July 10th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain wants to send Gramm to Minsk


Watch McCain's comments on Gramm.

(CNN) - Just how much distance does presumptive Republican nominee John McCain want to put between himself and the unfortunate headlines surrounding top economic adviser Phil Gramm?

Apparently, at least an ocean’s worth.

Campaigning in Michigan, McCain was asked just how big a role Gramm had played in the formulation of his economic plan – and just how much influence the former Texas senator would have if Republicans held on to the White House. “Is there any chance he would be your Treasury secretary, or play a significant economic policy making role in a McCain administration?” asked one reporter.

The Arizona senator replied that Gramm’s influence might be limited to a corner of Eastern Europe.

“I think Senator Gramm would be in serious consideration for ambassador to Belarus,” joked McCain, “although I’m not sure the citizens of Minsk would welcome that.”

The distance between Livonia, Michigan and Minsk is around 5,000 miles.

Filed under: John McCain • Phil Gramm
soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Marc PDX

    Maybe Obama would like to send his three clergy friends along for the ride as well? (Wright, Jackson, and Pfleger – the three wise men)

    July 10, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Jon

    There was some truth to what Gramm said, even though he went in the completely wrong way to make his point. When the media and economists say that the US is heading into a recession, so everyone should stop spending money, a recession becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    July 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Grow some stones, McCain

    Grow a pair, McCain. Gramm's right.

    The nation that fought the Nazi and Imperial Japanese war machines... the nation that struggled through a Democrat-induced Great Depression... the nation that fought a bitter internal war to free the enslaved within our own borders... the nation that took a hell of a gamble and freed itself from Imperial Brisith rule... this great nation that did all those things has been reduced to whining about not having a third iPod. We are indeed the spoiled children our grandparents said would become.

    July 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Tom, St. Paul

    Hey, all you personal-loyalty-trumps-all types who seem to gravitate to the Republican Party: What do you think of THIS?? He threw Gramm right under the bus! Your guy is not standing by his guy! What a traitor, right?? How can you possibly support McCain now??

    July 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. K Mansfield, NY, NY

    McCain's sense of humor is lacking in one key area: funny. Do we really have to wait until November for this to end?

    July 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Ralph

    Seems like the McCain Campaign is in for yet another shakeup.

    July 10, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Robert, Long Beach, CA

    Phil Gramm should be forced to live on an income that is just $1 above the federal poverty level. He will certainly be mental before the month is out!

    July 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Chris from San Antonio

    This is his economic advisor, folks. Don't think for one minute that Gramm doesn't influence McCain in this regard.

    July 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Turnabout is Fair Play

    And be sure to go with him, never to return McGreasyface. You already admitted you know nothing about the economy so get out and STAY OUT.

    July 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. D&D

    Now he's trying to bury his TOP economic advisor to cover up the mess he has caused? Not nice grandpa!

    July 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Will-South Dakota

    He's just echoing what Bush/Cheney and 7 years have done to this country, and what McCain will continue. Do any of these guys do their own grocery shopping, fill and pay for their own gasoline, do they know what food costs in small towns all over this country? So OUT OF TOUCH WITH REAL AMERICANS.

    July 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Griff

    See Jessie Jackson spoke the truth, but because somone heard. They want to change the Word.... "The Word is Truth'..
    John 'Man of the Moment McCain is also the truth... If it had been John overheard what would CNN have said...

    July 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Rose

    Oh, go on McCain and try to joke your way out of this one. I hope CNN has soundbites of Gramm that they can play for 3 solid weeks.

    And to think that McCain tried to put the elitist label on Obama.

    July 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Franky

    Uh-Oh. someones getting "whacked!" LOL!!!! Zoom..............zoom!! LOL!!!

    July 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Duckula


    -what an out of touch, adulterous, senile elitist.

    July 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Pam

    Maybe he can send Gramm cigarettes to kill him.

    July 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. anti-republican!

    perhaps mccain should go,as well.

    July 10, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Mike

    Vote for this guy America if you want to see what being a politician/lying is all about. Gramm will be his closest advisor doing things to McCain that we havent seen since Monica and Bill.

    July 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. KE

    PUMA and the other Hillary coalition is only the tip of the iceberg. They probably will run along the McCain ship with no problem if the Hillary ship is not sailing but the Obama ship might crash into it.

    July 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Simz

    Sheesh McLame!!! You are throwing this guy under the bus worse than Obama and Rev Wright. Atleast Wright wasn't a top level official! Dr. Phil Gramm WROTE YOUR ECONOMIC POLICY and MADE AN ELITIST COMMENT ABOUT AMERICANS CONCERNING THE ECONOMY. It time for Dr. Phil and Charlie's War Black to GOOOOO!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. linda from South Dakota

    maybe its justme but it seems mccain sure has alot of trouble with his campaign people,, this one goes or quits and this or that one mis-quotes,, ummmm if he ccant keep reliable people in his campaign them how does he plan on runnin this country??? Ill stick with obama,,,

    July 10, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Ya support your people. Is he not one that has ALL THIS EXPERIECE that you would have us believe that we will get from you Sen. McCain ???? This speaks volumes for your judgement and character accessment. You sir are not tricking us this time. We have been Had by the Republicans since 2000.....we will NOT fall for it again.

    July 10, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Gary H

    That's a pretty good responce by McCain. Not a fan but that is pretty funny!

    July 10, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. jim

    do we really want another fool who surrounds himself with a ship full of idiots? come on america, let's make some real change happen. vote obama. honestly, this mccain fellow is nothing more than another bush term. we can't afford that. we can afford to try someone new, like obama. he's what we need right now. change. not more of the same old same old with mcbush.

    July 10, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. Susan, PA

    he should go along with him.....

    July 10, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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