September 12th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden releases decade of tax returns

(CNN) - The Obama campaign posted the past 10 years of Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife Jill's tax returns on its Web site Friday.

UPDATE: Asked if the McCain campaign will release Sarah Palin's taxes, an aide said, "of course we'll release them...on our timetable."

More: Biden tax returns revealed

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  1. ned

    The only words i want to hear from obama's mouth are "I concede".

    September 12, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Cyrus K.

    To Scott Tuscon who wrote:

    "I'd like to see Obama's list of Islamic donors, might prove interesting reading." Islamic donors, do you mean American Muslims? Or "Islamic donors" are foreign Muslims? First of all, there is no such thing as a "Islamic donor". They are called "Muslims" and not "Islamic". But I am guessing you are too ignorant to figure that out.

    Secondly, by law, no campaign can receive donations from foreign/non-American donors. So, neither McCain nor Obama has received any.

    Thirdly, if you are implying that Obama has some secret connections to the "Islamic donors", you are nothing but a fool and a hate monger.

    American muslims have the right to pick a candidate and donate for him. If you think that millions of law-abiding American muslims don't have the right, and they are all secret terrorists, then I think your citizenship should be revoked and you should be sent to a secret prison in Saudi Arabia.

    September 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Carl Justus

    I bet that McCain and the republican lobbyist who are running his campaign will not release the even the last five years of Palin's tax returns much less ten years.

    September 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Dianne

    Palin needs to put her tax returns out to the public.Then we may see about what she claim as Per Deum from tax payers for staying home.

    September 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Beth, OH

    GIBSON: What if Israel decided it felt threatened and needed to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities?

    PALIN: Well, first, we are friends with Israel and I don't think that we should second guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves and for their security.

    GIBSON: So if we wouldn't second guess it and they decided they needed to do it because Iran was an existential threat, we would cooperative or agree with that.

    PALIN: I don't think we can second guess what Israel has to do to secure its nation.

    GIBSON: So if it felt necessary, if it felt the need to defend itself by taking out Iranian nuclear facilities, that would be all right.

    PALIN: We cannot second guess the steps that Israel has to take to defend itself.

    Puppet-Parrot-Palin for President!

    September 12, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. FactCheck

    Let's see,that's 312 days worth of "per die" that were claimed during 19 months in office. Were taxes paid on any of it? I guess we'll have to wait and see ...

    September 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Bob

    Disappointing. That much income, and Biden's gifts to charity are negligible to say the least. I make about half of what they do, and gave nearly $7,000 out last year. He runs less than $500 for 2006 and previous.

    September 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Cathy

    This just shows that Bidens are just and average couple. Yes they may make a little more money then the average couple but not much considering one is a US Senator and the other is a college professor.

    September 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. FactCheck

    > Palin spent about $114,900 traveling in 2007, versus the $516,600
    > Murkowski spent the year before

    Is Murkowski running for Vice-President? Is he on the campaign trail making himself out to be a "reformer"? Is he spreading lies about the bridge to nowhere? I guess you have to cling to something when logic doesn't bear you out.

    September 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Baze

    Great move. Let's see if the "original mavericks" are truly the responsible spenders they claim to be.


    September 12, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Jeff

    Lets hope that Obama doesn't decide to attak him on his tax returns, otherwise that may backfire too. When Obama tries to attacked the other candidates, he opens his mouth and stupid falls out. He brought this up only to be clobbered with his own record. And considering how short his records is, it's kind of stupid for his campaign to attempt to paint the Republican ticket with a brush that can be turned on him. This is just another example of bad judgment. Obama needs to open his eyes and focus on the issues otherwise we will be stuck with another Republican administration.

    September 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Gaven

    Show your tax returns. Why didn't McShame ask for those before.
    This liar will hide her tax returns. May be moose ate them.
    The press must go after these two – Palin & Cindy.

    September 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Biden's a loser and his tax returns prove it.

