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. Del Ball

    This is not a debate but simply a Democratic lovefest that is bashing the current administration. How can we trust Hillary or Obama if they cannot tell us the truth about how they differ?

    February 21, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. peter

    I'm a republican but starting to listen and see what Obama is about. I think Clinton or Clintons are despicable and so anything to get what they want...and what's with her shaking her head while Obama is speaking another tactic such trash thet are (Clinton's

    February 21, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Dave Edmunds

    Someone should have asked the question of the moderator who asked, "Would a bilingual America have a downside," the question, "Would you be willing to go back to your country, learn Japanese, start eating sushi, bow when you greet people and take your shoes off when you enter a restaurant becuase millions of Japanese immigrants to your country wanted to maintain THERE culture?"

    How is this not obvious?

    February 21, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. J. Rochester

    The problem is they flip flop like John Kerry did in the past. They have to make a clear position about where they stand. Its okay to make a change in opinion, but they never ever state what there opinion actually is.

    February 21, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Patricia Fowler

    I hear the oratory abilities of both candidates, and I have watched all previous debates. When is Obama going to tell when he will implement his policies (how many days in office) and also explain how he intends to fund his polices?

    If he wants every child to have a second language in school, how is he going to fund it???

    February 21, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Andre Balduino.

    hink Bill was a great president and Hillary Will be even better! Obama sounds a nice man but He doesnt really know what he talks about!

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. danny claude

    clinton is the leader, obama is a follower,its time that peop;e really see this gefor its to late. i drive a truck, amd all over i here the same thing "if obama gets it they will vote for mcaine or not vote at all"

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. John

    Two pandering puppets if ever there were one. Everyone already learns a second language in junior and senior high school. Just because those to are too dumb to remember high school.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. Rich

    I agree, will we see what happens as things pan out!

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Me

    Will Campbell Brown please provide full disclosure. True journalists would do that. Her husband worked for the Romney campaign and she's moderating a Democratic debate. It doesn't make her unqualified for it, but she should at least be open about it.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. Neal

    Hopefully this is just them playing to their audience.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. Tom Brucia

    Apparently both candidates have been clued into the fact that here in Texas there is (apparently) a lot less anti-illegal immigrant emotion than in either California or Arizona... Refreshing!

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. Brent holt

    Immigration is a tough issue for the U S but not for most other places, look at the policies in places like New zeland, Switzerland, Austrailia, what is wrong with their policies, .....nothing, they just seem to work.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. John from Carlsbad

    I had to comment.

    The portion of the debate on immigration and the outright pandering to the hispanic vote is sickening. They seem like they are literally afraid of upsetting the hispanic voting block by answering a simple question of whether they should pander further to hispanics only in language. They should have said NO, all languages should be taught and not just spanish.

    As a proud American citizen I just hope a third party candidate comes out that isn't afraid of the hispanic groups enough to have the guts to stand up for the American citizen FIRST!

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  15. Byron

    Hillary and McCain both will do the bidding of BIG BIS they'll both do nothing about illeagals in this counrty. BIG BIS wins , voters nothing

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. sal

    Obama looks so inexperienced..looks liek giving home work results after reading a book

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Peter

    Re; The Fence

    Lets see.. which walls have worked?

    Berlin? Great wall of China? Hadrian?

    Nope

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. SK

    The debate clearly shows that Clinton knows much more than Obama. When he does not know or is not sure of the answer he simply ys he agrees with her. He is certainly not a good debator. I fail to see why he is so attractive to voters when clearly she will make a better president. But then these are the voters who voted for George Bush 2 times!

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. Mark

    This debate is very disapointing ... it's more like patty cake. Proves the point that there is no difference except likability and Obama is the winner of that!

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. Native Texan

    Hillary Clinton is winning the debate hands down. She is showing a real command of the issues, she is answering the questions, she is getting the applause from the crod 4 to 1 over Obama.

    Obama is proving to be a total flip-flopper, especially on his position to meet with leaders, and when he tries to answer the question, he either gives a copycat answer from Hillary Clinton, or runs off on a tanmgent and doesn't andswer the question at all.

    Hillary Clinton, by far, is showing that she is the strongest candidate to be President and Commander-In-Chief!

    More debates will only cement this fact for the voters.

    Great job Hillary! Keep up the good work!

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Dave Edmunds

    Sorry, meant "THEIR". . .

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Someone should have asked the question of the moderator who asked, "Would a bilingual America have a downside," the question, "Would you be willing to go back to your country, learn Japanese, start eating sushi, bow when you greet people and take your shoes off when you enter a restaurant becuase millions of Japanese immigrants to your country wanted to maintain THEIR culture?"

    How is this not obvious?

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. Darryl, Arlington TX

    On the issue of Immigration "The Fence " this needs to be built. there is no other way of tracking illegal immigrants. You can't slow down the flow unless you build barriers.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Tell Campbell's soup to shut up
    and let them answer the questions. Man is she annoying.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. susan

    If Social Security and Medicare is cutting back on benefits how can we afford to add millions more to the list as in immigration reform??

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. Joan

    Stop interrupting Senator Clinton! You are letting Obama finish what he's saying. Give the same consideration.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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