February 21st, 2008
08:47 PM ET
14 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. Larry Lathrop

    The moderator cuts off Senator Clinton–has not yet cut off Senator Obama–my stop watch says that there is a major difference in the debate...what is going on at CNN?!?!

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  2. Upstate NY

    If Obama can't debate Clinton I can only image how McCain is going to chew him up.

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. L Boogie

    It's not that he's copying everything she's saying, they just agree on alot of the same issues.

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. S Yarbro

    I guess Hillary Clinton's advisers have told her to attack her opponent, I would like to know about her plan and how it would work. How would hospitals be paid? How would hospital personnel be paid? Where would pharmaceutical companies fit in this? Would doctors have the final say in treatment as opposed to insurance companies?

    Be gracious and get down to real business and do not look for audience reaction of hand clapping? Lets be mature! Be presidential!
    Don't snipe at each other. Newscasters are showmen and show women.

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. Michael L. Hayes

    Did Hillary just bring George Bush in on her side? I swear she does not even listen to herself as she talks.

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. Jules

    Seems as though policy issues are quite similar, and the question comes down to leadership; Obama seems to have momentum in getting people involved in their government. I think this may be the key differentiator between the two. Hillary wants to "lead" by doing, and Obama wants to "lead" by doing and engaging.

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. jon

    I sur wish someon would explain how they will cut taxes on one hand and put all these agentson the border and give everybody heathcare. do they have a secret money tree besides my paycheck?

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. beverley manuel

    why is Hillary so contentious,one wonder why she is loosing answer the damm question. i do not like her

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

    IF THEY CANNOT AFFORD IT – OTHERS WILL END UP PAYING THEIR HEALTH CARE

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. betty bishop

    i've yet to hear Campbell Brown stop Obama but constantly stops Hillary . that's why i stopped watching cnn even Olberman and Cooper whom I used to adore.
    The whole media is agaainst Hillary and I resent you all.

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

    They are both only interested in themselves. They'll promise everything to everybody.........for free. Who's going to pay for the billions (trillions?) they've promised? JFK: Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. Sounds like a Republican to me. Do any Democrats understand this????

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. Dan from Northern NY

    This debate shows one simple fact. Obama is the right candidate for the nomination of the democratic party. Hillary is old school and old policy while Obama shows intelligence in his ideas and is the right choice for us.

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  13. JTMartin

    If virtulal fences work that seems to be okay with me. I don't think they are backing away from anything. I want the illegals kept out!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  14. Paula In Tennessee

    Clinton CAN NOT answer the questions in full as long as the CNN corresponder KEEPS interupting her !!!!! The debate needs to be timed.. and not allow Obama interupt without him not being stopped!!!!!! LET US HERE THE ISSUES !!!!!! PLEASE....

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

    Hilary already failed at healthcare. How many chances does she expect to get? She didn't even regroup and try again, she just let the issue dissolve. How important is it to her, really?

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. giavanni giulano

    Health care: Whats the problem the UK has universal health care

    February 21, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  17. Lynne

    Clinton is so superior to Obama in every way....but one. He does have charisma...but she has smarts, knowledge, know-how and is incredibly articulate. He's been stuttering a bit and doesn't seem to have facts about anything, as she does.
    For some reason, even though she looks better than she ever has, she still appears a little off-putting, but I find her more sincere.
    I find her very commander-in-chiefish in demeanor and appearance.

    February 21, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  18. christina meyrovich

    Too much to cover. 1 how do you get jobs in Mexico when we don't have them here. 2 language this is America not ameramexico. Why is Mexico not teaching English to their citizens since many come here! and to be bilingual should that be Japanese ,russian, Chinese, or other major countries?? 3 whats wrong with a fence? it' called a road ,with ports of entry. Little background on me came here from Germany in 1965 learned English before coming here, served in the military for 8 plus years. I had to do it the right way. no one is willing to do it the right way it's all about the vote and telling who the audience is, what they want to hear.. They need to stop dancing around and say the hard cold facts.

    February 21, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  19. L Boogie

    Why does he keep posing all the questions to her? She never answers them.

    February 21, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  20. Neil

    On the issue of English, the fact is that all the other American nations have a national language, including Mexico. Will our country become largely bilingual?...of course. Do we need a common language, just like every other American nation...of course.

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

    Are these the people the left really want in charge?

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  22. brenda

    Is it true that the clintons receive around $10 millions a year from saudi , maybe thats why the coal fields have dwindled. Keep buying that oil keep the clintons rich.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  23. albert

    that's when politicians play their demagogical game called politics. Reword and review the posotions according to the audience.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  24. clinton muehlenbrock

    She is avoiding questions and rudely interrupting with her little last words

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  25. Michael L. Hayes

    The fact that Hillary has experience does not mean it is good experience. Obama has lived a very educating life unlike Hillary's silver spoon upbringing. Now that is real experience!

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
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