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. Magda

    I want to see Hillary's returns from 1987 -1989.

    Yeah just for the fun of it. Can she get any silly???

    April 16, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Jay, IL

    Now Obama supporters were stunned, 'cause they were asking the questions "What's Clinton hiding?" like crazy before.

    Now the same knife you want to kill others is stabbing your own chest.

    Please treat obama the same way you treat Clinton!

    April 16, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Ada

    Puh-leeze. We already know they weren't really making any money. The Chinese and Colombians weren't paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to hear Obama speak and to have him lobby for them.

    Go away, HRC.

    April 16, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Julie

    Clinton is delusional if she thinks her cheap gimmicks will work.

    April 16, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. NickSanDiego

    The clintons are shooting their full wad now. 6 or more attacks a day. This is a sad end to a politcal career. No really I find it SAD! I hate to see anyone go down in total shame and humiliated.

    But some bring it on themselves.

    April 16, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Mike

    Wow. What next a copy of his high school report card. Or maybe his diary or journal. Maybe the love letters to Michelle, or his collection of comic books(if he reads Ghost Rider then it proves he's a satanist).

    The candidates were asked to release the returns from this decade, why would you ask this if you are running on your overwhelming experience and knowledge?

    Senator please, show some of the dignity that you undoubtedly have and have shown of the past decade plus. If the people are not for you then change their minds now, by being the most integral candidate. If this is not your season, back the winner and if he doesn't win you are the front runner in 12. But, grace under fire Hill... no pun intended.

    April 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. veronica

    Hillary..please stop it..You make me worry when I think I am going to vote for you.

    April 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Elbram

    Pennsylvania voters, fellow Americans, please consider getting on board with us in backing Senator Obama! It is time that we patriots all joined together behind this wonderful candidate who is NOT aligned with corporate special interests! Donations come from individuals; all of us have some industry we are tied to. When he takes contributions from the people, there are NO FAVORS REQUIRED from him.

    These corporate special interests that control American politics don't stand a chance against us because Obama is the ONLY candidate that has built the ONLY weapon that can be effective against the corprate money/influence. The weapon that I speak of is the 1.3+ million individual donors and more importantly individual voter database! Help grow that database even more and be a part of the calvary that frees America's politics from those corporate groups that Clinton and McCain are publicly and politically aligned with!

    We are the ones we have been waiting for, sound the charge!

    -US Army veteran

    April 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Becky Montgomery

    He was the first one to submit returns and without being asked. Hillary put people off for months.

    Also–Hillary, how about those donors to Bill's library? We REALLY need to know that.

    April 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Gavin



    April 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. HEIDI

    Oh, all of a sudden this is of urgency Hillary. I don't think so. Try running your own life. You took your time and had all your clooneys (oops I mean staff) editing your for the purpose of FRAUD.

    So be patience. You will see Barack & Michelle yearly salaries soon enough.


    April 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Nic

    Ugh, she really has a lot of nerve. I do NOT mean that as a compliment.

    April 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Rick in Florida


    April 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Demetrius Alonzo Stagg

    Alonzo – too bad you don't speculate on what those reasons are, so in lieu of your lack of insight on the matter, I'll just chalk it up to ignorance on your part.

    April 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. b-liberal

    Obama presses for Clinton tax returns – big event – what is she hiding? – conspiracy!

    Clinton asks Obama tax returns – how silly – leave Saint Obama alone – how awful for her to suggest it!

    Poke a cult and see what happens.

    But seriously, I want to know more about his money, his big corporate donors, his donations (Clintons donated 10%). It is time for him to stop hiding behind the misdirection.

    April 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Great

    yes Alonzo, I think he is definitely hiding something as opposed to Clinton who earned 109m and proved she is living high up in her own bubble.

    April 16, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Michelle in Denver, CO

    Give it a rest lady!

    April 16, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Tonya from SC

    This is really getting ridiculous with the Clinton family. They are trying every little thing to try and make Obama look really bad. If she had any sense in her head, then she would realize that all she is doing is making people draw to him even more. He WILL unite this country and move us forward in the direction that we need to go in.

    I she looks in the mirror and see what this is doing to her physically then she would want to get out. I swear since Jan '08, Hillary looks as old as McCain.

    April 16, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Peter

    Didn't you know? Releasing tax returns only matter when the tax returns have the name Clinton on them. Those are the only ones the talking heads make an issue of.

    April 16, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Brian Seattle

    In the immortal words of the theme song from "The Legend of Billie Jean" by Pat Benatar – ("Invincible") – Fair is Fair. Obama play fair now.

    April 16, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Stop Stirring The Cauldron Hillary

    Is this woman the most miserable witch on the planet or what? Sure Hill...you hand over those Library Donors and take the gag order off the Paul case and I cheer on Obama submitting to your "will". LOL

    April 16, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Jose

    Clintons? what about releasing the list your library donors.

    April 16, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Its got to be Hillary

    Exactly what I was thinking, he claims he is the most transparent of all the candidates and yet he has yet to realse his tax returns., FYI fact factcheck.com have found that he acctually is taking money from lobbiest 3.5mil from 10 firms and 2.26 mil from their employees. Obama is nothing but a liar, unlike his supporters we back our fact with proof , we dont just blurt out regurgitated mombo jumbo.


    April 16, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. AJ, IL

    This definitely the SILLY SEASON in the Democratic primary season. I really don't care about Obama's 1997, 1998, and 1999 tax returns. The only thing those returns will reveal is that the Obamas were even poorer than we all thought. Maybe we all can see how much student loan interest he and his wife deducted from 1997 to 1999 while they were repaying their student loans.

    Obama in 08!

    April 16, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. sandy

    And the Clintons should declare where their 109 million came from.
    They would never do that.

    April 16, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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