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. noemi in los angeles

    “It’s unfortunate that Sen. Obama isn’t living up to the standards he sets for everyone else.”...................Is she kidding????? Her words make no sense. She likes to talk smack about Obama every chance she has, but laughs off he "misspeaks" on late-night t.v. and blames her lack of sleep. OH and on top of that, she distorts Obama's "bitter" message to gain momentum in PA. Come on people, we all know what she said back in the Ohio primary about Obama-Canada..... then her own Clinton-Colombia happened and she could not say anything but shut up!

    YES, I am bitter and I demand change.

    Obama 2008 and 2012

    April 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. andrew of california

    The neatest elitist, go bama '08

    April 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Tempered

    Oh, you have got to be kidding me. Give me a BREAK, team Clinton!!

    April 16, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Ryan from Indiana

    Lol – go Hillary!! After all of the whining that he did about tax returns, and how little of a difference it made (other then the fact that a former President and a current senator are rich – who would have guessed that?!), now he's once again put himself in a situation that he could have avoided.

    Well, come on Obama – where are those tax returns?!?!

    April 16, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Jools

    Oh please. Wasn't he like 14 years old in '99? Just kidding, obviously, but this is still ridiculous. Doesn't Hillary get it that we the voters see through these political gotcha games?

    April 16, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Pooh496

    Was is it the silly season when Obama demanded Hillary's tax returns? What's good for the gander is good for the goose.

    Did you all see the front page of the USA Today. Obama does take money from lobbiests. OH MY! Like we didn't already know that. The media is always trying to hide the truth about Obama. And CNN and MSNBC are the worst.

    April 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Mike

    Obama had no income in those years. He gave all his money to Rev. Wright and the Trinity Bigotry Church.

    April 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Alex in San Antonio

    If he released 1997 – 1999, the next accusation would be "what about 1994 – 1996"

    Desperation is not a nice perfume.

    By the way Hillary, nice work on the 38% of Americans that think you're trustworthy. They all post on cnn.com if you need to get hold of them.

    April 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Lisa CA

    So here's to YOU NEED TO KNOW and Now for Obama,

    Why was it ok for the Obama camp to hound Clinton until she released her ta returns, but it is "silly season" and crawling into a hole when Obama is the one refusing??

    This is the problem with Obama and even though he might get the Dem's nod, with all that ha come out and ALL that he is HIDING he will never win the election in November.

    Wake up!!! If all of you insist on making him the candidate without being scrutinized then you must want Republicans in the White House again.

    April 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Linda

    That is so funny. You want to see how much he didn't make???? Umm, have the Clinton released 2007 tax returns??? Nope. How about you do that first. We were looking for the tax returns from the 2000s.

    April 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Curliss

    Exactly "Now for Obama"... I wont be paying attention to Obama when i vote for McCain. Its Hillary or McCain for most older democrats. Because, we have the pocket books to last another 4 years with a republican as president. Sorry!!!

    April 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Kshama

    Come on America. Wouldn't we all want to see the $ trail of all the candidates? Maybe it's necessary to make a speech on it to deflect attention or play "dirty" politics and call your opponent a liar. Mr Obama did or did you not wait too long to confront Rev Wright?

    What's the matter. I wish I could buy a house for a good as a deal Mr Obama got.

    April 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Independent

    Really??? You want to go there....where are your earmarks? I thought you were going to release them? Thanks for reminding us again.....As per Obama's promise he has declared to commit to NO earmarks spending for 2009...can we say the same about Sen. Clinton...mmmm....read on!

    As Obama: No earmarks for 2009

    "Clinton previously has NOT made her earmark requests public. But she added about $2.2 billion into spending bills between 2002 and 2006, according to the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. In the 2008 budget year, Clinton - by herself or with other lawmakers - obtained scores of earmarks, according to the group. Those requests amounted to $342 million. Clinton will still make requests for the coming year(2009), but will limit those earmarks to "the most critical needs for New York and America," according to a statement from her staff". – CNN; wirtten By Drew Griffin and Scott Bronstein

    April 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Rick in Florida

    HILLARY REFUSES TO GIVE US HER OWN 2007 TAX RETURNS...... BECAUSE IT WILL SHOW WHERE AND FROM WHOM BILL GOT HIS MILLIONS IN KAZAKHSTAN, MEXICO, CANADA AND DUBAI.......AND WHY HER JANUARY $5MILL "LOAN" WAS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL FINANCE LAWS.....AND SHE HAS THE CHUTZPA TO CRITICIZE OBAMA???? GIMME A BREAK!!!!

    OH....AND WHEN IS CNN (OR ANYONE) GOING TO ASK HILLARY IF SHE'LL BE PAYING "STREET MONEY" IN PHILADELPHIA TO BUY VOTES??? OBAMA HAS REFUSED....WHEN WILL SHE BE ASKED?

    April 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. noemi in los angeles

    OH GOD... and it took Hillary 1,000 years to release her own tax returns!! The only reason she even released her tax returns was to divert the attention from the PENN-COLOMBIA scandal. Otherwise, we would still not have her taxes released today. DUH!

    Clinton... just shut up, we're tired, tired, tired and bitter about you still being on the race. Seriously.

    Obama 2008 and 2012

    April 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Former Barack Supporter

    I'm tired of hypocrisy from this man. I was originally charmed by his promise of change, but over the course of this campaign I have come to see him for what he truly is: a hypocrite. First to go negative, thinnest bi-partisan record of any candidate, negligent senator. What a waste of air.

    April 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Laura

    May we see records of the donors for the library, Mrs. Clinton?

    April 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. shirley.roybal,surprise,az.

    whats good for the goose is good for the gander,whats he afraid of? WE WANT TAX RETURNS ASAP,JUST LIKE YOU WANTED TO SEE HILLARYS,YOUSET THE STANDARDS LIVE BY THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Martha

    Hillary, give up your dynastical ambitions...

    April 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Th3rdpwr

    Talk about grasping at straws!!!

    April 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Obama is a GODSEND

    Oh give it a rest Lady!

    April 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Delaware

    Stop all the division about race and let us elected a good democratic president in the white house. Obama has no explanation to make to no body or no race group because he did not mention any race that was bitter with guns and religion. The comment was about Americans that live in rural PA and I far that I am concern there are all different races of people living in those region.
    People come on! This is almost the end of the 21st century and you have not over this nonsense yet. America if you did not know is a country that is compose of many races of people and I do not think there is a single one of us that is more American than others.

    April 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Barbara Texas

    Oh,,,, say can you see......down the drain for Hillary....

    April 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. America in '08

    How many times did I come to these comment areas before Clinton turned over her tax returns and see all the Obama supporters shouting about her hiding something and "why hasn't she turned over her tax returns?"

    Now when Clinton is saying the exact same thing, you're accusing her of acting like a two year old, and telling her to crawl back into her hole? Can you say double standard?

    What keeps me from going over to the Obama camp is the Obama supporters. I, frankly, don't want to be lumped in with such vitriolic, hate-filled, people.

    April 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Obama will be President

    Please.....just because it hurt you. This is pathetic on her part.

    April 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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