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. Mr. C.

    haHa!!! This is just Hillaryious... The clinton camp is out of ammunitions, now they're throwing in every bread and soda.

    April 16, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. wmc71

    Oh come on. When the Obama camp did the same thing about the Clintons taxes.Now that the Clintons did release there info and there was nothing incriminating no one has anything to say.So now why is he being reluctant to release all of his taxes.The Clintons have released 30yrs of taxes, so if he has nothing to hide what's the problem.

    April 16, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Eric-PA

    That's right! What's good for the goose is good for the gander! RELEASE YOUR TAX RECORDS YOU HYPOCRITE!

    April 16, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Moses

    OMG hillary needs to give it a rest, she is kicking a dead horse on the Obama 1997 through 1998 tax returns. She is just gonna make herself look even more like the "Elites" when Obama's tax returns yield how little income Obama earned in comparison to the clintons 109 friggin millions.

    Democrat 08

    April 16, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Maxine

    How stupid is this getting???? Thank you Clinton campaign for showing me which way to vote....and it isn't you.

    April 16, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Daren

    Why doesn't everyone else release 7 years of their tax returns to the general public? How about SSNs? Phone numbers? Birth Certificates.

    Obama isn't fully "vetted" until we see baby pictures!

    April 16, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. lois

    Okay, so Hillary needs to release all of her stuff, but Obama doesn't? Is that how this works?

    April 16, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |

    WAIT A MINUTE,..... I have endured months of OBAMA supporters SCREAMING on this ticker for CLINTON to release HER TAX returns for the last SEVERAL MONTHS. Now, the OBAMA people are saying he shouldn't have to?


    The Clinton's have released all of their returns for the last 30 YEARS!


    April 16, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. An Agnostic Democrat


    Nonissue coming from the millionaire in Wal-Mart quality pant suits attempting to come across as a common citizen. Standards? I thought Hillary had none!

    Is this a distraction from the American Hunters and Shooters endorsement of Mr. Obama?

    Looks like Annie Oakley missed another straight shot!

    April 16, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Now for Obama

    All you Obama people had been up in arms over Hillary not turn-over her tax returns and look at you guys today. ALL talking out of your backsides including Obama. Maybe he doesn't want us to see his and Michelle donation's to Rezko, Rev Wright and his Church, the lobbist he has put Hillary down about and he's no better (see USAtoday), this list can go on and on and on. So why don't you go crawl in a hole and take Obama with you.

    April 16, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. VJmem

    BHO should only release his tax returns for the years he held public office of any sort. Otherwise, the Clintons should not request ANYTHING FROM ANYBODY until she released 1. Her Earmarks for the last 4 years and, 2. Library Donors (unless she chooses to "denounce and reject" being a part of the Library).

    I agree with "Now for Obama", I would ignore her camp's request.

    April 16, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Zeka-jones - Ontario,Canada

    It's getting ugly out there and yes i agree, it's a season SILLY

    April 16, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. GG

    I have noticed on all these comment boards that the Obama supporters
    say the most nasty and vile things. It certainly flies in the face of hope and unity, does it not?

    April 16, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. George

    Anyone but Clinton would have benefited from Obama's gaffes. At this point one wonders if Edward's exit from race was not premature. She just cannot benefit because she has become an unacceptable alternative to Obama–period!

    April 16, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. shamous mc

    I want to see his papers from Kindergarten!
    What's he hiding?

    April 16, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. Isaac

    So now that Clinton is asking for the same thing that he was asking for it's silly season and she should go crawl into a hole?? I am so confused by the double-standards that he and his supporters are putting out there. I really could care less about any of their tax returns to be honest, but let's not forget that Obama and his campaign were the ones that made it an issue first!!

    April 16, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Grif

    Just another Blemish, of Many, still to Come.. But, there's no such thing, as keeping a Secret. It all come's back on you, like being sick an ocean voyage, and you're stood on the wrong side of the Boat ,,,

    April 16, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. Tom,des moines


    April 16, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. Nanc, MN

    OK, Obama supporters, why would you get your shorts in a wad about this. I remember all of you screaming for the Clinton returns. You got them.

    Maybe we Hillary supporters are just as interested as you were. So what's the problem? Give me a couple good reasons why we shouldn't be able to see them?

    April 16, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. SUE, Michigan

    Clinton camp acting like 2 year olds? SHE did not start this-HE DID! Why is she always criticized and he is always the poor sweet black man being picked on by big bad Hillary? Wake up people! He has the same selective memory about things as any other politician. He is not about change, he is about getting elected. And the press eats this up and blames her. Talk about a double standard!
    And I do not think he can beat McCain because Rive and co. will be all over Rev. Wright, the "elitism" right or wrong, and some of the stuff his wife has screamed about. Hillary is the only one who can take on McCain. Hopefully tonight's debate will show the stronger, better candidate.

    April 16, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. Opt for CHANGE!!!

    Yeah, I agree with you 1000% – Now for Obama.

    Dear Mr. President-To-Be,

    Please just go on with your campaign and ignore Clinton's rhetoric and sickening political games.

    I can't believe that lady. Worse than Freddy Cruger!


    April 16, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. SUE, Michigan


    April 16, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. Geri

    Just wait...Cafferty and Blitzer will come up with a reason as to why he hasn't released these past years tax returns. And some how they will put the blame back on Clinton for being so dastardly as to even ask for these. Obama pushed until she released hers, lets see everyone do the same on Obama.

    April 16, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. fedup with obama /fl

    I wonder why if he is so perfect what is he hiding,Maybe he got some more from the crook in when he bought his house. As the say once a crook always a crook but no need to worry John Mcain wiil find out if BOBO is the nominee. Wake up people this man will distroy any hope of willing in Nov. After reading the blogs I believe the DUMBO supporters would support Bush again in nov. I also realize the media will continue to slant every word the can aganist HILLARY so the will have a way to help reelect MCBUSH. For the good of the country vote HILLARY CLINTON. Bythe why doesant DUMBO want FL and Mich.to count? Because he cant win any state that will vote DEMOCRATIC.

    April 16, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Dem in CA

    The tax returns were driven as a credibility issue by Obama. I would also be interested in his charitable donations (who, how much) , the 1% was pretty lame. I don't make close to a million dollars a year and I try to hit at least 5% every year. If this guy is going to be the nominee, I don't want this to be an issue in the general election against the Republicans.

    April 16, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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