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. Ken

    McCain is a loser, Answer the serious question with a serious answer Mr. Minsk

    July 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Beth, VA

    Understand this....Hillary hates Barack Obama. The only reason she's campaigning with him is to get her money back.

    I'm not giving a red cent, and I understand so far Barack's supporters have only given her less than $100,000. I hope it stays that way. Nothing for someone who ignored the fact that it was mathematically impossible for her to win, stayed in the race and ran up her debt. My 81 year old dad got it right when he said he didn't know if it was arrogance or vanity.

    WINNER= Barack Obama.

    July 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. vick

    mccain you are a warmonger go home!!!!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Pat Riot

    Uhh doesn't Phil Gramm have a Ph.D in economics from one of the better social studies colleges in America? Didn't he teach economics for several years and write a few books? Kids, he is right. The government can't and shouldn't try to step in. Look at what they have done with everything else. The reason food and gas is expensive is because the Democratic congress and Pres. Bush are spending us into a nightmare. They are rapidly inflating the dollar by counterfeit. More government = more spending =inflation = higher taxes = less money in your pocket. Stop whining and do something about it! Work harder, get these people out of office, be responsible with your money. We can pull through this as a nation but the only way to do it is with elbow grease and limited government!

    July 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Charlotte

    Hillary Clinton, my choice for POTUS. I will write her name on my ballot in November, along with a whole lot of others.

    July 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. David Goldman

    GRAMM, BUSH, CHANEY, MCBUSH & ALL THAT PACK

    OF BOYS MAKE MILLIONS, UPON, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

    PER YEAR & SPEND OUT TAX DOLLARS. THEY COULD

    NOT CARE LESS IF A GALLON OF GAS COSTS $100. THEY

    DO NOT FEEL IT IN THE SLIGHTEST. BUSH DIDN'T KNOW

    THE PRICE. THEY NEED TO GET ELECTED TO OFFICE IN

    ORDER TO HAVE ACCESS TO TAX DOLLARS & LOBBYISTS.

    July 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. Foreign observer

    It´s a bit like French revolution: They have no bread ! Why they worry – they should eat cake. " Such whiners".

    July 10, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. Orange

    Okay, what he said is not nice, actually very inconsiderate, at the same time for any opportuntist who wants to buy a house things have not looked better in years. Prices are down, there are fabulous deals , it just could be the advantage that may make a difference to your financial status in the many years ahead. The golden rule is sell when it is high, but buy when it is low. Our real estate prices are on sale, time to go shopping. This guy works for UBS and they are now out buying.

    July 10, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. Generation X

    Everyone, you have to forgive Belle and Jan FL, they are paid Republican trolls and don't mean what they say regarding Obama. Both need a job and blog for McCain. We all forgive you ladies.

    July 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    McCain and Gramm both need to leave the country, they both are way out of touch with Americans as a whole.

    July 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. Jan

    To independent American–you can't have it both ways–Obama and his sarcastic jokes are legend on serious matters–you have to vote for someone–will it be Mr McCain with experience and unbelievable patriotism or Obama with "words just words"?

    July 10, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. whiner

    i apologize for whining, phil,but ,i had to call in sick today,because i cant afford gas to work,and milk for my babies.

    July 10, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Jan/Michigan

    Love Dr Phil–Love John McCain--

    July 10, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. Roger from CA

    I will be distinctly angry if the press and/or the public lets this outrageous statement go, especially after the mileage Obama's opponents got out the misconstrued, out-of-context "bitter" voters remarks.

    UNLIKE OBAMA'S COMMENTS:

    1. This was not taken out of context as part of some hatchet job by a political opponent: this appeared in the Washington Times–perhaps the single most conservative newspaper in the country.

    2. Phil Gramm cannot claim to speak only for himself. He is recognized as a senior adviser on economic and other domestic advisor to McCain. He doesn't go "off the clock" during a political campaign. I will be outrageous if McCain escapes taking the full brunt of the impact of this remark.

    This is simply proof positive that the Repubs generally, and the McCain camp in particular, are completely out of touch with the public.

    I just hope that there is at least audio and, hopefully, video of this interview. If so, then (without any hyperbole) McCain is toast!!

    July 10, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. Janey for McCain/Hillary

    Hey, Aware–keep posting–they sometimes put us on–I love your comment –we need to keep the competition going–I am tired of far left liberals having the bulk of the comments on this blog. Onward and Upward–for Patriotic Amweicans.

    July 10, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Erik S

    To the commenter who's tag was "Grow some stones, McCain" You speak the truth, we are as weak as our grandparents feared we would be, to listen to the children on this board you would think the world had ended. When I think of the hardships that my parents went through, what is happening now I consider a bump in the road by comparison.

    July 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Real person for Obama.

    You are bounch of whinners, or not?

    Well I think Phil blame you for losing your job or paying too much to fill up your vehicle.

    Ohhh Mccain wants to believe he voted for every thing that he think Obama should have participated on.

    Do't blame cnn, they have to respect the old man. You know old Mccain will not win the election, so they don't want to be blame for his lost.

    Be real here, do you really think Mccain will win general election?

    Mccain is old and can't run a clean campaign. He foregot too many important issues and he wants to run his campaign around security ,war and lies.

    It clear people, if you want war vote Mccain. Mccain has no idea about economic.

    July 10, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Jan

    Please, Cnn, do not moderate my comments–you need competition to stay in business–Obama supporters already have the advantage because they don't work! What happens after the election to your viewers if you have biased moderaters?

    July 10, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. BretC

    Compare the two:

    Gramm is right about all these whiners ! We've gotten exactly what we voted for the last 2 Elections. So what's to gripe about ? It'll all work out in the long run if we elect McCain.

    Obama thinks we're Bitter. He talks down to Women and Blacks, not to mention what he says about White America. He'll take us all down.

    The choice is obvious: Vote McCain so that America remains strong by continuing Bush policies ! Don't worry about any differences, those are just to fool the Dems and the Independants. He stick to the Bush truth as a true Republican.

    July 10, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. What if?

    So I guess it was a joke when McCain said he would distance himself from Bush, since he find this such a BIG joke. We are not buying anymore of your true, sorry jokes……

    Jesse Jackson is a has been and want 15 mins of fame on Obama time…nothing more….

    July 10, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Joydev@msn.com

    The individuals backing McCain care little anybody who is not within that top 1% income bracket. Don't be folled by all this "maverick" and "straight talk" nonsense. Instead, look at the interests McCain truly represents and you'll see how his policies aren't going to do squat for Americans who have to work for a living..

    July 10, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. mk

    Incredible bad taste and judgement, McCain!

    July 10, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Does, mccain have anyone young on his campaign.? or is it full of old rich republicans?

    Poor mcain, he is getting it from the left and from the right. No better for him, for not going to his old buddy Helms funeral, but sent cindy instead.
    Shame, shame, shame!

    July 10, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. California Gold

    So now he's offending an Minsk and that region of the planet entire hemisphere by joking of sending Gramm to them. Ok, now you've insulted voters with familial ties to that area.

    I hope Barack Obama sends John McCain to Minsk with the goal of convincing them to drill for oil.

    July 10, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. David Goldman

    BY THE WAY, ITS A GOOD IDEA TO SEND GRAMM TO

    MINSK & MCMORON TO GO WITH HIM. SURE AS HELL

    HE WON'T BECOME PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY.

    July 10, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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