Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley called for more transparency from his opponent, Sen. (D) Claire McCaskill during a campaign stop today. Hawley called for both candidates to release their tax returns. The visit was part of Hawley’s so-called “working tour” of campaign stops appealing to middle-class workers.
Hawley said Missouri voters deserve to know how candidates manage their finances.
“I think she owes it to them,” Hawley said. “I think she owes everybody an accounting of what she has done as U.S. senator and how it is that she’s gotten so rich while she has been neglecting what the people sent her to do."
Both candidates have now released their 2017 tax returns, according to the Associated Press. According to the tax report, McCaskill brought in $86,000 in addition of her $174,000 salary. While McCaskill claimed $89,000 in deductions, she did not release a detailed list. She filed separately from her husband.
Hawley filed a joint return with his wife and had a gross income of about $296,000. They claimed about $39,000 in itemized deductions.
Hawley spoke about issues such as healthcare during his speech, and said he would lower the cost of healthcare.
Kat Cunningham, owner of healthcare company Moresource, said she thinks Hawley is business-friendly. Cunningham said her clients are concerned about providing healthcare plans to employees. She said she thinks there needs to be changes to the healthcare system.
“I think some of our clients are concerned about whether they will be able to continue to provide healthcare to their employees,” Cunningham said.
McCaskill is among 10 Senate Democrats up for re-election this year in states that were won by President Donald Trump.