FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
There's a lot of information voters still don't have about Hillary Clinton, including the White House records from when she was first lady along with her tax returns.
When asked at this week's debate about the White House records, Clinton said she would "absolutely" release the documents to show the public what she did and who she met with over the course of those 8 years. She said she's quote "urged the process be as quick as possible."
Well, the Bush administration now says it's actually the Clintons who have been holding up the release of those records. They say former President Bill Clinton's representative hasn't made any move yet to release over 11-thousand pages of records. The Clinton campaign says it may take two more weeks for that representative to decide what to release and then to request the release of the documents from the White House. How convenient – that would be after next Tuesday when Texas and Ohio hold their primaries.
As for the tax returns, Hillary Clinton also said at the debate she would release them once she becomes the nominee "or even earlier."
But her campaign seems to be backing away from that statement now, suggesting Clinton won't release the financial information until tax time in April. When Clinton loaned her own campaign $5 million, Barack Obama suggested she should follow his lead and release her tax returns so the public could see where the money came from.
Here’s my question to you: How important is it for Hillary Clinton to release her tax returns and White House records now?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
As long as Sen. Clinton continues to resist transparency she reinforces the negative image of politics as usual. It breeds distrust and suspicion over her whole campaign. I don't believe this will help her assertion that she is a change agent! What is she hiding?
Stan from Pittsburgh writes:
Why should she? Because Obama is hoping for something the media can find to pick and twist to make a story about nothing? The media should be looking into something that matters. Like Farrakhan and Wright. I am surprised at you, Jack. Did you recently attend an Obama rally or something? You are starting to sound like Chris Matthews with the tingle up his leg.
Win from Phoenix writes:
It appears the Clintons are not being completely truthful. Hillary complains that the media has been biased toward her. I disagree. If Barack was stalling in releasing his tax returns, I am almost certain that the media would not be as patient with him as they have been with Hillary. Proof is in the pudding. How long can she continue to attempt to fool the American people?
Annie from Atlanta writes:
Jack, Just another example of how the media bring up negatives on Hillary and leave Obama alone. What about Obama and his home and land deal and the crook behind it? Where are those questions? What's good for one is good for the other.
Leave her alone. It is not important to see her income tax. She has been vetted more than any other candidate. Why don't you harass others the way you do Hillary? We will all get to see her income tax return at the appropriate time. Did you file yours?
Of course she should release them. One of the huge impediments to her election, in my opinion, is that she seems intimately entangled with many of the special interest groups. Until I am convinced she will not be a George W. Bush version 2.0 with regards to special interests then she will not get my vote. Or my money.