July 18th, 2008
07:45 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain supporter Gramm steps down after 'whiners' comment

Former Sen. Phil Gramm looks on as Sen. McCain speaks at a campaign event in this file photo.
Former Sen. Phil Gramm looks on as Sen. McCain speaks at a campaign event in this file photo.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Republican Sen. Phil Gramm said Friday he is stepping down as co-chairman of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign after comments in which he called Americans "a nation of whiners."

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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. jl

    MUCH TOO LATE!!!

    THIS REPUBLICAN "WHINER" WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR MCCAIN!

    July 18, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. psittacines

    But he will continue working behind the scenes to formulate McBush's economic policies...:(

    July 18, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Lisa

    He was talking about Obama!!

    July 18, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Frank Lee

    Yeah, right.

    Old turtle-head Gramm will be behind the screen, pulling the strings for McCain, just like always.

    July 18, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Wow! Phil Gramm I wonder if he is whining now?

    July 18, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. Andrew from Illinois

    McCain can't keep any part of his campaign together.

    July 18, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. Shawna

    Another McCain shake up, soon he won't have any supporter, or friends of the campaign.

    July 18, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Great!

    One bad egg is gone. One more is left to go. Now it is time for Senator McCain to push Charlie Black out of the nest. Charlie Black is evil! Next!

    July 18, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. Tom

    Doesn't that make him a quitter?

    July 18, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. Franky

    Is O.K guys, you can speak to how you feel. I don't care anymore...

    July 18, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. Elitist in OH

    HMMMM the late Friday, hope no one notices anouncement...so last year

    July 18, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. David Newport, OR

    As he should...what a disgrace.

    July 18, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. Informed Voter

    "Stepping Down" .. hmm .. nice use of words

    July 18, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. ERD in NC

    I agree with him on that!

    July 18, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Tony

    As a loyal Chicago resident, I can't help but wonder why no one discusses that our fair Senator has let taxes hike to 10.25%. If he lets that happen in his own community, I'm scared of what he will do with an entire country.

    July 18, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. LYNETTE IN CA

    At this point, it doesn't matter! McCain will lose anyway.

    OBAMA '08 / '12

    July 18, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  17. Whiners!!!

    PHIL GRAMM is stepping down after calling AMERICANS A nation of
    WHINERS.......He should take McCAIN with him. McCain is DISGRACE TO his PARTY !!!

    July 18, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. gina

    Now, if we could McWar to step down also!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  19. Aaron

    Too late! The Republicans have proven they're the "let them eat cake." party over the last eight years. Gramm just forgot and said it out loud. Good riddance to all the ones we can vote out in November!

    July 18, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. California Independent

    It is disappointing to hear a surrogate make such negative, ignorant stereotypes of the American people. I'm glad he's gone. At least candidate McCain didn't do like Obama himself did and call the American people bitter, clingy and having antipathy towards those that don't look like them (racist.) At least candidate McCain's wife didn't do like Obama's wife and call the American people sloths, cynics and mean.

    July 18, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. Lana

    He should have stepped down the minute this came out not days later.

    July 18, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Jason, Los Angeles

    I certainly don't support McCain, but this is too bad: we are a nation of whinners. We whine when we have to pay for gas; we whine when we have to pay $5/gal for milk; we whine when our cities as us to recycle; we whine when we're asked not to be lazy and help our nation's poor. We only care about ourselves, and the world is much too big for such a kindergarten world view.

    July 18, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Phil Gramm is a disgrace to Goobers and Inbred’s every where

    July 18, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. Kyle in San Diego

    Good riddance! Now who's whining?! LoL... But honestly, McCain's campaign is slowly falling apart at the seams. Soon his "campaign staff" will consist of him, Cindy, and Mitt sitting in a room scratching their heads.

    July 18, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. Bruce Ewing

    It's so sad that a man can't speak his mind, make a comment, in this ridiculously political correct society of ours wihout having to step down from a political position.

    July 18, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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