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. Mary

    the BIGGEST WHINNER is the idiot obama...the most bigoted, egotistical person

    July 18, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. DAVID DEEB

    IS JOHN MCCAIN AND EVERY CORPORATE CEO IN THIS COUNTRY SOCIALIST SINCE THEY NEVER SAW A SUBSIDY THEY DIDN'T LIKE? IS SENDIND OUT STIMULUS CHECKS SOCIALISM? IS SOCIAL SECURITY SOCIALISM? IS MEDICARE SOCIALISM? ARE GOVERNMENT LOANS SOCIALISM? SOCIALISM IS ANTHER MISUNDERSTOOD CONCEPT THAT THE RIGHT LIKES TO USE ALONG WITH THEIR OTHER FEAR WORDS THAT SEEMTO DRAMATICALLY CONECCT WITH THE IGNORANT.

    July 18, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. ben

    I would never vote for McCain BUT why do so many people find themselves swayed by what some one else of no major importance, says? I am not going to vote for McCains wife. I am not going to vote for Obamas wife. I am not going to vote for jessie Jackson. I am not going to vote for anyone but the candidate who I think would make the best president . I think that is Obama. If you think McCain is the best choice, then vote for him. But why place any importance on what a lot of egotististical baboons say???????

    July 18, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. Greg

    Hey Tony he is a senator at the federal level not the state level. And what does your tax increase have to do with Gramm resigning? Typical Republican distraction attempt. The hilarious part of this story is Gramm acting as if McCain has a leg to stand on in a debate about economics.

    July 18, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. JK Ashburn, VA

    Pity. Gramm was right on the mark. Americans need to wake up and realize the hole they are digging for themselves. Government is not the problem or the answer for everything. If our politicians had any guts, they'd be speaking the truth as Gramm has done.

    July 18, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  6. AF in AZ

    Gramm is not just stepping down due to the "whiners" remark, but also because he is an officer (vice chairman, I think) to UBS (Swiss) Bank. The same bank that helped funnel Billions of US dollars off-shore to help the rich avoid taxes. That's the bigger scandal, which the media has yet to report.

    July 18, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Venus

    Ha,ha,haaaaah! Who's whining now?..... Next!!!

    Mr. Day is next... this is his year to get Swift Boated!

    July 18, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. Sick of the Whining Too

    Gramm was right on!!!

    The Dem's having been whining since, and this may bother many of you, so...please read it slowly so you don't hurt yourselves, since E-Gore lost and since Kerry lost. Non-mainstream America, which includes the Media Elite, the Elite (more rich than the Republicans) Rich on the left, the family friendly special interest groups (Killing Millions of Babies for Money aka Planned Parenthood, those Rainbow types teaching our kids about "my 2 dads, those supporting child porn aka ACLU, etc) and the stupid. The Dem's and many of those who support them are morally and or intellectually bankrupt (or suffering from a severe intellectual drought).

    Slick Willie has truly ruined your party. You truly believe if you lie enough, if will be truth. Sadly, you are half right. Repeat it enough, no matter how hollow or stupid, and the mentally challenged actually begin to accept it.

    I suppose when the top 1% pays almost 40% of the taxes and the bottom 50% pay a whopping 3%, folks get use to a free ride. Make the "rich" pay for everyting. Government funded everything. YOUR tax dollars at work. Obama and the left will destroy this country with their radical, socialist policies. Get a clue people.

    The worst part about this, is McCain wets himself and falls all over the place to apologize and "make nice." He simply makes himself look like a bigger loser. He needs to grow a pair and step up to the stupidity on left. McCain sucks, but NObama and the left will be worse.

    July 18, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. Rick

    Its ironic that Phil Gramm stepped down because of whining in the media about his comments that we whine too much.

    July 18, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Tell the truth

    California Independent July 18th, 2008 7:57 pm ET

    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.

