February 15th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama backers suggest Clintons lack candor, resist disclosure

Obama supporter Bill Bradley identified full disclosure as an issue relating to the Clintons.
Obama supporter Bill Bradley identified full disclosure as an issue relating to the Clintons.

(CNN) – Three supporters of Sen. Barack Obama took the opportunity, in a conference call with reporters Thursday, to suggest Sen. Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton have not been candid with the American public.

Texans “are gonna want people to shoot straight. They’re gonna want straight answers,” said Texas State Senator Kirk Watson.

Citing Sen. Clinton’s latest campaign theme focused on ‘solutions,’ Watson also said residents of his state are going to asking whether Clinton’s health care plan is actually offering solutions or, instead, raising more questions – including how Clinton would enforce the individual coverage mandate in her plan.

Asked by a reporter about an ongoing issue regarding candidates releasing their tax returns, former U.S. senator Bill Bradley linked Sen. Clinton’s refusal to release her tax returns with her failure to disclose what the individual coverage mandate in health care plan would cost.

Representative Jim Cooper of Tennessee followed Bradley saying memos relating to Sen. Clinton’s earlier effort to reform health care during her husband’s administration also have not been disclosed.

“And, as long as we’re on the issue of full disclosure, President Clinton also hasn’t revealed who were the contributors to his presidential library while he was still in office,” added Bradley.

Texas is set to hold its presidential primary on March 4 and Clinton must do well there to keep alive her bid for the Democratic nomination. In 2006, Texas had the highest rate of uninsured residents of any state in the nation, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Sen. Clinton has recently sought to contrast her health care plan with Sen. Obama’s during campaign stops and debates. Former President Bill Clinton also attacked Obama’s health care plan as inadequate while in Texas Friday.

The conference call was held on the same day that Clinton released a new radio ad in Wisconsin touting her health care plan. Wisconsin holds its presidential primaries on March 19.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. joe

    obama needs to stop hiding behind people and his wife and

    oprah and learn how to be a man about what he stands for...hillary is

    more a man than obama....

    hillary 08

    February 15, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. thomas Obama

    Don't forget you need Clinton's supporters to win the general election too!!!

    If you hate so much Clinton so I don't see why Clinton's supporter vote for
    McCain.

    February 15, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. stacy

    does this not identify Mr. Bradley as a former senator, also what does Jim Cooper know?

    February 15, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Alice

    Backer "SUGGEST" the Clintons lack candor? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!! That has is one HUGE understatement. The Clinton are notorious for a lack of candor with incessant comments like "I don't recall" being used routinely.

    February 15, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Concerned Voter

    Give me a break, Obama and his haters are relentless. If you don't stop being so overwhelmingly and relentlessly hateful to Hillary you will never, never, never win over her supporters if by some awful chance you win the nomination.

    February 15, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. Jules

    Obama and his supporters will never win with Clinton devotees who can't see past the ends of their noses. If he strikes back at her false and misleading garbage, they cry "Oh, what happened to change we can believe in and bringing people together.?" If he doesn't respond, it's "He's too weak and unseasoned. He'll never survive the Republicans." Just like their candidate, too many (but not all) Clinton supporters talk out of both sides of their faces.

    February 15, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. John in Columbus

    ummmmm Mike, did you even read this story or did you just read the headline and jump right down to Leave Your Comment? Because if you actually read the story your comment makes very little sense.

    February 15, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. v.ananthan

    Thank you CNN for gathering all the support you can get for OBAMA............

    I am impressed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ONE STRAIGHT QUESTION:

    OBAMA ON IRAK WAR:

    RIGHT OR WRONG IRAK WAR IS A FACT........

    WILL OBAMA BRING THE TROOPS BACK BEFORE THE JOB IS DONE ?

    February 15, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. Gary

    Why dont Obama show his returns.The only thing Hillary wants is the debates. Obama dont want them ,because he cant take reality being face to face . Obamas followers are just wrapped up in his cheap talk ,but no action. Dreams,glamour and rock bands are not enough to run this country. He dirts Hillary because ,thats his tatics. The only attacks she does is in return from him.She is stronger and can take more critisizing than him.Hes slammed her since hes been in the race. Obama has got you believers buffaloed. You act like hes God.Just remember that talk is cheap.He can do the talk ,but will never beable to do the walk. Go Hillary

    February 15, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. mm

    So Obama would be right from day one? What if he is wrong, would he resign for running on false promises. He is not averse to taking support from people who voted for war just because they support him. If your supporters support the war then you are also for war. When an ex general like Colin powell can be made a fool by the president and most of the senators too, why pick on Clintons vote? I am sure, if Obama was qualified enough to be the senator at that time, he would have been absent. Iran revolutionary guard vote is the proof, where he placed his own personal ambitions above the security of the country and then he has the audacity to pick on clinton for that vote. At least Clinton was not as irresponsible as Obama by totally ignoring a very important security issue. BTW, among all presidential hopeful senators at that time, Obama was the only one missing in action because he wanted to become the president.

    February 15, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    Who cares, anything is better than what the USA has now-JUST GET THE BUSH'S OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND A DEMOCRATE IN. I don't even care if it is Obama or Clinton, anything is better than a ignorant, self-serving piece of crap like Bush. Concerning the health care proposal, it would be nice if everyone in the world could be covered by medical at a low cost, EVEN IF THEY DON'T WANT IT NOW. They can keep the coverage they have within their business they work at or take an options plan. What I don't like is the idea that millions and millions of people are not going to be covered under the plan of Obama. Those will probably be the people that will be having the babies, breaking their legs. getting HIV, having strokes, ect.

    February 15, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. Got Experience?

