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

McCain wants to send Gramm to Minsk

CNN

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. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    This just shows us how far out of touch that McCain and his crooneys are – neither he nor his team understands what is going on. Maybe Gramm should just shut up – his comment insults every person in this country – we can now began to see what we will get if we should decide to elect McSame.

    July 10, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. @HusseinIsAmerican2

    I guess any republican surogate who speaks out on John McShame true intentions of calling americans "a nation of whinners" who are acutely going through "mental recession" would be thrown under the bus STRAIGHT TALK EXPRESS!

    John, we are whining americans about McBush FAILED ECONOMIC POLICIES.............send us all to Minks so that you alone & your botox wife and elitist children can inherit the good 'ole USA!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. RoRo

    why make fun of other countries?? what's up with that? first killing iranians and now Minsk!!
    Come On!!!!

    July 10, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. jake

    At-a-boy John , time to do some more flip-flopping.

    July 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. adm

    Yeah, right!

    July 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Keith in CA

    Just send him out in the U.S. to find a blue collar job with a decent wage and reasonable health benefits.

    July 10, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Doris,Memphis,TN

    John McCain is not loyal to Senator Gramm.
    He will not be loya to the American people.

    July 10, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Doris,Memphis,TN

    John McCain is not loyal to Senator Gramm.
    He will not be loyal to the American people.

    July 10, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. R.I.F.

    I guess he can just e-mail McCain his economic polies from there. It's funny how the media thinks that McCain's jokes are funny and just McCain being McCain. I'm sure the media's all ready to forgive and forget so they can focus there attention on more "important" matters like slamming Obama for wearing brown socks with a black suit or something.

    July 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Nando, Florida

    This is just July and Mccain is still a GRUMPY OLD MAN!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Ms. Sims

    Now where are all the Puma's(aka Republicans) screaming about McCain throwing people under the bus....

    July 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Hahaha...at least we have a candidate who has a good sense of humor compared to some not so funny or rather dry ones from the other side.

    July 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Caycee

    There you have it, another strategic part of McCain's foreign policy.

    July 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. OUT OF TOUCH!!!

    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? John and Phil have one thing in Common ...OUT OF TOUCH with AMERICA !!!!

    July 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. A buckeye

    The Grahams, Bushes, Limbaughs, and McCains all in Belarus would be good for this country.

    July 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. Mike from Westchester

    Can we make a list of all the people who we could send to Minsk in order to make the U.S. a better place? Let's start with Gramm, Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Black, Brown(y), in fact, the whole neo-con crowd, and last but not least..... McCain himself.

    Shouldn't we all be able to agree that someone who said “The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should” or refers to economic statistics as "confusing" should not be our President? What has he been doing in the Senate for 20 years? But what the heck, according to the McCain team the whole problem is really just in our heads, anyway..... RIGHT????

    Do I understand correctly that McCain performed even worse at the Naval Academy than Bush did at Yale? Village idiot, part 2? Been there, done that, let's not go there again .............. please!

    July 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. Linda31

    McCain you really need to stop with these horrible jokes. They are not funny!

    July 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. KenB, MI

    I've made some crude comments on these boards about McCain's campaign and right now I actually feel a little sorry for the Sen. The rats aren't jumping ship, they're driving the ship...dude, its not too late, get'em off the ship...although I'm still a Obama supporter.

    July 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. rupert gringo

    For Mr. Gramm and others who have benefited from Bush's Welfare Program for the Wealthy (Tax Cuts for the super rich, bail outs for banks, tax breaks for corporations that abandon America to go overseas where labor is cheaper, record profits for oil companies that had a hand in creating the economic policy of the Bush administration and now want to drill offshore because let's face it, they need the cash etc.), I'm sure they are feeling no economic pain.

    Vote for McCain and save the rich, greedy and corrupt. Afterall, isn't that what their America is all about?

    July 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. chris in va

    Why scorn him John, anyone with a brain knows that's how all Repugs feel about the financial suffering of america's citizens, "Let them eat cake!" The best way to let them feel our pain is to take care of business on November 4th. On November 5th you will hear them "whine" when THEY are unemployed!.

    July 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. Rick FL

    Oh you so funny, McCain. Yeah, go ahead and joke while the media tip-toes around this revelation. We common folk will just keep on whining in our mental state of recession. Sad.

    July 10, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. Kelly

    McCain has a Dry sense of humor but he is funny sometimes.
    He didn't just say that Gramm would not be involved instead he wants to send him to Belarus. That is funny.
    Give McCain a break! ! Everytime he tries to tell a joke the media criticizes him. He's not a comedian. His sense of humer seems to be more of a Satire. His jokes can Not be taken literally.
    The Media should Lighten Up.

    July 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. JIM...TX

    We'll see if McBush really threw Gramm under the bus or just pushed him off the curb...IF Johnny fires him from the campaign!

    July 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Marc from San Diego

    McCain's campaign is a joke. Senility seems to setting in already. It is time for a change – way overdo – we can't afford another 8 years with no leadership. The Republicans have sent us down a dreadful path – Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan must be turning over...

    July 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. scotty

    At least he told what he thinks Wright of the bat not 2 weeks later wityh a big televised speech like obama does and did with his good friend I even named a book after his sermon. Rev.

    July 10, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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