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

Obama backers suggest Clintons lack candor, resist disclosure

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(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. justakid

    ps, i also forgot to add, that the only kind of experience that counts for the oval office, is actually being president. Afteral Kobe cant say he has experience of being a Coach, or can he?

    February 15, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Rick

    hillary oh hillary, debate debate, so what happen with you and the debates when chelsie was brought up. why should he debate with a person who has smoke screened everything she has said, also having chelsie campaign for you, does that make her open to critism also.

    February 15, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Jack from WV

    I recall hearing Hillary asking what Obama did about putting food on their table or gas in their tanks, all good questions; however you should recall that New York use to have manufacturing jobs, use to. What did Hillary do for them nothing Up State New York has high unemployment and what has Hillary done for them supported NAFTA wow that’s helpful isn’t it now.
    The Clinton’s haven’t released their income taxes because they are still trying to play the numbers game like always. When Bill left office we were told we had a balanced budget and when Bush came into off the first thing he did was give back to the people the surplus the Government had, that was according to Bill but they found out Bill was good playing the numbers game and we were actually still in the red, wow never say that coming! 8 years of Clinton’s in the White House was enough for me, all the lies, and yes the Grammy “it depends on what your definition of is, is” sorry this just doesn’t float.

    February 15, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. Jess

    He has shown his returns. PAY ATTENTION!!!! Also, they have had 18 democratic attacks!!!! 18. He agreed 2 more before March 4th. Get with it.

    February 15, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Reco Davis, Atlanta

    I can't believe HRC supporters have really drank the Kool-Aid this easily.

    Answer this. Why doesn't Hillary just release the records?

    As far as experience...Hillary has a lot of it...a lot that she won't release to the public.

    ...And if anyone in here is seriously for "mandating" health coverage, including for people who don't want it or need it, you are frankly delusional. Please prove me wrong.

    ...And if you're not seriously poor, or a government handout seeker, or a lobbyist that she can help, you really shouldn't be voting for her period. Name one good reason why. I dare you.

    The real populist in this campaign is Mike Huckabee, but too many of you can't see past the silly subterfuge of abortion rights and gay marriage.

    Hey, and I'm saying this as an Obama supporter.

    Obama '08

    February 15, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. Mako

    Future prediction:

    Clinton vs McCain = McCain
    Obama vs McCain = Obama

    There are more independents and republicans who are willing to cross the line and vote for Obama. I am one of them. However... there is way too much negativity and bad blood with Clinton that many of us will not cross that line if she is the choice for the democrates. She may have more "experience" than Obama, but that "experience" proves she's not someone who will get the job done. She's had her chances to prove herself and failed when she was in the White House for the first time. Plus... many of us do not want to see Bill in power again. Sorry to point out the obvious.

    February 15, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Janelle

    Gary, for your information. . . Obama did release his tax returns, last year!!!!! Research your questions first!

    February 15, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. Barbara T, Long Beach Ca

    I am a Hillary supporter not because she is a woman but despite this, she has strong credentials, experience, intellect, most importantly she presents us with detailed plans for our country on how she intends to solve our overwhelming issues. I am also not niave about her short comings – her temperment and her womanizing pig of a husband – but we should not be selecting a president based on the "baggage they carry" but on their ability to lead to solve our problems and to give us the change we all so desperatley yearn for from the Bush regime. Before I decided to back her I did extensive search on Obama (yes, I was almost a bama grupie too-thank goodness I did not listen to the Jim Jones drink the coolaide sermon and all will be right with the world) – I have strong concerns about his attachment to the Trinity United Church of Christ and what they preech; to me it smacks of racism and racism whether it be white aganist black or black against white (yes, america- there is a Black vs White theology circulating); he also lacks substance and most importantly he lacks experience to be our leader in troubled times. Never as a nation have we ever been in so much turmoil; can we as a nation gamble on just hope at this time or is it safer to get someone who will get us out of this craziness...Obama can take over after Clinton- this will be a great time for him and he would have also gain critical experience. When G.W. Bush was asked about his lack of experience especially about foreign affairs when he was running his response was "I'll get qualified people to run the issues – I do not have to be an expert -and I'll be in touch with them constantly" we all know how that has worked; but when Obama was asked the same – he repeated the same answer... once again I ask you want 4 yrs of oh my God we should have voted the other one in or do you wish to see someone who's husband reversed a financial deficit to a surplus, introduced the Family Medical Leave Act, almost had peace with Arafat etc. or dream about hopes, rainbows, easter bunnies... la, la, la and we can all join hands and sing about love... dream on the 60's are over!

    February 15, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. Harvey, Tampa, FL

    All the shadiness behind the Clintons and somehow some people still love them.

    February 15, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. BH3

    I'm tired of Clinton supporters regurgitating this empty rhetoric line.

    Obama has already authored several pieces of bipartisan legislation in the Senate. It's often not flashy but tries to make this country a little better.

