Cindy McCain made crystal clear today that she has no plans to release her tax returns -- now while her husband is the presumptive Republican nominee, or later if she becomes first lady.
"This is a privacy issue. My husband is the candidate," she said in an interview aired on NBC's "Today" show.
Asked if she would release her tax returns if John McCain wins the presidency, she replied flatly: "No."
Under pressure after both Democratic hopefuls released their joint tax returns, McCain last month disclosed his, which showed he earned about $405,000 last year and donated about one-fourth of it to charity.
But his campaign made clear then it had no plans to release financial involving his wife, saying that they had signed a prenuptial agreement that keeps most of her assets in her name and that they had kept their personal finances separate for the entire 28-year marriage.
That doesn't satisfy the Democratic National Committee, which issued a blistering statement.
"What is John McCain trying to hide?" Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said in a statement. "Throughout this campaign, he has acted like his own calls for openness and accountability apply to everyone but himself. Now he thinks he can bring that same double standard to the White House."
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