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. Shawn from Kansas

    What does this even have to do with who is going to be a better presidential candidate? I give already !!! Are any other voters getting to the point where you've had enough of slinging, and would like to begin to hear more about policy and plans. Enough of this "Oh yeah, well my opponent did, or said this".......

    Enough already !! Is this democracy at its best???

    April 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Sen. Obama was not running for the Presidency in that time period, nor was he running for First Lady! I may be way off base here, but why does he need to address this time period. I really would appreciate some info on this.

    April 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Lance

    NEWS: After Obama released all of his tax returns, in a statement sent to reporters Monday morning, the Clinton campaign continue to attack:

    "What about 1960-61? What does he has to hide? It's unfortunate that he is not living up to his standards...."

    Obama was born in 1961.

    April 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Tim

    This is truly silly season. Senator Obama. When she releases her 2007 tax return, earmarks and Presidential Library donor list, then release your tax returns...But don't worry, you won't have to becasue she never will.

    Obama 08

    April 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. dave

    a question from a mccain supporter (me) which is, what could be in the obama returns from the last 90s that are of much interest? presumably he did not make a lot of money during that time frame, would it be his deductions or sources of income? anyways, yes, if things are transparent, they should be released.... although i am sure that obama's tax returns when he was in college working the ice cream counter would not be of much interest to any one..... so how far back should we go on the candidates tax returns? and, to be fair, we might as well start asking ralph nader to have his tax returns be issued as well... if nader is to be considered a legitimate (if not exactly viable) candidate for prez, his tax returns should also be released.... but how far back for nader as well??

    April 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. John

    Obama is not above the law,and like the Clintons should present theirtax returns for the the time in question.Refusing to do so would be a big problem for Obama.Those Obama supporters who hounded the Clintons,now unashamedly are advising Obama not to present the tax returns.Do the right thing and submit your tax returns as requested NOW!!!

    April 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. fred

    Where are you tax returns Obama??

    He doesn't want us to see all of his dirty money!!!!

    Go Hillary!!

    April 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Shelby

    She can't be serious????????? She needs to explain her returns, I love how the 10million in charities went to the "Clinton Foundation." I guess charity really does begin at home. Kick rocks Billary, your done!!!!!

    April 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Helene

    Hey Clinton ! We want to see your 2007 tax return ! And the donors to Bill's library.

    April 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. fred

    You Obama supporters sound like cry babies...who was screaming for Hillary to release hers. LMAO

    April 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. leon PA

    the clinton"s have not released there taxes for 2007

    April 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. vince - Phoenix - (forgive me cnn, for I have sinned)

    1) the Clintons just released theirs like, what. 10 minutes ago??

    2) are are they really STILL looking for anything to play GOTCHA on??

    3) LET'S MAKE A DEAL... the Clintons release the DONOR LIST that shows all of the Arab and Chinese donors to the Clinton Library, and the Obamas release their taxes from a time when they were living in a SOUTH SIDE condo!!!!

    April 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Peter in NY

    Oh, now that Hillary is flipping the switch on Barack regarding his tax returns, it is suddenly ridiculous according to Obamaniacs?! Consistency, People, Consistency!!

    I understand that people want to support their candidate, but at least play fair. Don't get upset because the competition believes. You guys should applaud that.

    If Barack has nothing to worry about, then let the process play out all the way to the end of the last primary, until all willing eligible voters have had their say.

    You guys have so much to say about how Hillary is trying to beat the system. Well, forcing her to quit is also a way to try to beat the system, but I suppose it is again ok for Barack to do what he needs to to win the nomination. Right?

    April 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Jay, IL

    What's Obama hiding? x 1000

    April 16, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Tom,des moines

    Hussein Obama,Let see your income tax return record,states senate record,travel record and your friends Tony Resko record. Hussein Obama is time for you to put up or shut the hell up. I think Hussein Obama is a coward.

    April 16, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. CJ from Kansas City

    Hahaha, this is funny! Whats funnier is that Obama still didn't make as much as she did for the period she is asking about. So what exactly does she want with those tax returns? I guess everything else has backfired on her so she is looking for a new reason to cause more trouble...This is tbe best comedy show I've watched in years.

    April 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Dina Phila., Pa

    This is absolutely STUPID! Every time Obama has been asked to reveal anything, he has come out and done so. Please Hillary, ask your accountant to give us the rest of your tax returns that you had him hide from the American Public. I know that you had your accountant deliberately leave out several of you and your husbands’ investments, (Columbian Trade Agreement) How much did you get from that? How much and who (more importantly WHO) gave money to your Clinton Library? Where is it Hillary? These stupid stunts will not get you any votes; instead, it shows how you are declining in Public View! It's sad to see you completely lose your dignity. It's going to be hard for you to walk back into your old position, when all of your colleagues give you the stare of death as you walk through the Senate Door. You will know exactly what they are thinking about you (What The Hell Are You Doing Back Here?)

    April 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. fred

    Notice how this story is down at the bottom of the page??????

    April 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Crystal CA

    I don't think so you crazy Obama supporters! You all were foaming at the mouth about Clinotn's tax returns, and now all of the sudden they are no longer relavent. All I heard for weeks was "where are her tax returns!" He doesn't want people to see his tax returns for these years for a reason.

    April 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. why the dems so crazy

    wow!!! the Clintons can not stay on the topic can they... Alonzo why are you for the clinton? Also explain this and no BS

    April 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. NickNas

    Hillary the whole NATION is pressing YOU for answers to our questions about!

    The 800K Cafta money

    Donors list ( the few that we did get turned out to be VERY suspect. $110 MILLION from ONE guy and you won't say WHY??

    and dozens more.

    April 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Tim

    Little Miss makes 100 million dollars is trying to say that Barack Obama, who made next to nothing in 97, 98, 99, is hiding something? And she has the gall to say that he is refusing to release them? He probably just didnt think they were relevant, and they arent. So now he'll just release them tomorrow and you will look like a fool.

    April 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Paul



    HILLARY – 08!!!

    April 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Silly Season?

    If it were the Clintons you disillusioned Obama fans would want to see the1997-99 tax returns......... be fair

    April 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. sozzi

    Sorry Hillary, the race is over.

    April 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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