    Wow this sounds like lots of negative attacks! So Obama bloggers- is this kind of negative attack okay (since it doesn't come directly from the big O himself?!) . ALL of the campaigns are doing what is best for their candidate. Let's get real and stop glorifying Mr. Obama.

    February 15, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. angry person

    AND AS FOR YOU OBAMA OR WHO EVER THE HELL YOU'RE BETTER WATCH OUT. i HOPE YOU'RE NOT PLANNING ON MAKING THAT FAT OPRAH THE VP.SHE WILL BE GLOATING OVER THAT AND GAIN AN ADDITIONAL 300 POUNDS

    February 15, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. Flo

    Who in their right mind would vote for Obama. I think this man has brainwashed many people by using the word Change. Seems to me I heard those same words from Bush. Does this sound familiar? Read my lips....I am all for change. Yeah, sure, he sure did change everything didn't he from a wonderful economy left by The Clintons to a world where we are in a recession. I say wake up America, and put Hillary Clinton back in the White House where she belongs. I will stick with someone who knows what she is doing and will bring America back to where it was in The Clinton Era.

    February 15, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Angela

    It seems like it is ok for Obama to run ads about Hillary's issues on Health Care and other topics, but when Hillary runs ads about Obama's issues she is running attack ads. That is what this race is about, is to open peoples eyes to the truth. There is nothing wrong with Hillary running her ads. And, if people want a "super star" for a President they have serious problems.

    February 15, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Crystal in CA

    Gary:

    Obama has disclosed his tax records. Try and keep up, ok?

    February 15, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. Steve

    Full disclosure, please.

    February 15, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. Jim

    Obama tries to act squeaky clean. Change? All I have to say is EXELON corp. Do people really buy into his rhetoric about change and a new direction? He is a politician!! If Obama is the nominie, just wait the republicans will have a field day and we will be stuck with another 4 years of the Bush policies with McCain as president. Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. We already know the faults of the Clintons so there is nothing new the republicans can use to bring Hillary down. Obama on the other hand...we'll just wait. If he wins, you'll get change alright, the wrong kind of change!! Put aside your personal feelings toward the Clintons and think about who can best get this country back on track in the right direction. I am sure that if you put aside the pep rally excitement and really give it thought you will vote for Hillary Clinton. Enough said...

    HILLARY '08!!

    February 15, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. anon

    First of all, 2007 tax returns aren't due until April 15th, 2008, and to top that off Americans not expecting a big refund or with income other than W2 wages tend to file extensions making the due date October 15th, 2008.

    I'm sure Obama is talking about the 2006 tax return but his supporters don't seem to know the difference between a 2006 and a 2007 return. Arguments tend to sound more intelligent if they contain correct information.

    That said, I care less about any of the candidates tax returns – what are we going to do vote for the one with that paid the most tax? Or maybe the one that took the least Schedule A deductions? (to be clear, yes that's sarcasm) I'm sure all of the candidates used CPAs that were smart enough to file the returns correctly and with no "gray area" risks.

    February 15, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. applecrispbetty

    Before the job (Iraq) is done? Ever heard of Vietnam, folks? Some of us didn't learn our lesson about civil wars from that experience, apparently.
    58000+ Am lives wasted. Now 3000+ Am lives wasted. (Not to mention the local folks.) It improves our security not one bit since Saudi Arabia is the real enemy, not Iraq or Iran.

    February 15, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. Manuel in TX

    I wonder if Bill Bradley typically discloses his tax returns. I'm guessing not.

    I agree that for full transparency Hillary should disclose her taxes.

    I also agree that Obama should not duck a debate in Wisconsin...since there has only been one debate that featured the two lead candidates exclusively.

    February 15, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. justakid

    I love the way she hasn't been to wisconsin, and is pretendind to care about them, haha, wisconsin is not delegate rich, she however has a right to keep her tax returns private, but who already doesn't believe she makes more than an oil magnate. Even if Obama is hot air, id rather put my life in his hands than in HRC's, i mean, who doesnt get a chilling feeling when you look at her facial expression, and the way she pretends to show emotion, even whilst hugging bill, (how many women has he cheated on her with?) which woman on the face of this planet with her level of success will still be hanging around? I am no economic or political genius, and they both can argue about healthcare, or iraq for all i care, one things for sure, senate/congress will also have a say, as we dont live in a dictatorship, i look at the charachter of the person i choose to represent me, and im sorry HRC is a serpent in the bushes, while BO is the diamond in the rough that needs polishing.

    February 15, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. Utenica Lady

    It is amazing how this campaign effects everyone and reduces humans to bickering with one another. Good points are given for both sides. I'm still trying to decide who I want to vote for. I seen a brochure where Obama was speaking to the Native American audience, the background was beautiful clouds, the people were below and he was in a white shirt. Do they think we are that naive to think Obama is the Savior? When Obama was behind, their campaign was coming up with amazing attacks on HRC.

    February 15, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. kent

    With the predominating attitude of negative attack to protect self, pervading its national politics, it is no wonder that this same attitude is pervasive in the international politics of the USA in protecting "American interests."

    February 15, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Sue, Michigan

    The media is just playing on this "Clintons attack" crap. Obama is doing just as much attacking, and once again, gets a free ride. No wonder Hillary has to keep hammering questions at him-the press won't do their job.When will the media begin to really scrutinize every little thing he says? And when they find the skeletons, will it be too late? I'd rather have the garbage out there now, when the Democrats can judge fairly, than after someone is nominated and the Republicans can spin it into a loss. Come on, CNN, play fair!
    And while you're at it, could you spend one little column on the impeachment process working its way through the system? Or do you think we're more interested in every word out of a candidate's mouth? We're not.

    February 15, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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