April 16th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton campaign presses Obama on tax returns

(CNN) - On an Obama conference call Wednesday, campaign manager David Plouffe would not say whether or when the Illinois senator would be releasing his 1997-99 tax returns.

"We released our full tax returns for the entire decade, same period,” said Plouffe, adding that they would “shortly” be releasing the full 2007 returns.

But Plouffe was referring to the years 2000 through 2006, the “same period” as the returns released by Hillary Clinton’s campaign recently, after Obama did the same. The New York senator’s tax returns for the past 30 years have now been made public.

“Despite touting its commitment to transparency, the Obama campaign is apparently refusing to release Sen. Obama’s tax returns from 1997, 1998 and 1999,” the Clinton campaign said in a statement sent to reporters Wednesday afternoon. “It’s unfortunate that Sen. Obama isn’t living up to the standards he sets for everyone else.”

soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Alonzo Demetrius

    B.O. does not want America to see what his investments and charities have been, and there must be a reason for that.

    April 16, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. YOU NEED TO KNOW

    OMG....This is getting deep into SILLY SEASON....The Clinton's camp are acting like 2 year olds....

    April 16, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Now for Obama

    Hillary go crawl back into your hole!

    If I were Obama, I would not even pay any attention to her!

    April 16, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Debbie

    Where are Clinton's 2007 returns, and her earmarks. Boy she's desperate.

    April 16, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. ostriches burying our heads in sand

    This is getting ridiculous!

    April 16, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Anthony-Minneapolis,MN

    This is a garbage argument and discussion. Obama was just out of law school I believe for the period the Clintons want to see his returns 1997, 1998 and 1999 and was in the state legislature of which, in a national election have no bearing. This is a smoke screen attempt by the Clintons. We wanted to see the Clinton's returns because he was president, she first lady and now Senator. They also did not release them when repeated requested were made over the past 7 yrs. Not the same Billary, but I am sure you will keep trying.

    Maybe we could get his High School Final Report Card too!!1

    April 16, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Avis, Richton Park, IL

    Well Hillary I don't think it will add up to $109 million, especially since he just paid off his student loan 4 years ago !!!!!!

    Stop reaching Hillary, you're done!!

    April 16, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. DZ in Austin

    Here in Texas, It's called 'right back at ya'. What's he hiding besides Rezko????

    April 16, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. sherry

    Where are all the comments from the Obama people now? When the burden of proof falls into the Obama court, suddenly all we get is silence. Why the double standard? In the beginning, I was an Obama supporter but all I hear are speeches by someone who is a natural gifted speaker. I want both candidates to be treated by the same standards and I do believe that CNN is definitely in Obama's corner.

    April 16, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Dee

    I think he must release his tax returns all the way back from college for full transparency.

    Who knows how many food stamps he has to hide from those years???
    Transparency!!!

    Silly season it is...

    April 16, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Rick in Oregon

    It was SILLY for Obama to bring up these tax returns to begin with since Hillary had released so much more than he had, but since he did, I don't think that he can (nor can his supporters) say that it's silly.

    He set the rules, so he should follow them.

    April 16, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Mike

    Lets see it is ok for him to raise the question regarding hers... now he is not willing to release his...

    All of us in Illinois all ready know that it is going to link him to Rezko and his house deal... All of you need to read about the Rezko trial... in recent testimony Obama was at a dinner party with some real shady people that have been linked to terrorist groups...

    CNN released a small story about this on the blog the other day... not sure why it was not front and center... it calls into question a lot of things!!!

    April 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. aughhhh

    This is really getting ridiculous, stick to the issues! Talk about what is important to the country.......the war, economy, environment, our reputation worldwide. The rest of the world must be laughing their heads off at the way these campaigns have been run.

    April 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Randy

    The Clinton campaign is not only shameful to the entire Democratic Party, but has also tainted the years under the Clinton Administration. They have ran a negative campaign and tried to rip the party apart for their own personal gains. There was a time when I thought that the name Clinton was equal to greatness. Sadly, now I equate the Clinton name to nothing more than "politics".

    April 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Kevin - Jonesboro, GA

    Are the Clinton's seriously trying to imply that Barack has some millions of dollars on his state senator's salary during this time. sorry Billary, while you were raking in the dollars hand over fist he was still struggling paying off his and his wife's student loans.

    Billary – you disgust me!!!

    April 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Lee WV

    Obama is probably afraid people will criticize him for not making even1/10 th of what the Clintons made.

    April 16, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Oh Please

    If I were the Obamas I would not release anything else. Ask Billary to show us who donated to that library...

    April 16, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. PA Democrat

    Alonzo Fonzo: Who cares about tax returns from 1997 thats sooo last decade! Get a life!
    6 NC Superdelegates backed Sen. Obama – Deal with it!
    He will release his returns when he is good and ready – Hillary made us wait for her's and only released them right after her top advisor Mark Penn got busted in bed with the Columbians making trade deals!
    1997-99? Give me a BREAK!!!!!!!!! Was he even a Senator?

    April 16, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Food for thought

    Really Oborme. Please release all your taxes. You cried and whined for Hillary to, and she has. Release all of your 2007 taxes also.
    Why wait?
    As usual he speaks a good game but can't follow through.
    Doesn't seem like change to me.
    But then again Usatoday.com has come up with all his 'hidden' lobbyist fund raising.
    Why is CNN reporting on that?

    April 16, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. justobserve

    That's right! Obama doesn't have to do whatever Clinton did. In fact, he should NOT do as Clinton dictates.

    April 16, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Eddie

    This is Hillarious,You want tax returns from when he was in college to .We have to do something about this,before this guy was even a senator.Can we see Hillary and Bills donor records for his library and some more transcripts from white water.I am not accusing any body of anything but Hillary did say she use to hunt .I think someone involved in whitewater was shot in the back of the head with a shotgun.Hmmmmmmm!!!!

    April 16, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. MD

    When you release your 2007 returns, you can ask Obama about his ancient tax returns.

    Hillary is such a pathetic individual, she gives me the creeps.

    Do we really want someone so small-minded, self-serving, selfish, and stupid to run this country?

    April 16, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Duke

    Wow, the wheels really are falling off of the Clinton campaign. It will be interesting to see how the Clintons fair in the aftermath of all of this craziness beyond this year's campaign.

    The national party has allowed the Clintons to comandeer the party just to feed their own ambitions. They really do have an attitude of entitlement to this nomination. I hope that the party elders can take the party back from Bill and Hillary once this is all over. However, it appears that it will be over only when Bill says that it is over. That is too much power for one man in a national party. He and Hillary are willing to take the entire party down the tube if necessary. Neither George Bush had that kind of power over the entire Republican party. Hmmm, think I will change my registration from Democrat to Independent. Is anyone else considering a similar move?

    April 16, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Scot C.

    I have to give it to Hillary because everyday it's something. I understand that she would have tax returns dating 30 years back, but not Obama. He's not that old.
    Are they saying that he cheated on his taxes or did something inappropriate? What exactly are they looking for?
    I can't wait for the Democratic Primaries to be over, it is wearing me out. Hopefully, the end is near. It's time to focus on McCain and the Republicans.

    April 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Andrew, Chicago

    The Clinton camp seems to have a legitimate argument.

    April 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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