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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  1. vicki

    McCain is looser and can't keep his stuff together. McCain has a WRONG decisions and judgment and EVERYTHING and copying ALL from Barack. Your attacks will NOT work this election.

    July 18, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. Shame

    California Independent -whatever! What you just said is so so lame and – he said that PA people were bitter, clinging to guns and religion -he said nothing about "people who don't look like them". Where did you get that from? He said the country was mean – meaning we need to start treating our citizens better than we are doing now.

    Unreal how when you really hate someone (like you do) – you will go to any means to twist the words.

    Don't get me started on McCain – I am not even going to go there – I can go on and on. And Cindy is no angel – I can recall some dishonest thingS that she has done that the media continues not to report like the addiction to pain killers in which she stole from the group in which she was helping. Please don't get me started.

    July 18, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. Franky

    Come and think about it, I think I was responsible for it!! Hmmmmm, it seems to me that I should be more critical more often. Plus, this ain't the first time I got someone out the door.......ohhh yeah, with my crazy theories!! LOL!!!

    July 18, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. give me a break!

    California Independent, "sloths, cynics and mean" we should add dumb to that list, we elected georgie boy TWICE!!!!!! and now we're actually giving credence to his sidekick, McCain

    I can't believe a republican is even allowed to run after what they've done to this country, it's criminal

    bring on the third Bush term, we deserve it.......if we can't see past our own bigotry and actually elect a thinking man with much sounder judgement than those two then we deserve everything we get

    Obama '08

    July 18, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. Texans for Obama

    Goodbye, who cares. Can he please take McCain with him?

    July 18, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. Ratgurl

    Gramm didn't step down... McCain was BUSTED still having meetings with him after he claimed to have distanced himself from Gramm for his comments about our nation of so-called whiners.

    LIAR!!!

    July 18, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. rexx

    Talk about overblown reaction. Of course the Leftist press and the lefties on here will throw their little temper tantrums. If every time one of Obama's cronies resigned after saying saying something stupid there would be no one left to advise him. In fact HE would be gone long ago too. The socialist whiners.

    July 18, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. GM From MN

    That fumbducker should be thrown in jail for this mess he has created. The housing market collaspe due to his deregulation and the enron loophole allowing dark markets for the drive up of energy sources.

    July 18, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. gm

    Too late, damage done.

    July 18, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. popeye

    Seems to me he's whining!

    Easy to call others whiners when you get your transportation, food, clothing and housing subsidized by American taxpayers.
    At least when he was in Congress.

    I guess he is the example of a "True Patriot".
    Yea, he was talking about members of Congress..........not!
    Just another example of how detached politicians are from the real world.

    July 18, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  11. Mike

    Good! Mccain showing his patriotism and no BS attitude, Give em heck sir.

    You've all started to forget. Time heals all? more like time blinds all.
    Obama is already a failure
    Mccain '08

    July 18, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. Tim

    Stepping down??? I guess that makes it easier to be run over. McSame threw him under the bus. Doesn't matter, the damage is already done!!! We will not forget that comment.

    July 18, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. McCain=the draft

    He'll work behind the scene.
    McCain is all smoke and mirrors.

    July 18, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. Carl Rove Tricks

    If we're going to keep talking about obama's wife then how about we talk about Mccains wife. You know the one who was ook on drug, the one who was seeing another womens husban.

    July 18, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. yankeegirl15

    No, McCains wife stole perscription drugs. Oh wait, when the rich do it, it's being candid. How the hell would she know if she was proud, she was stoned on pain pills. Let the mole man go. To hell with the bunch of the old coots club.

    July 18, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  16. Ted:Canada

    America – take a good look at the picture of these two guys.

    With all do respect they are too old and if age wasn't a problem their own feeble minded words have come back to haunt them on how out of touch they really are.
    They have now got together and plan to release a joint statement that reads as follows..."Women don't need birth control. Pregancy is only a mental state and those that think that birth control pills should be treated the same as viagara are only a nation of whiners "

    Here is my question to the blog particiants.

    All kidding aside...would anybody really put the republicans back in office for four more years after what they have done to the American people??

    July 18, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. Abe

    We are going to keep on whining until McBush steps down.November is just around the corner.

    Ha Ha Ha!

    July 18, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  18. DAVID DEEB

    DID JOHN MCCAIN CONSISTENTLY VOTE AGINST RE REGULATION OF LENDERS AS A RESULT OF PHIL GRAHAM'S INFLUANCE? COULD THIS BE A REPEAT OF HIS KEATING SCANDAL? DID MCCAIN'S SUPPORT OF UBS CONTRIDUTE TO THE CREDIT CRISIS?

    July 18, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  19. Vietnam Vet

    Gramm is a relic of the Republican party. The rest of his tired old cronies should just follow him out the door. He was part of the confrontational party politics that has poisoned American politics for too long.

    July 18, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  20. USA FOR OBAMA

    Is this the way McCain will run the country – the way he has run his campaign. McCain is a WARMONGER and there is no getting around it. The man is desperate – he will do and say anything to win.

    I'm a 60 year old Republican w/female voting for Barack Obama. Barack will be one of our greatest President's in history.

    July 18, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. California Gold

    Gramm still frames McCain's policy. McCain and Gramm have been friends for decades. Gramm's remarks were simply a glimpse of McCain's mindset.

    July 18, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  22. Yvonne

    Now, if we can get McCain to go next!

    July 18, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. Kaz

    Now John McCain have to learn ecnomics 101.

    July 18, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  24. mike in caroline va

    now if we can only get mccain and all the other redumlicans to quit this country will be a better place for the rest of the people who actually want to move foward and prosper!!!!

    July 18, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  25. Sue CA

    Lisa........ He was talking about Obama

    LISA if you are an AMERICAN ......He was talking about you

    he called Americans "a nation of whiners."

    July 18, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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