What information/records should a POTUS candidate have to release?

Four years ago the Obama campaign made a big deal about Hillary’s tax returns. When they were finally released it was a big nothing-burger. But it begs the question – What information/records should every POTUS candidate have to release prior to the election?

Should they have to show proof of constitutional eligibility? What about school transcripts? Medical records? Divorce files?

What should be required, what should be optional, and what records (if any) should be off-limits?

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18 Responses to What information/records should a POTUS candidate have to release?

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Good topic ! All of it. Or the National Enquirer/ Politico will do it for you.

    As the joke goes, if you can’t afford the Ancestory.com fees to learn about your family, just run for public office 😀

  2. yttik says:

    Everything about POTUS should be transparent. It would be nice if they left the children’s personal files alone, but that’s about it. It would also be nice if the media applied this rule equally, so everybody is held to the same standard.

  3. Anthony says:

    If you’re running for public office, then everything should be on the table.

    I don’t care if they find Jimmy Hoffa’s body in the trunk of Mitt’s car (with or without the dog on the roof) – I’m voting for him.


  4. driguana says:

    Everything relevant to the role of being president….constitutional eligibility records, including legitimate birth certificate, social security info, educational records and transcripts, health records, tax filings, stock holdings, political voting record, job history etc….leave the kids alone…wife is fair game…

  5. guest says:

    Romney should release an ad that lists all the records Obama sealed on the first day of his work and ask what he is hiding.

    • guest says:

      Just bringing attention to what he did on his first day of office and media’s complicity in not talking about it is enough.

      Romney should not be so defensive but just say all in good time.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Then the Dems will call Rom/GOP racist bullies, the Republicans will then piddle on the floor and roll on their backs. True story, that’s what McCain did.

  6. foxyladi14 says:

    we want it all!!!and we want it now!!!!!! 🙂

  7. votermom says:

    LOLOLOL at the DNC ad. Did I call it or what? The plan is to go negative against Mitt since they don’t have anything to run on.
    I’m hoping they take Mitt out too early and the GOP ends up with another nominee. (Um, but not Hunstman, I mean an actual GOPer)

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m still scratching my head why it’s such a big deal McCain (who Obama beat) is endorsing Mitt (who McCain beat) and is sending tingles up the GOP leadership’s legs !? Zzzzzzzzzzz……

      • catarina says:

        I don’t get it either. Who the fuck cares?

        McCain (with Romney) on Hannity last night: “…here’s how you win an election…”


  8. guest says:

    Well, Romney does well with this ad in SC on Obama’s recess appointments to NLRB. Who cares about his income tax returns — as usual DNC does not have a good game.

  9. Karma says:

    How lame….taking the ad back to his father. Someone thinks they are too cute ending with that picture. And all it brings to mind is how much Obama has hidden, both personally and professionally, and makes him look a bit sleazy bringing someone’s ‘Dad’ into it.

    The clip they provide is weak too, Romney sounds like he will show them later. ‘At this time’ does not mean never nor that someone is hiding something. The ad doesn’t even rate as a slap fight against Romney.

    But imagine if Romney produced an ad with Obama’s Dad in it? Heads would be exploding across the net screaming racist and Tingles could get all indignant again.

    To the question of what should be released. With all the top secret stuff the future pres will be privy to, candidates should be subjected to the same type of personal probes other govt workers have submitted to, except in the public domain. It sucks, but the office comes with nuclear codes.

  10. OldCoastie says:

    eh – we’re hiring them – give them a drug test and a credit check… school records? sure – why not…

    they work for us.

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