Hillary Clinton releases 2015 tax returns; putting pressure on Donald Trump

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2016

The events drew sharp criticism from her former Democratic opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and from Trump, both of whom accused her of being beholden to special interests. If you believe that he's as wealthy as he says, that alone would save the Trump family $4 billion.

Clinton praised the company that hosted her for being "on the front lines of what we hope will be a true manufacturing renaissance". She reiterated her strong opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, leaving herself little room for backtracking should she win the White House.

"I call it life", U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville), a Clinton supporter, said in defense of the candidate during an appearance on Boston Herald Radio.

The Clinton family enjoyed a nice boost in income in 2013, after Hillary Clinton left her job as Secretary of State and became a private citizen. He has charged that "a vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for TPP".

"The down to earth talk she used today I really liked", she said. "Everybody I know ... helps their friends", he said.

Vega also seemed impressed with the fact the Clinton campaign was releasing her tax returns, saying, "Her taxes could come tomorrow, the 2015 taxes". They were in awe of her campaign's "Olympics strategy" for attacking Donald Trump.

"He has failed to provide the public with the most basic financial information disclosed by every major candidate in the last 40 years", Clinton said in a statement issued by campaign spokesperson Jennifer Palmieri Friday. In some of those polls, she's leading by double digits (by 14 in Colorado and 13 in Virginia, according to new NBC News/Marist College polls). The source spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the plans in advance.

Her appearance follows a Trump speech on the economy, also in MI, on Monday.

Trump steered clear of mentioning his personal taxes Friday. Critics slammed Trump this week for appearing to suggest that gun-rights supporters could shoot Clinton to prevent her from appointing federal judges as president, and he drew criticism for standing by a false claim that President Barack Obama founded the Islamic State.

The release is part of an effort to undercut Trump's character by questioning the celebrity businessman's record.

Speaking to a crowd in the USA state of Detroit - where she unveiled her plans on global economic issues - Clinton said on Thursday the world's second largest economy had "gamed the system" for too long. "I oppose it now, I'll oppose it after the election, and I'll oppose it as president", Clinton said.

UPDATED: This story was updated to include comments from the Trump campaign. She said she wants to make trade deals work for the USA, not against it. While the state has not backed a Democrat for president since Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Trump himself acknowledged Thursday he is "having a tremendous problem in Utah".

Former Michigan Governor Jim Blanchard was among those on hand to hear Clinton's speech.

"That doesn't happen in third-world countries", Clinton said.

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