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. Paizley

    The younger generation will hand this election to Obama. Ignore the polls, because they have ignored us!

    September 12, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. You Go Joe

    I like Joe Biden and that's not bull.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    Joe Biden (even though he's not a woman) rules! GO JOE!!!

    September 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Skates4u

    Duh, what tax returns? Politicians pay taxes? Tell me Senator, do you know what the Bush Doctrine is?

    September 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Selected by hate and division and race card

    All the fools for Obama- taken in by lofty rhetoric...immune to his self-serving self-agrandizing.

    Pretending to vote on issues vs image- yet NOT voting for the BEST CANDIDATE POSSIBLE – HRC.... now demanding that everyone vote for the installed Democratic nominee.

    Time to pay the piper.

    September 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Mikey

    anon September 12th, 2008 11:12 am ET
    does ANYONE base their vote for president on the VP candidate's tax returns?
    Unless there is some sort of major problem uncovered, no. McCain just better hope that Palin claimed the per deim for the 312 nights she stayed at home in 2007. If not, that's tax evasion, and then, YES, WE CARE.

    The 312 nights is telling, though. That means she spent a maximum of 53 nights in the capital – less any time she traveled elsewhere. No wonder members of the Alsaka state legislature have been wearing yellow buttons that read "Where's Sarah" – part time mayor to part time governor – great gig when you can accept a full time salaries and then only give part time effort.

    September 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Paizley

    Any self respecting woman would not vote for Sarah Palin. For a woman to vote for Sarah Palin becuzzHillary was not chosen is like saying, "well you took my shoes, so I'm gonna cut off my legs". Understood?

    September 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. tony

    Nobody cares about what we all think and say on this-
    It's for idiots who want to vent with no facts-
    99% of the people on this will NEVER change their Vote and 99% of the people who read this Liberal Exchange for the most part will not change their Vote either-
    So Vent on DEMS-

    September 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Patricia from Las Vegas

    All due dilligence investigations review tax returns...and much more. If you have nothing to hide, you provide your tax returns. Other industries executives undergo more scrutiny than the presidental and vice presidential candidates. I doubt that either Sarah or John could get a gaming license....where's the integrity? Oh yea, its over there on the Obama/Biden ticket.

    September 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. indy fendi

    Does anyone really call that crazy idea of GWB for preemptive strikes doctrine?

    Except for not knowing what Bush Doctrine was–I thought she held her own pretty well.

    September 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. You Go Joe !

    I like Joe Biden and that's no bull.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. James Lock

    Ya she sucks and she showed it in the interview. I've changed my vote to Obama. We can't have someone like her potentially running this nation. She would destroy it.

    September 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Disgusted in NC

    This is what all the candidates should do – the question is...will Gov. Palin be willing to do so? With her use of per diem funds for sleeping in her own home, I will be most interested to see, 1. If she releases her returns at all, and, 2. If her seemingly endless ability to deceive has spilled over into her payment/lack of income taxes . How many loopholes will we find, IF the transparency that is essential, is actually honored. After all, she is half of a very dishonorable ticket.

    September 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. whatever

    Tax Returns? SNL appearance? This is the biggest news out of the dems. camp since their convention...McCain already won...half the dems are voting for obama...half still screaming for hillary and will most likely write her in on the ballot...any of them left will vote for nader...yes...he's running again...

    September 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Charlene, CA

    Hmm wonder if McCain and Palin will do the same........

    September 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. GARedNeck

    September 12th, 2008 6:45 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Hopefully Democratic politicans will be able to correct any damage they caused by not standing up to the Bush White House in the past. Hopefully American voters will come to their senses and vote to keep another GOP puppet out of the White House, thus allowing both houses of Congress to correct the damage done to America while Bush and his GOP terrorist organization tried to destroy this country: something no outside terrorist organization has been able to do.

    We have to break this cycle of elected officials who apparently want to destroy the fabric of our government from within: the government that our forefathers created. If the government doesn't care for the citizens what good is it?

    I'm not impressed with a president who is mostly interested in deploying our troops overseas to save a people from themselves. I'm more impressed with a president who will take the necessary actions to ensure that the government is looking out for the welfare of American citizens – using every tax dollar it has to satisfy every American's basic needs before we take on the problems of the rest of the world. This is the purpose of the government.

    No one is forced to remain in a country that they hate. If you want anarchy and the "Wild West" atmosphere which the GOP seems to desire, I'm sure there is some place for you, but not the USA!

    September 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Oregon calling

    Nice job Senator Biden
    Obama / Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. lol election

    Good for you Biden. Its good that you got that minor issue off the table right away.
    now naturally it would be in good form for the other side to do the same. This way we won't have the circus of "where's your tax returns?" from spreading all over the blogs.

    Its a good political ploy "i released my returns, and if you don't do yours you must be hiding something from the public that is possible scandal or are ashamed because you lie and cheat on your taxes"

    lol, imagine McCain's with all 9 of his houses on there.

    September 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Willie Alexander

    What's Wrong Now!! Sarah & Palin if you can't take the Heat get out of the Spot Light ! Or if you can't take the Truth! stop Runing for President and Vice President, Palin how can Cry about words you say Obama used at Sarah, Lipstick on a pig, when you your self used the very same word at Hillary Clinton. Oh! yes i can see the CHANGE!

    September 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. JV

    The reason why Biden doesn't give to charity is because he knows the government will take care of it just like it does everything else.

    September 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Excuse You

    Dear "Obama Lover":

    Did you really say your family doesn't want our company, as if we're walking into your living room? This is America, and from one American to another–this is our country too. So, if you don't want our company, you are free to leave the COUNTRY. I have a feeling you won't go far, as this is the greatest country in the world.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Unempressed

    I love how transparents Obama is sometimes... he also shows all his earmarks and where they went, something few do.

    from another poster:
    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

    September 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Olivia

    Careful, all you Obama supporters and your snide remarks against Palin.
    Disclosure of her tax info may be very favorable to her......then what?
    You've already hit her kids, her husband, her father, her hair, her voice, her clothes, her lifestyle, her accomplishments, her efficiency, her integrity, her home, her gender, her education and her republican affiliation.
    I only have one thing to say............
    Ladies, stand up now or never. that voting booth you are the only one that knows your decision.

    September 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Frank

    I bet she'll say "The moose ate my tax returns" !

    September 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Robert

    The Obama – Biden team have a lot going for them.
    A. Honesty
    B. Integrety
    C. Sound Judgement
    D. A Love of our Country
    E. Vast Knowledge of Foreign Affairs
    F. World Wide Respect
    G. Ability to Change Washington and fix our broken down Economy.

    In comparison, the McCain – Palin team are lacking in most of the above quailties...especially the first three.

    September 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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