Biden and Harris release tax returns ahead of debate

Ruben Fields
September 30, 2020

Mr Biden's campaign said his running mate, Kamala Harris, was also releasing her 2019 tax returns, filed jointly with her husband Doug Emhoff, a lawyer who has taken leave from his position as a partner with the firm DLA Piper.

The campaign also released the 2019 tax returns for Biden's running mate Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff, showing they paid $1.18 million on more than $3.2 million in income previous year.

Kate Bedingfield, Biden's deputy campaign manager and communications director, told reporters that the timing of the release was meant to contrast Biden's "honesty and transparency" with Trump's refusal over many years to make his own tax returns public.

Ms Harris and Mr Emhoff reported receiving $3.1 million in adjusted gross income and paid more than $1 million in federal taxes.

The focus is on whether Trump, who belongs to the Republican party, can roll back the momentum gained by former vice president Biden, who leads in the polls.

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Vice President Mike Pence released tax returns through 2015 during the 2016 campaign but hasn't released any since. "Mr President, release your tax returns or shut up".

Writing on Twitter, Trump said: "The Fake News Media, just like Election time 2016, is bringing up my Taxes & all sorts of other nonsense with illegally obtained information & only bad intent".

The combustible Trump and more low-key Biden will debate an array of urgent political challenges, including a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States and thrown millions out of work, a brewing battle over Trump's nomination of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and continued protests for racial justice.

"We are looking to get together and have a peaceful demonstration and talk about the issues as it relates to Cleveland", she said.

Mr. Biden's team said he's not wearing an earpiece and that the Trump campaign asked moderator Chris Wallace not to mention the number of deaths from COVID-19 during the debate.

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