Joe Biden, Democratic candidate for president of the United States. (The Associated Press)
Cleveland – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden published his statement to the Treasury last year on Tuesday and revealed that he paid $ 300,000 in federal taxes, a figure that contrasts with the $ 750 that United States President Donald Trump paid in 2016, when won the elections.
Biden's campaign released the candidate's tax documents hours before the first televised debate with Trump, embroiled in a new scandal after The New York Times revealed on Sunday that he has barely paid taxes in recent years and that he faces debt worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
In a call with the press, the campaign communication director, Kate Bedingfield, revealed the publication by Biden and his wife, Jill, of their tax return for the year 2019, so that so far they have disclosed the 22 year old statements.
“This historic level of transparency seeks to give people faith about their leaders, that they must take care of them and not seek their own benefit,” Bedingfield said.
The documents show that Biden and his wife, Jill, reported having an adjusted gross income of $ 985,233 and, as a result, paid $ 300,000 in federal taxes in 2019, a year in which the former vice president focused on his election campaign for the White House.
Democratic vice presidential hopeful Senator Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, also released their 2019 tax return today, allowing US citizens to access their returns for their last 15 years to find out how much they paid. to the treasury.
Trump, who for years has refused to make his tax returns public, has called the information revealed by The New York Times “fake news”, but without giving details.
Specifically, according to the newspaper, Trump paid only $ 750 for federal income tax in 2016, when he won the election, and in his first year in the White House he disbursed the same amount of $ 750, which is very small. compared to the fortune he is believed to have amassed in his real estate deals.
Tonight's debate, the first of three to be held by the two presidential candidates, will begin at 9:00 pm and will be held in the city of Cleveland, in the key state of Ohio.
This will be the first time that Trump and Biden have seen each other since the presidential campaign began, which, added to the scarcity of face-to-face electoral events derived from the COVID-19 pandemic, has raised expectations for the debate.
In these last hours before the debate, the Trump campaign has questioned the rules of the meeting. Specifically, in a statement, the Republican's campaign criticized Biden for allegedly requesting “multiple breaks” during the debate and stated that the former vice president has refused to have his ears inspected to see if he has any electronic device for which he would supposedly receive instructions.
In response and manifestly irritated, the Democratic nominee's communications director denied that Biden is wearing any electronic gadgets and said he has not asked for any breaks during the debate.
“This is pathetic,” Bedingfield said, adding: “We expect nothing less from the Trump campaign. He is a president who has done nothing to be re-elected. Instead of focusing on the things that matter, he's trying to do these pathetic things to distract. “
The United States elections will be held on November 3 and, at the moment, Biden has a 50.3% approval at the national level, while Trump accumulates 43.2%, according to the average of surveys of the FiveThirtyEight website.