CHICAGO--Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and his team are calling for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to release her income tax returns. Obama has released the top sheets of his return, not the schedules that are almost always part of a return of anyone who owns a home and who has various sources of income. But Clinton has declined to make public ANY returns which would l detail earnings of Bill Clinton and the senator.
In not disclosing, the Clinton campaign is making a tactical decision, not any stand on privacy. On Friday, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said Clinton will release returns "if she is the nominee."
The Clinton campaign in turn, said if Obama wants to talk about disclosure, asks why Obama has declined to discuss his dealings with Tony Rezko, who trail on public corruption charges is starting in Chicago.
The Obama camp counters that the issues are separate.
Statement from Obama campaign: “Why should Democratic voters have to wait until after the primary campaign is over to find out important information about Senator Clinton's finances that Senator Obama has already disclosed?
For someone who claims to be fully vetted, hiding a campaign loan from voters until after Super Tuesday and refusing to release your tax returns until after the primary doesn't seem like the best way to prove that there are no surprises for the Republicans to find once they start digging.”