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. Pat in Cali

    McCain's poor judgment is linked to poor judgment.

    Gramm was his top economic adviser?! Wow. No wonder he knows so little about the economy. That explains a lot.

    You can be old and have a lot of experience and still be clueless enough to look for advice from someone who is clueless.

    July 10, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. David Goldman

    OH YEA, LET ME SEE NOW. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO

    FIND OUT WHO GRAMM WORKS FORE. IT'S NOT ME.

    ### O YEA HE IN FACT HE IS THE MCBUSH ECONOMIC ADVISER ##

    July 10, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  3. Tom

    Birds of a feather "advise" together. True colors come shining through.

    July 10, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  4. Michelle from Colorado

    Ha Ha ha. Now we know that all the presidential nominees throw their friends under the bus. But why did you use these fools to begin with. Think, people, if both McCain and Nobama need to throw their aides under the bus, doesn't that make them the idiots who picked these aides in the first place? Or is this like a card game? whoever threw less people under the bus is the winner?

    July 10, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. The T

    30mins on Jesses Jackson and 2mins on Phil Gramm...What happen too CNN fair and un-bias I don't thinh so anymore

    July 10, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. NoBushThirdTerm.com

    Did he laugh at his own joke? I find that really, really creepy. Anyone else? He.... he, he. Kind of like one of those weird pale lizards you see under rocks.

    July 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Rob

    Please–he should be sent to prison for being an idiot

    July 10, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  8. PCS / North Carolina

    McCain the warmonger, who voted against the GI bill. !!
    He is not a Vet, he is a traitor of the Vets.

    July 10, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. John in PA

    Maybe John McCain and Phil Gramm can open a small business together after they lose the election. They can call it WEINERS FOR WHINERS! Obviously McCain will be the president.

    July 10, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. bias

    It's amazing as you scroll down the ticker how CNN is hyping this up to make it look so much bigger than it is. Almost every posting on the ticker has a negative McCain slant and a positive Obama slant. It was the same in the primary except for Hillary was the one being bashed. I see that CNN has not gotten off the Obama bandwagon one bit. For that reason and a whole host of others, this Hillary supporter will be voting for John McCain

    July 10, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. Debby, NJ

    BARACK THE VOTE
    MCSHAME IS TOAST !!

    July 10, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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