February 26th, 2008
10:29 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton suggests she may release tax returns

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/02/26/art.clinton1.ap.jpg caption=" Clinton indicated she may release her tax returns before the end of the primary season."](CNN) - Hillary Clinton suggested Tuesday she may release her tax returns before the Democratic primary race is over, a seeming reversal over her long-standing position that she would not release the documents unless she is the party's nominee.

"I will do it as others have done it upon becoming the nominee or even earlier," Clinton said at Tuesday's debate.

Pressed if she would do it before the March 4 primaries, Clinton said she didn't have the time to get them together, but said, "I will certainly work toward releasing them, and we will get that done and in the public domain."

Obama released his tax returns late last year, and suggested Clinton do the same. He stepped up his criticism of the New York senator for not doing so earlier this month when it was revealed she loaned her campaign $5 million.

"I think the American people deserve to know where you get your income from," Obama said then.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Chesco

    Noella asked "Did Barack release his tax returns ?"
    Yes. He released them at the end of last year.

    His opponent ?

    No comment.

    February 27, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  2. aware

    If not Hillary Clinton then John McCain. Barack is a media myth that needs to fade into the sunset. No reasonable person would want him to president of the USA. 🙁

    February 27, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  3. Jorge from California

    She will never release those papers!!! she will go to jail if she does!!

    February 27, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  4. Brad

    She should have done this a long time ago. The questions about the origin or her and her husband's money and the funding for the Clinton Presidential Library are directly relevant to the question of her fitness for office. People want to know who may have undue influence with her? Any foreign governments? Even if there isn't an issue here, she allowed it to linger by not addressing it earlier.

    February 27, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  5. T Baker

    For those of you who keep saying 'who cares about her tax returns' - it's about more than just the numbers, it's about being transparent. It's about being honest and upfront. As elected officials, we should want to know that they are being upfront about their dealings..... to shy away from it suggests otherwise.

    February 27, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    Every other candidate, including Romney, has released their tax returns, Hillary is the only one who hasn't.

    I don't think she has has anything to hide, I really dont, but her contempt for media makes her a very private person, and when you are running for president you cannot be a private person...

    ...that is why media is sometimes unfair to her.

    She needed to be friendly with the media, not shun them.

    February 27, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  7. SWING STATE FAMILY

    That was Washington for 'I am not releasing my returns'.

    And Noella : Yes, Barack Obama released his returns to the public. Neither Billary nor the Republicans could find anything to spin in that.

    February 27, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  8. Paul

    I hope the media holds her to this.

    February 27, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  9. Ken

    Go Tim Russert, Go Obama, and by the way the Clintons are liars!

    February 27, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  10. Obamacan!

    What is she waiting for? She's hiding something and Americans should wake up.

    February 27, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  11. Steven, OK

    Keep your tax returns Hillary. You said you will release them upon becoming the nominee. That's not going to happen. So take your tax returns and go back to N.Y.

    See ya

    O/08

    February 27, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  12. Mark

    No doubt: Mrs. Clinton is the best … in concealment!

    February 27, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  13. Fran, GA

    Keep your tax returns. You said you will release your tax returns once you become the nominee–that's not going to happen. Take your tax returns and go back to NY

    See ya.

    O/08

    February 27, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  14. independent

    they got their money from book revenues and bill's public speaking. this is common knowledge. people have been scrutinizing their income for 20 years. it's not a secret!!

    February 27, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  15. Tony

    Sure, release them, don't just talk about releasing them.

    February 27, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  16. Jose Card - Independent

    Hillary constantly thinks for herself, not for our country.

    February 27, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  17. Phil, NC

    Clinton = Clinton
    Her Election = More Money For Her Memoirs

    February 27, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  18. cw

    Think about it . The ? is why wont she disclose her taxes . I'm willing to bet majority of there income is directly benefited via NAFTA .
    I just wish Obama went after her a little more on some of the hard questions ,the way she went at him. Then again he dose not want to look like as difficult as Mrs. Hillary Angry Clinton

    February 27, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  19. Andy, New York, New York

    She will release them when she is the nominee?

    When does she expect to be the nominee?

    At the current rate of her lightning fall from grace to disgrace, she will never become the nominee so she will never release her tax returns, which will show Bill's overseas connections, thanks to his NAFTA deal.

    February 27, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  20. OBAMA 08

    She has certainly made it much harder for the next woman to be considered a serious contender for the White House. Between her whining and her taunting her "experience" as her qualification, She has shown consistent poor judgment .Both Bill and Hillary bringing race ,however sneaky, into the campaign will forever be part of their legacy.
    She has done absolutely nothing of value to anyone except Bill and Bush.

    February 27, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  21. Kevin

    Please take a look at Obama's mansion. In is on the republican's website. He bought a $500k land adjacent to his $1.7M house for $100k. What kind of a deal is that? Shouldn't he answer why? CNN, please ask that question.

    February 27, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  22. Terron

    noella: Wake up, yes Obama released his taxes!

    bubbysboy: They did have to question him because he doesn't have such a negative flip flop history like Hilary!

    Bill Jay: You are just retarded. You are like some of the other typical Clinton supporters that make comments with no substance other than "Go Hilary"

    February 27, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  23. L. Parker

    $5 bet...no nomination...no income disclosures.

    February 27, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  24. Kirk

    Everybody leaving remarks on this site , and I include myself . has already made their mind up who they are going to vote for . I really doubt anything comment we leave here is going anyones mind . Be greatful you have a vote .

    Hillary 08

    February 27, 2008 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  25. John R Garland

    Some one stick a fork in Hillary, she is done.
    Glad we Americans are smart enough to see that.
    Hope the Dems who support her realize if she gets the nod, they will lose in Nov. Maybe they don't care?

    February 27, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
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