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. Lonny, Seattle

    Hey Alonzo, he probably didnt make enough money to actually have investments in '97.
    Unlike the Clintons and McBushes who were well on their way to triple digit millionaire status...
    Funny how almost all of us Americans stand somewhat of a chance to be in the same financial shoes as the Obama's as single millionaires but we couldnt even understand the Clintons/McBush's wealth even if we won the biggest lottery jackpot in the world...
    After taxes of course 🙂

    April 16, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Veterans for Obama

    Let's end this Hillary....really, its getting old. If you can't possibly win, why do you stay in? This is just hurting you. I've read you are already preparing for a run as New York's Govenor. Is it power you want?

    April 16, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. sarah

    Hillary just knows that her chances for becoming the nominee are quickly fading and she will do every dishonest trick she knows. She is a dishonest scoundrel and should bow out gracefully – if she has any grace left. I sure hope that Obama beats her, and for that matter, McCain.

    April 16, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. sherrie50

    The Obama group demanded aggressively for the Clinton's to release their returns, but now its petty for Clinton to request the same. There have consistently been 2 sets of rules in this elections.

    April 16, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Jot

    Hussein release your tax returns now

    April 16, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. suzy

    Obama = lobbyists he has lied about – see USAToday headliner.
    Obama = Rezko trial – Auchi Iraqi billionaire/party in Chicago that he has "No recollection" of but a witness on trial Monday said he was there – see Chicago Sun Times article
    Obama = EGO!!! he is not ELITE, but has an ELITIST ATTITUDE...
    he went to private school forever!!! please.....and his wife....will she still be proud of America if he isn't the nominee? They both seem like spoiled brats to me – he never ever had to work for his Senate seat – it was basically given to him, and Rezko helped.
    Obama = bitter man since childhood over his struggles with race and the white man – is that why he joined Rev Wright's church....and is still a member?
    Obama = sexist – he is condescending – he calls supporters "sweetie"
    and said "Hillary, you're nice enough"
    Obama = no experience – at San Francisco fundraiser – he said his VP would be "someone who knows a bunch of stuff I don't know about" – who is this guy?????
    Obama = typical politician WHO IS NOW WEARING HIS LAPEL PIN – please, how obvious is that...he flip-flops to suit him.
    Obama = no votes for Fl and MI because it is not to his advantage – period – no other reason than that – they will not vote for him in Nov.
    Obama = McCain will be President – they are piling up the ammo against him every day.
    Obama = no vote from me – ever – I have not been blinded by his "great words".

    And last but not least – I know CNN won't post this since they too are part of the Obama machine – how much are you guys being paid by the way? Oh well, it was good to vent.........

    April 16, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. gerard morei

    Obama is a big lair and his supporters are acccusing Hillary of being that. Why Mr. perfect does not show his taxes for the same years Hillary did?. Anything he dosn't want to show to us?. Now this is for the women that supports Obama: YOU COMPLAIN FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS THAT YOU ARE DISCRIMINATED AT ALL LEVELS OF WORK BECAUSE YOU NEVER GET THE TOP POSSITIONS AVAILABLE OR IF YOU GET THAT POSSITION YOU BEING PAID LESS THAT MEN. NOW YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO ELECT A BRILLIANT WOMAN FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB IN THE WORLD AND YOU TURN YOUR BACK ON HILLARY. PLEASE DO NOT COMPLAIN ANYMORE IF YOU ARE DISCRIMINATED, BECAUSE YOU HAVE YOUR CHANCE.
    I'M A MAN AND I VOTE FOR THE MOST QUELIFIED CANDIDATE AND THATS HILLARY CLINTON. YOU WOMEN SUPPORTING OBAMA BETTER THINK DEEP IN WHAT ARE YOU DOING.

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

    Does anyone see through this women, or is it just me..

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

    Interesting that Clinton has to provide tax returns and was attacked for not providing them in a timely fashion and Obama has a free ride in not having to provide all his tax returns. If all is equal they both need to provide the information.

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

    Oh my God.....Hillary suppose to be a front-runner now instead of Obama. But she`s hanging on wrong tactics....she is not the Hillary we knew as First-Lady....She is no more authentic or a Lady....She would have gain a lot, if she has been playing defense...but for a First-Lady to be going on attacking the same Democrat falsely.....Is going to backfire....Nobody want to see this....Hillary is no more talking about the issues, she wakes up everyday and thinks..How can we attack Obama today?.......People are suffering, losing thier houses, do not have health-care......Shame on her, Shame on her, Shame on her......

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

    Clinton has lost brain cells. Asking to relase 2006 returns is a tad bit more relevant than asking to release 1997 or 98 return. don't you think? or is it just me?

    April 16, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. John Kay

    Hahahahahahahaha. Twist and Turn.

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

    Plus I bet 10 years ago, he was pretty poor. So if he releases 97-99, Hilary are you gonna scream where's the 96 return or 95 return?

    April 16, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. poorbob

    i think she is bitter

    April 16, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. BAKERSFIELD

    WHEN THE CLINTONS ASK FOR TAX RETURNS IT SILLY WHEN OBAMA IS ASKED SHES A CROOK. THIS IS SO FUNNY

    April 16, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Grif

    So! Rebecca, we either bow to your own Comment/Blog, or ???
    Free Speech??

    April 16, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Susie

    It is amazing to me that the same people who criticized Hillary for not releasing her tax returns now criticize her for expecting the same from Obama. You would think Obama would run out of KoolAid.

    April 16, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Stud

    Hillary Supporters are bad at math!

    April 16, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. clinton muehlenbrock

    He released enough tax returns for me. Hillary Clinton is like that loser who is 25 years old and tries to hang out with highschool kids and is the joke of the crowd

    April 16, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Bye Bye Hillary

    Who cares about those years of taxes, we are marchng forward paying attention to the future thank you Go Obama There is no other choice America needs you!

    April 16, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. Deb in RI

    What's good for one is good for the other. I, for one, want to see them.

    April 16, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Char

    Hillary, Hillary, Hillary......

    This desperation is SO unbecoming! We all know you are a habitual liar but why lie to yourself. You know there is no way you can secure the nomination, so get over it. Wait do you hear that? ..............The fat lady is singing!

    April 16, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. Elizabeth Holsten

    I believe Barack Obama implicitly and do not believe Hillary Clinton. There it is – short and really not that simple.

    April 16, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. CP -TEXAS

    What then Hillary, would you release yours???? I think not....Go away!

    April 16, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. James, PA

    Hillary, can you focus on issues and stop all these attacks. It's not working for you.

    April 16, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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