experience because experience has been in the White House and it has done more harm than good. She lost my vote when she started balling! How predictable is that?

    February 21, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  17. IG

    Obama is on fire tonight...he is doing great! He is on point, explaining all of his SOLUTIONS clearly, and countering all of her arguements

    February 21, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  18. chitowngal07

    I love it!!! He finally has been forced to speak up rather than chant< CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE!!!!! How can he honestly say that he is going to change all of the politics in Washington. The only way for him to do so is to have his own party and have him run it and then he could only change his party not every politician in Washington.........

    February 21, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  19. Lena

    And once again, she is not playing by the rules!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  20. M. Chiarenza

    The plagiarism accusation is absurd. Clinton should have distanced herself from it.

    February 21, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. Preciliano Gallegos

    Neither Clinton or Obama positive answer to the immgration problem.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. L Boogie

    Hillary has a lot of nerves. She has stolen so many of Obama's lines that it's pitiful. He started the change thing. He was the first one to say that we need a president that will be ready on day one and she has stolen all his lines, but she wants to throw out the plagarism thing. She needs to stop hating

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  23. David

    I have a ladder that is taller than your fence.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. Yolie

    I think Obama is doing a great job. They are similar in policy issues; I believe Obama will come out ahead.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. Carol Lacefield

    I don't want to see them go at each other, there will be enough of that when the Republicans begin attacking the winner. I agree with CJ that some things work better in some states. I wish everyone who voted early would have waited until this debate was over. They both miss John Edwards, notice that?

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
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