Clinton to release 2015 tax returns within days, criticizes Trump

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2016

United States presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in a speech at a MI factory on Thursday that her jobs and tax plans would better help middle-class Americans than the plans released earlier this week by Republican rival Donald Trump. She drew laughter and applause for accusing Trump of offering an "even more extreme version of the failed theory of trickle-down economics, with the addition of his own unique Trumpian spin - outlandish ideas that even many Republicans reject".

Donald Trump calls her record unimpressive.

"I can provide serious, steady leadership that can find common ground and build on it based on hard but respectful bargaining", she said.

She also reiterated her strong opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, leaving herself little room for backtracking should she win the White House if it is taken up by the lame-duck Congress later this year.

In her remarks, Clinton chided Trump's companies for making clothing and other products overseas and unveiled a new web site that lists companies making similar products in the United States.

Eric Hernandez, 45, a union crane operator from Davison, Mich., said he had been on the fence about Clinton, but the speech impressed him.


"The answer is to finally make trade work for us, not against us", she said.

Trump said he had no intention of changing his inflammatory approach to presidential politics, pledging in a CNBC interview to "just keep doing the same thing I'm doing right now".

Clinton's vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, a Virginia senator, and his wife Anne Holton are set to release the last 10 years of their tax returns as well.

Trump has repeatedly said he won't release his until an ongoing IRS audit has been completed.

A source close to Clinton said she would soon release the return, supplementing the decades of returns she and her husband have already made public.

Prepared with "Hillary for Prison" T-shirts and handmade signs and "Make America Great Again" hats, protesters chanted for Clinton to end her bid for commander-in-chief as cars honked their horns passing by the group on 10 Mile. The source spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the plans in advance.


Her appearance follows Trump's own speech on the economy, which he also delivered in MI on Monday.

Clinton and her allies have stepped up pressure on Trump to release his taxes.

Critics, including 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, have blasted Trump for failing to disclose his tax rate and raised questions about what his returns say about his net worth and various business ties, particularly in Russian Federation.

More broadly, Clinton argued Thursday that Trump's economic plan is weighted too heavily toward helping the wealthy and corporations and that it would "balloon the national debt".

At an appearance in Miami Beach, Florida, hours before Clinton's speech, Trump said his rival "wants to tax and regulate our economy to death".


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