    You sound bitter and mean. Obama speaks the truth and maybe that hurts but it the truths people are bitter. I'm bitter at 4.55 gas and you are to just admitt it

    July 18, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. texan

    HOW STUPI , STUPID, Stupid of Phil Gramm to say that just when we need all the support for OUR MCCAIN . That OLD ignorant old fool of Gramm should stay the hell away of MCCAIN .Come on Republicans I am still voting for MCCAIN.

    July 18, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. Wolf

    McCain made a decision and it was swift....not like Obama and it took him months to get rid of Trinity/Uncle Wright – oh that's right, they aren't gone – Uncle Wright is out of retirement. So McCain makes decisions and Obama does not. McCain Presidental...Obama NOT!
    McCain sticks to his decisions....Obama NOT!

    July 18, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. Ernie in LA

    I agree with Mr. Gramm. America has become a nation of spoiled, overweight, Self centered, greedy whinners. The Chinese have said before that Americians and stupid and lazy. Just look around you. Just Washington D.C. proves this.

    July 18, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  14. TheWeaselMcCain

    How many people have McSane thrown under the bus? Let me guess–too many to count. Charlie Black and Bud Day are surely rotating in the wheel well of the Straight Talk Express.

    When Obama returns to the states, both Bud Day and Charlie Black will have been flung to the side of the road like roadkill. Seeya!!

    July 18, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. Dwight

    usb ,enron, everything that hard earning americans are up against .
    thats what the republicans had as their main man to back up their incumbent. you people are sad if you want to vote for McCain and his lobbyist.we all have more to lose. you might as well open your wallets and let him have it.

    the tide will Change and loose go home.

    Obama 08

    July 18, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  16. Ian MacIsaac

    Took the elite prick long enough.

    July 18, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. Thomas, Illinois

    Don't worry boys and girls...After the first debate, John Mcgoo will want to resign too.

    July 18, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  18. Teresa, Georgia

    And don't you dare whine Mr. Gramm!

    July 18, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. Joe the Troll

    "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."

    At least candidate Obama didn't do like McCain himself did and oppose the GI Bill for the veterans he's building his candidacy on. At least candidate Obama's wife didn't do like McCain's first wife and get dumped by the curb for not being pretty after her accident.

    We can play this game all the way to November.

    July 18, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. Abe

    Mccain's seven steps of politics.

    1.Mccain supported Bush's plan to invide Iraq.
    2.Mission Accomplished sign.
    3.Iraq is the central front on terror not Afghanistan.
    4.We have won the won in Iraq.
    5.our economy is very good.
    6Americans "A nation of whiners".
    7.Mccain predicts Spectacular Terror Attempt In Iraq.

    Where are your bearings Johnny?

    July 18, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  21. suzyku

    I don't believe it. He'll be in the background like Karl Rove advising! They're all liars and hypocrites.

    July 18, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. conservative

    Why did he resign for telling the truth?

    July 18, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. Marie in California

    Good idea for him to step down. People in the public eye, like Gramm and the former Obama staffer who called Hillary a "monster," really need to remember that they ARE in the public eye and every word they say is recorded and broadcast to the world. No matter how good they are at what they do, or how well-meaning they may be, they are only a word away from being history. And that goes for Jesse Jackson's mouth too.

    Was for Hillary....now for McCain.

    Was a lifelong Democrat.....now a brand-new Republican.

    July 18, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. RJ, CA

    Really? It's a "given" that Obama will win? Don't think so! The "silent majority" — those who don't bother to blog — just sit back, smile, and will silently but decidedly vote in droves for McCain in November. And — dang! — they're probably old, too - go figure!

    July 18, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  25. sPoNgEbOb sQuArEpAnTs

    This resignation is not real, it is only in his head.

    The reality is that, he will continue to work for McCain behind the scenes.

    Just like Karl Rove, eventhough he officially resigned, he is still the Bush's brain.

    These are called media resignations.
    They mean nothing.

    July 18, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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