July 18th, 2008
07:45 PM ET
10 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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  1. Caycee

    I guess Phil will be taking his well-deserved trip to Belarus soon after Obama leaves Europe.

    July 18, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. Stephen of Red Bluff, CA

    Why is McGoo and the GOP trying to make Obama appear out-of-touch by making this trip overseas? Has everyone forgotten McGoo's oh-so-important trip to Colombia and Canada last month?? At least Obama is going some place relevant.

    July 18, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  3. Phil, FL

    Too late – you've already told us what the republicans all talk about behind our backs.

    You steal our money and call us whiners. We won't forget.

    Speaking of forgetting – McWarmonger forgot he is supposed to vote FOR vets and their benefits, not AGAINST them.

    You old men need to retire and let the new, innovative, INTELLIGENT young people get on with correcting what you all have done to this country for decades !!

    July 18, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. Diing in Washington

    Why in the name of God would Senator McCain leak Senator Obama's trip to Iraq?.

    July 18, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. rachae

    It's what they are all saying that the it is in our head. It's the republican line. I have heard several of them say it. Bush said the economy is fine just this week.

    July 18, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. lizfor hillary clinton

    we are a nation of whiners what is the BIG DEAL...look at what barack has said about the REST of us...remember rev. wright and that whole mess...how nice that that was swept under the carpet......

    July 18, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. Boston For OBAMA

    Wow............how many more rats are going to flee the sinking ship?

    July 18, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. Phil, FL

    By the way – I'm bitter about these rethugs and how they have financially raped us. But then, they think if it's inevitable we should just lay back and enjoy it.

    Wake up people. The rethugs are for the rethugs !!!!!

    July 18, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. CD

    Lisa you low life loser go get a life and leave Obama alone! Obama this Obama that. Now I know why your husband ran away from you.

    July 18, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. LT for Obama

    This all seems so familiar.... oh yeah, the primary season. McCain just does not seem to have learned the lessons of the mistakes that were made by the Clinton campaign. History repeats itself.

    July 18, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Sue

    He may resign, but we will not forget. The Gramm voodoo economic policy is the one McBush has to stick to because he is bought and paid for by the big corporations!

    July 18, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. Peachy Keen

    I'm really curious why it took them so long to get rid of the guy. Frankly, I feel McCain agrees with everything Gramm said. McCain, who lives off of his wifes millions, doesn't have a clue about what the rest of us are going thru. On the other hand, Obama comes from poverty and is a self made man. He just paid off his student loans last year. He knows what affect the economy is having on all of us.

    July 18, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. buggin' out

    bye, mickeyfickey!! don't let the doorknob hit ya!!

    i read an article about your POV, sir- and you said that if you're poor, it's your own fault-


    let them eat cake, phil?

    anyway, see ya!

    July 18, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It sure took McCain a long time to get rid of him. Just another example of what kind of administration McCain would run, just like George W. Bush. Bush kept Rumsfeld long after Rumsfeld said our troops go to war with what they have after they had asked for better equipment. Did McCain step in and disagree with Rumsfeld no, he stayed silent. Disgrace, McCain is suppose to be an American War Hero and wouldn't step up to the plate to demand our troops had what they needed. Yes, McCain, the same person that says he is better prepared to be CinC, I don't think so.

    July 18, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  15. Vig

    And another one bites the dust.

    July 18, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. Fact CHECK!!!!

    LISA……..Obama doesn't care about the American people all he cares about is his ego, his wife and his kids. He threw all of his friends under the bus, Hillary and Bill, African Americans, health care, iraq, all for some votes and power
    Lisa………There is no help for you…….SURE he cares about his WIFE and KIDS……you care about your family………Hillary, BILL African American Health Care and Iraq are very important to him and is a par this campaign …..have you had your medication TODAY
    TO LISA -- he called Americans "a nation of whiners."!!!!!!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. Bulldog

    But the real question is does McCain change the McCain economic policies that Gramm wrote?

    July 18, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. colene

    I just got my electric bill and i am whining too loud. Maybe i am whining because i don't have a lot of money and can't vote myself a raise when i think i need one. We as american citizens should vote to take our country back.

    July 18, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. John

    We're a nation of whiners because our politicians won't do what we want them to, no matter how much we whine. I say we get rid of the politicians and the nations. That's what the Metagovernment is all about.

    July 18, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. This whole dang party's....out of controoooool

    He didn't "step down." McCain threw him under the bus. Just doesn't want to admit it.

    July 18, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. Brian

    "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."

    Wow a US Senator did that?...... Another Republican Lie.... go join the Swift Truth Squad Liar!

    July 18, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. Bulldog

    Gramm who is responsible for the Enron Loophole that has a huge part of our high gas prices. Gramm who wrote McCain's mortage crisis policies while at the same time was lobbying for UBS Bank in Washington on the mortgage crisis. Gramm whose wife was on the board of directors at Enron for less than a year, made a million dollars, and personally helped with the energy crisis and collapse of Enron. McCain actually took this guy as his co-chair and top economic advisor. So where is this great experience we here about? All of the above.

    July 18, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  23. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Breaking News!!

    Phil Gramm has been kicked off of the "Crooked Talk Express."
    Word has it he was clinging to a tire when John McCain shifted
    gears. What a loss for our economy!

    July 18, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  24. SLS

    John McCain, is attacking Barack Obama helping your depression? BOOOOOOOOOOO..................

    July 18, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  25. The Truth hurts

    As a hedge fun manager here in NY, I agree with Phil Gramm, You are all 'whiners' ....

    McCain 08

    July 18, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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