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Kaine Spreads Falsehoods About The History Of Presidential Candidate Tax Return

- October 4, 2016

POLITIFACT: KAINE IS “MOSTLY FALSE”

Politifact Rated Kaine’s Statement That Nixon Released His Tax Returns When Running For President As “Mostly False”

Politifact Rated Kaine’s Statement That “Even Richard Nixon Released His Tax Returns To The Public When He Was Running For President” As Mostly False. “Kaine said, ‘Even Richard Nixon released his tax returns to the public when he was running for president ...’ Nixon never released his tax returns during a presidential campaign. But there is a kernel of truth in Kaine’s statement. Nixon released his full returns when he already was president, to quell controversy over his taxes. Also while running in 1968, he allowed a reporter to examine his returns, but beyond that limited circumstance, there’s no record that Nixon opened his tax forms to the general public. While Kaine’s statement has an element of truth, it ignores facts that would create a different impression. We rate his statement Mostly False.” (Sean Gorman, “Tim Kaine Wrongly Says Richard Nixon Released Tax Returns During Campaign,” Politifact, 8/22/16)

  • Kaine “Said Trump’s Refusal To Release His Forms Is A Break From Past GOP Nominees.” “Kaine, a U.S. senator from Virginia and the Democratic vice presidential nominee, said Trump’s refusal to release his forms is a break from past GOP nominees, including one who Kaine said was not known for his ethics. ‘Even Richard Nixon released his tax returns to the public when he was running for president because he said, as has every major party nominee of both parties since, the American public have a right to see my tax returns,’ Kaine told a crowd during a Manchester, N.H., rally on Aug. 13. We weren’t aware that Nixon released his tax returns while he was on the campaign trail.” (Sean Gorman, “Tim Kaine Wrongly Says Richard Nixon Released Tax Returns During Campaign,” Politifact, 8/22/16)
  • The Clinton Campaign Pointed To Articles About Nixon’s Tax Disclosures, But Politifact Found That Nixon’s Tax Returns From 1969 Through 1972 “Were Not Released While Nixon Was Running For President.” “Sarah Peck, the Virginia director of communications for the Clinton campaign, pointed us to news articles and other sources about Nixon’s tax disclosures. We also looked at the website for the Presidential Tax History Project, which is run by Tax Analysts, a Falls Church-based nonprofit that specializes in tax issues. That group has compiled tax returns online for past presidents and major-party presidential nominees. On the group’s website, you’ll find copies of Nixon’s tax returns from 1969 through 1972. But there’s a catch. Those returns were not released while Nixon was running for president. They were released in December 1973, a year after he was re-elected.” (Sean Gorman, “Tim Kaine Wrongly Says Richard Nixon Released Tax Returns During Campaign,” Politifact, 8/22/16)
  • Politifact Found No Record Of Nixon Releasing Tax Returns During His Two Other Runs For The Presidency. “We couldn’t find any record of Nixon releasing tax returns during his two other runs for the presidency - in 1960, against John F. Kennedy, or in his 1972 re-election bid against George McGovern. Thorndike said that, to his knowledge, Nixon didn’t release his returns during those campaigns. Mihm also told us he’s not aware of Nixon releasing his tax returns during any of his presidential campaigns.” (Sean Gorman, “Tim Kaine Wrongly Says Richard Nixon Released Tax Returns During Campaign,” Politifact, 8/22/16)

 


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