February 21st, 2008
08:39 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Immigration reform not a risk in the fall

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - Clinton and Obama are calling for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and comprehensive immigration reform. This will play well with the Latinos voters they are courting, and it isn't likely to pose much of a risk in the general election.

Why? John McCain was a chief sponsor of comprehensive immigration reform legislation. He will have a hard time using this issue against either candidate.

Related: Watch Obama and Clinton debate immigration reform

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. chris

    Universal Health Care will bankrupt the country. There are too many people for the government to insure. So they both want to fix the economy but also give out health insurance. The only way to do this is to tax people so much that they can't afford to go out and spend money, make their mortgage payments, run up their credit card debts. So both plans will be more detrimental to the country than benefitial.

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




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

    It is disturbing to think of Hillary as the Commander in Chief or our military. What is this experience that she claims to have to be ready on day one? She had a disdain for our fine men and women in uniform during her time as First Lady, and now we are supposed to believe that she suddenly has respect for them?

    February 21, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. Stephanie

    We do not want universal health care in the USA. Ask any European or Canadian about their healthcare - the Canadian's, where able, will travel to the US and pay for care. I speak from talking with friends in Canada.

    Personally talking about universal healthcare, these two who have their own funds for healthcare, is disingenuous.

    I find them both inept.

    I voted for Bill the first go round.......against him the second; voted democratic the first Bush....and republican the second term I am not a party, but a people voter.

    These two have made up my mind: I will vote for whomever is nominated by the Republicans in the November elections.

    February 21, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  5. george t

    they dont want to miss out on the latino votes that all they want to do they will do nothing when they get in there as usally....

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

    Neither of them are listening to the American public. The majority of Americans want the borders shut down and ALL illegals deported.

    These two will sell our country down the river.

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

    I have been watching the debate for the past 1+ hour and how anyone could think Senator Obama is more ready to step up to the Presidency than Senator Clinton is totally looking at Obama from an emotional viewpoint rather than listening to what they are saying.

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

    The Minneapolis fatal school bus crash was caused by an ILLEGAL ALIEN who had been convicted before for driving without a license. Four children died!
    A sanctuary city, in 2003, the city voted to bar police from asking about immigration status or enforcing immigration laws. The mayor, R.T. Rybak, even asked federal agents to stop wearing vests labeled “police.”

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

    Hillary Clinton a leader on homeland security. Like I have said before, stop focusing on the Mexican border and start focusing on the much more porus and more dangerous Canadian border.

    Chris Yoder
    VMI '07

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. Gbenga

    If the experience Hillary has before voting for the war will count, why can't she vote right the first time.

    Experience in my opinion makes you see the hidden danger in a situation and not rush you to overlook it.

    My thought is that she might be making a lot of day one mistake, that she will at the end say if she knew what she knows after leaving office she wil do otherwise.

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

    they are answering-If your not hearing --your not listening! The problem is she don't shut up an she rudely interupts the commentary-and so they never get any where! Her fault, not his. We want to hear more and she just doesn't shut up! she doesn't have a better health care program-Now she says she won't garnish wages-–and before she said she would garnish wages! Ahe just fliped flop---as she did on Immigration and the fence!

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. Claude Willis

    On illegal immigration, I that the way to stop illegal immigration is to put pressure on the Country of Mexico and the leadership of that Country to improve the wages that people receive in that Country from their work (receive at least $6.25 per hour) forty hour work week, labor laws, children labor laws. enviromental laws and etc. Until this is done, there will be illegal immigration, no matter how many fences we build or anything else. The citizens of Mexico has a right to make a reasonable living like the rest of the industrialized world.

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. JC

    So you want more change...7 years ago we make a change...remember george baby? he was an agent of change...look at the results.

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

    I don't know if I missed anything but did Hillary Clinton's vote tip the scale for war against Iraq. Was her vote the one vote that made the most difference. And was Obama, as a state senator, given the same information as Mrs. Clinton was given or was he speaking for a personal point of veiw?

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  15. Myrna

    Obama is the leading supporter of the U.S. MILITARY. We saw how the former Pres. Clinton treated the military, Hillary is all talk regarding her support, she doesn't believe it herself...........

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. BCU_UCF in Florida

    Clinton making a point about Obama's choice to use parts of his friend's speech marginalize the actual concerns of every day Americans. I am most interested in why our economy is failing, why working Americans cannot afford healthcare, why most people are paying over $50.00 per week to fill the gas tank, why more and more Americans are losing their homes and according to news reports this evening now automobiles–which may be a blessing in disguise given the cost to fuel them. Let's not reduce the issues to who borrowed 2 lines from a friend who suggested the 2 lines be used. Let's try remaining focused on what is important to Americans. Don't Placate the American people. Respect us by speaking to the issues that have been pointed out abundantly state, after state, after state.

    February 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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