February 21st, 2008
08:39 PM ET
14 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. Vig

    If Hillary gets elected, she will be loyal and follow through with her promises to Latinos. Obama will not – he just wants to win Texas.

    February 21, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. Mike, MD

    STAND STRONG FOR CHANGE (OBAMA)

    OR

    FALL HARD FOR THE SAME (Clinton)!!!!

    February 21, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. Sharon

    The border fence comes before any of that and Hillary just detailed very well how she would handle it, its pointless to talk about handling illegals until you stop the inflow i the first place. Come in the legal way. I don't hear details coming from Obama on this.

    February 21, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  4. Angel

    Barck Obama position different to Clinton on immigration is the driver license for illegals.

    February 21, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  5. Janine

    I hope they ask about the driver's licenses for the undocumented. Love to see how Hillary spins her position on that in front of the Mexican crowd. Last debate Obama said he was supportive of it whilst she ws against it. And the question about undocmented peoples stealing "blacks:". Obama had the more substatntive answer that the Mexican audience should like whilst Hillary bascially said that that was the case. Not good.

    February 21, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. elle

    Obama is repeating Hillary's comments. It appears he is unable to come up with his own responses.

    February 21, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. steve keck

    Obama brought up a wonderful point with the children and immigration.

    February 21, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. D.

    WHY DOES SHE KEEP SCREAMING?

    February 21, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. Chris Arlington, TX.

    Bottom line. Opinions on who is winning?

    February 21, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. John O'C

    Amazing that in all her years in the senate, it took the present Texas primary for her observe the border security problems first hand.
    Some coincidence.

    February 21, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. Laurie Dell

    Hillary is definitely winning this debate, thus far.

    February 21, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  12. amyo

    Absolutely right. I'm not surprised this issue came up due to the debate being in Texas, but I'd like to hear of more "sticky" issue between the 2. This is one where Hillary and Barack are relatively similar on (minus the driver's license thing). Obama is getting stronger now and I'm glad. I agree with those who said he was stuttering a bit in the beginning. I still support him and will never vote for Hillary.

    February 21, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  13. JB

    The headline at CNN.com says 'Obama/Clinton' Don't Hug.

    So what? When did CNN.com become US Weekly? Got any room for real reporting here?

    February 21, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. arold

    hillary can't learn to speak another language – or manage her money or be the president. she encourages people to become bilingual – but that's something she has said she can never do.

    February 21, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Casey

    They are playing it safe.

    February 21, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. Sal

    Please ask Campbell Brown to stop cutting Sen. Clinton off. She is clearly finishing her comments, and Campbell jumps in before she finishes the last sentence and cuts her off. It is inappropriate and rude.

    February 21, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  17. Alan

    Yep. all of our candidates are for open borders. Path to citizenship yes, close the border, first!!!!

    February 21, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. rina

    Clinton has all the right answers. Obama was smart going second because he is following in Clinton's answer. He unfortunately, does not have original ideas!!

    February 21, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  19. Kyle

    Good. Ethnically-European Americans have no moral right whatsoever to complain about illegal immigration on a chunk of land they committed genocide in order to steal.

    February 21, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  20. Rich

    Oh course they're not drawing contrasts on policy. They both agree.

    The question is getting it done. Obama offers leadership and Clinton offers administration.

    He is the new Great Communicator and she is the Great Administrator!

    Actually it would be perfect for he to be a President in the mold of Ronald Reagan and she to be a Vice President in the mold of a Dick Cheney - only without the Darth Vader part.

    February 21, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. Satish

    Both pandering to Latino votes a non issue in the primary.

    February 21, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. Parag

    Again Hillary has got better solution and concrete one.

    February 21, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  23. lynn

    how about releasing the two Border Guards

    February 21, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. Johnathon

    I agree to give citizenship helping people to pay taxes in this country, I do not agree that this should be a primary subject that our candidates are focusing on. We should be staying on the economy. Yes Immigration is a problem, our hospitals suffer but I do not believe in denying anyone medical help, this is where global healthcare will become important. I agree that immigrants should have to learn English as this is our country's primary language and has been for as long as I can remember, my parents can remember, my grandparents can remember, you get the point.
    Why should we change our language to make people happy, when it should be a requirement to learn the English language to become a citizen, and to get into the US.

    February 21, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. Isabel

    It's interesting to watch along with the "live reaction". All answers by both candidates are scoring between 50-70 with very little variation. It seems like the 'undecided voters' CNN is using don't see too much of a difference, either. No good shots yet.

    February 21, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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