    Hillary was more qualified says Biden.

    Obama is not ready to lead says Biden

    I agree with Biden

    September 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Cindy

    When should we expect Sarah Palins and her hubbies tax returns???

    September 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. GRACIE



    In separate filings, the state was billed about $25,000 for Palin's daughters' expenses and $19,000 for her husband's.

    Daughter Piper, Age 7 Charge YOU the Taxpayers $11,000
    Daugher Willow, Age 14 Charged YOU the Taxpayer $6,000
    Daughter Bristol, Age 17 Charged YOU the Taxpayer $3,400
    Palin's HUSBAND Charged YOU the Taxpayer $19,000
    Gov. Palin herself Charged YOU the Taxpayer $93,000

    This is just in TRAVEL charges being charged to the TAXPAYERS. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE PER DIEMS being charged by every member of the Palin family for staying at home, hotel rooms, misc. Incidentals, not covered under the "Official State Business" policies.

    Flights topped the list for the most expensive items, and the daughter whose bill was the highest was Piper, 7, whose flights cost nearly $11,000, while Willow, 14, claimed about $6,000 and Bristol, 17, accounted for about $3,400.

    One event was in New York City in October 2007, when Bristol accompanied the governor to Newsweek's third annual Women and Leadership Conference, toured the New York Stock Exchange and met local officials and business executives. The state paid for three nights in a $707-a-day hotel room. Garnero said the governor's office has the authority to approve hotel stays above $300.

    Asked Monday about the official policy on charging for children's travel expenses, Garnero said: "We cover the expenses of anyone who's conducting state business. I can't imagine kids could be doing that."

    September 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Independent from GA

    As someone who is not a registered democrat, this is another reason why I should vote for Obama as president. This is very honest of Joe Biden. That takes a lot of gut and honesty to let the whole world see his tax returns. It says a lot about character here.

    September 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Rick

    Since Palin has been a VP candidate a week less that Biden, let's see what we get by next Friday. But of course that won't be good enough for the obviously biased media and most of the posters here.

    September 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Piero

    Good move on the Obama Camp's part. Now the onus is on the McCain campaign to release theirs...

    Like John taking Soc Security payments while he is collecting his Senate paycheck.

    September 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. read the fine print

    I wonder if Charles Rangel prepared them

    September 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Robert Goldstein

    Charlie Gibson mistated date of so call Bush Doctrine and referenced it to Iraq for some reason. President Bush declared this doctrine in
    Sept 2001 immediately after 9/11. Mr. Gibson with his professorial look referenced the date 2002. Get the facts straight when asking the questions please Mr. Gibson.
    Robbie Goldstein

    September 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Toni

    Now release yours Palin

    and by the by, you need a refresher crash course on forein policy because you skirted around the questions last night

    September 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Debbie Joyner

    Did anyone go and look at Biden's tax returns? I checked out the last two years:

    2007 – $319,850 income – charitable gifts $959 (only $500 in cash)
    2006 – $245,000 income – charitable gifts $450

    Wow those Dems sure do care about the common man –
    They're really generous with your money, but I know folks making minimum wage that are more generous with their money!

    September 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. SNL

    McCain just hit a flat tire on CHANGE when hiring long time lobbiest William Timmons. "An old stinky fish wrapped in a paper of CHANGE still stinks!"
    I hope SNL will use the lipstick on the pig and the old stinky fish jokes/

    September 12, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. leapfrog

    Why are we talking about this? Why isn't CNN discussing how ignorant Caribou Barbie sounded on the interview last night? The Bush Doctrine, indeed. That can be summed up with the phrase, "Shoot first, ask questions later."

    September 12, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Joe

    It's easy to see from these CNN 'Ticker' Blogs that Obama supporters are a hateful bunch.

    Does anybody want a bunch of political hatred like Obama fuels in the White House for four years?

    America will prevail, and Obama will go back to Chicago.

    September 12, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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