    Have you checked your beloved candidate's Senate legistislative record. It's pretty weak except for earmarks of course....vintage Cinton.

    35 years experience doing what? I can't put my spouse's qualifications on my resume. Can you?

    Obama '08

    February 15, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. Neil

    At the outset of the primaries i could have leaned either way, as the campaigns moved on i became an Obama supporter. Yes, he is a very charismatic man and n eloquent speaker, but that wasn't the reason why. Clinton has led the campaign down a very dirty path that points to exactly the type of politics people keep saying they dont want. In Wisconsin she is running slander ads and resorting to mud tactics. Clinton lost points when she did it the first time, i would think she was smart enough to not do it a second time. Then she shows her lack of experience or her Kerry Flip Flop when she points at issues that she wil lose ground on, not really smart. The points all point to the way Barack is countering her claims against the slander she is pouring into the media now. she still thinks Americans are lazy and not involved, people are checking that info and finding the truth and the ins and outs.

    February 15, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Jake, California

    But everyone knows that Hillary is phony. I don't know why people would even vote for her...

    You cannot get Hillary anywhere close to the white house, she'll never make it there, not because's a woman but because of her nature and the bags she carries on her back..Bill Clinton.

    even if she wins the nod, people will come out and vote for McCain overwhelmingly.....

    Hillary Clinton is a joke.

    February 15, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Jeremy

    It is not negative to ask for disclosure.

    The Clinton's will not disclose financial or government records because to disclose is to reopen questions raised during travelgate, filegate, the impeachment etc....
    Financial disclosures will reveal huge money from outside/foreign interests.

    More than 50 of the top 100 officials of the first Clinton administration are now working for industries they once regulated. Hillary will not committ to stopping this revolving door.

    Poor Americans- please look closer. Who has your interests in mind?

    February 15, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. Ohio

    Ohio is for OBAMA!!!!!!!! We see through Hillary. Show us your tax returns Hillary!! You just want the power. You are so polarizing.

    February 15, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Seth

    Wow, if that isn't an attack on the Clinton's I don't know what is. Yet CNN says it is a suggestion?!? CNN you really need to know that you are alienating millions of viewers with your blind idolatry of Barack Obama. You are attempting to influence the voters with your glowing reports on Obama and your constant attacks on the Clinton's. MSNBC is just as bad, if not much worse. Surprisingly Fox News seems to be the only channel that at least attacks both Clinton and Obama.

    Just look at some of the articles on this site. There are several that say the Clinton's are attacking this, and attacking that. Yet when it comes to the Barrack Obama adds all it says is "suggests" and "hints," etc, etc. Can you say stolen election? The media is really trying to influence this election. More so that any previous. It's not the lawmakers who threaten our democracy, it's the media!

    February 15, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. Francie

    Hillary has experience, integrity, and has always pushed for healthcare since the early days of Bill Clinton's presidency. Hillary wants to debate Obama in Wisconsin; however, Obama is not prepared as usual (no experience). Obama is not the best person for the job. Hillary for President and Obama for Vice President. Now that's a winning ticket. Obama should not be greedy wanting to be President at such an early stage of his life. Hillary for President for 8 years; Obama President for the following 8 years. We will have 16 years of a Democratic President.

    Hillary for President; Obama for Vice President in 08' !

    February 15, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Andrew

    I really think that she should disclose her tax forms and her documents,
    What has she got to hide
    She has squandered 100 million dollars of her campaign money and a 30% lead in the polls,
    She can't really blame the media, and should be blaming herself.
    Not fit at all to be commander in chief, or CEO of any large co-operation,going negative just prooves how devicive she is,
    People are not voting for her because they feel she isn't genuine, and is callous to people unlike her husband

    February 15, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Mashawnda, North Carolina

    People if you want to see where Barack's or Hillary's money come from you can go to the FEC website.

    I would like to viewer of this blog to do a little reasearch before they post...

    February 15, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Barbara T, Long Beach Ca

    I too support the full disclosure and feel the Clintons should open up their financials...

    February 15, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. GOOD!

    And to the one guy on here... Obama has already released his tax statement. Jeez.. you make a real good case for the loonies that are voting for her!

    By the way, CNN is not being bais toward her. I've submitted many pro Obama comments that were not posted. Have you ever thought that maybe they ARE printing ALL the pro Hillary post – there's just so few! Come out of the coma.............

    February 15, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. Lovely in VA

    Jake – if she wins, we're all writing Obama in on our ticket anyway, so it does not matter. She couldn't put lipstick on this pig even if she tried.

    February 15, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. Donna Florida school teacher

    Whwn will everyone see through all of this propaganda. Did anyone read the comment from the lady of the Soviet Union? She said that all of Obama's promises and the medias propaganda ways remind her of the communistic ways. All of the Republicans that voted for Obama in the primaries will vote for Mccain anyway. Get a grip! Don't be an Obamadumb!

    February 15, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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