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. ET from OMAHA

    TT'S ONLY IN THE LOOSING TEAM THAT PEOPLE ALWAYS STEP DOWN. DO YOU REMEMBER THE SAME SCENARIO WITH HILLARY? HOW MANY PEOPLE STEPED DOWN?
    ONLY ONE PERSONE STEPED DOWN IN OUR CAMPAIGN AS FAR AS I KNOW.
    GO OBAMA THE WHITE HOUSE IS YOURS FOR 8 YEARS.

    July 18, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. jason, tx

    It took this long? Why? McCain is going to lose!

    July 18, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  3. Gimme A Break

    What is with all these old men. Shouldnt they be retired?

    July 18, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  4. Weepy

    To those of you who lack any respect for your elders--we hope you will be older some day and finally realize that 72 is NOT OLD!
    If you should be so fortunate to live that long, you will realize just how little you knew when you were 20, 30, 40, 50, etc. Obama is still so green behind the ears. Shangrila is not a reality! GROW UP!

    July 18, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  5. Weepy

    Poor little WHINERS. Your man Obama is being exposed for what he is, and you just can't take it. WHINE, WHINE, WHINE!

    July 18, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. Miriam Grattage

    I think it's interesting that so much focus is put on this situation, for just a simple, but still insulting, comment. And yet Jesse Jackson says the n-word and makes threats about Obama, saying he wants to "cut his n*ts out", and nobody says anything. But you don't Jesse Jackson stepping down, or doing anything except apologizing. Also, you don't hear Al Sharpton saying anything about it, either.

    July 18, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. Super Delegate NJ

    Those idiots from Obamavile hope and pray that this gets them "Somewhere" Wishful thinking

    July 18, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. JDB

    The only thing more disasterous than a McCain presidency would be a McCain presidency with Phil Gramm as treasury secretary.

    Do your research, think about it. Scary, very very scary.

    July 18, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  9. ANGIE

    and if you belive that im not buying it he just wants to make us think that!!!

    July 18, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  10. g

    haha 10 percent taxes try living in Canada just recently our taxes has gone down from 15 percent to 13 percent and we are all quite happy. I wish I was paying 10 percent LOL

    July 18, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  11. california

    mccshame mcbush mcwar go home with your lobbyist buddies. people listen this guy is a joke and war addict. BUSHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. Socialist Whining Kool-aid Drinker

    You tend to whine when you're choosing between gas and food on the table. I don't know, maybe its just me, but does it seem that the Repubs are a little out of touch with what it feels like to not have a ton of disposable income? Or at least the Repub candidates and their minions.

    July 18, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  13. Frantz

    Old turtle-head label fits perfectly.

    July 18, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  14. Jerry from the block

    I can't believe it!!! McCain called the US a bunch of Whiners????

    July 18, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  15. Miguel Rivera

    Ok, now it's Charlie Black's turn to get fired, and the swiftboat veteran buddy of his.

    July 18, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  16. seg

    and remember this is the same Phil Gramm whose wife was on Enron's Board of Trustees keeping a watchful eye on the well-being of the company and its loyal employers

    July 18, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  17. PAY ATTENTION!!!!

    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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    Lisa-- He was talking about Obama........LIsa do you pay attention
    asto what the Article is abouit.........are you so bitter toward Senator Obama you automatically point your finger at HIM no matter what
    NOw Phil GRAMM exact QUATE-( Americans "a nation of whiners.")
    Which includes YOU.again Phil Gramm -Americans "a nation of whiners.") you owe Senator Obama an apology

    July 18, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. seg

    aargh . . . should've been employees, not employers

    July 18, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  19. RJ, CA

    Know what a REAL whiner is?
    1) Someone who buys a house he/she can't afford because he/she is too lazy to read the "fine print"
    2) Someone who has never put their life on the line for anything and then ridicules someone who has
    3) Someone who had never lived under a totalitarian regime and pretends to understand what that would be like
    4) Someone who never reads an article describing pros and cons and then pretends to be an expert on the subject
    5) Someone who thinks terrorists shoud be invited over for "tea" after watching the horrors of 9-11
    6) Someone who just doesn't get it when they actually watch Daniel Perl and others beheaded in front of their very eyes
    7) Someone who is OK with having his/her parents pay for his/her upbringig and tuition and then defame them as useless "old people"

    THESE are the whiners!

    July 18, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  20. JM in the OC

    Doug,

    No one from our team asked him to step down. Your "friend" McCain asked him to step down because the things he said OFFENDED struggling Americans... whose votes he needs to win the WH.

    Honestly, the way he's been messing up over the past few days I rather wish he would've stayed around to further damage JMc's chances.

    July 18, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  21. Illuminated

    Talk about out of touch. Phil Gramm is obviously out for Phil Gramm, but then aren't most of those Repubs, including John McCain. Liar, liar, liar, and oh yes, liar.

    July 18, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  22. Becky

    Americans ARE a bunch of whiners! And I'm disgusted at how many people say McCain is "too old." I didn't think we believed in age discrimination here in America. Guess I'll have to tell my 75 year old father to knock it off and stop going to work, and the same for my father and mother in law at ages 76 and 80. Horrors! What are they thinking?

    July 18, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  23. Texun

    Gramm was a political operative in the pay of a Swiss bank, which is under federal investigation according to the Washington Post. Ethically challanged is an understatement, in my opinion.
    McCain, unfortunately, has begun an intensively negative course in his campaign, making it more difficult for me to see him largely as an old war hero. He's now coming across as an embittered old man.

    July 18, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  24. Texas Trail Dog

    AMERICANS AT LEAST THE ONES WHO SUPPORT OBAMA ARE NOT ANYTHING ELSE BUT WHINERS. I AM SO TIRED OF EVEN HEARING OBAMA'S NAME MUCH LESS THINKING THAT THIS MAN COULD BE VOTED AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. WHAT IS THIS NATION BECOMING. WE HAVE NO STOMACH FOR WAR. WE HAVE NO STOMACH TO WORK FOR A LIVING. ALL THE OBAMA SUPPORTER CAN DO IS COMPLAIN THAT THEIR MAN IS BEING ABUSED BY THE MEDIA WHEN IT IS THEM THAT ARE THE ABUSERS. OBAMA IS QUITE OBVIOUSLY THE MEDIA'S BOY. BUT EVEN WITH ALL THE PUSHY MEDIA AND THE OBAMA IDIOTS THIS MAN WILL NOT BE PRESIDENT COME NOVEMBER. HILLARY SUPPORTERS BAN TOGEHER ALONG WITH THE REPUBLICANS TO KEEP THIS GANGSTER FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.

    July 18, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  25. Denise Groves

    It's only a "mental recession." You only "think" you have resigned. And quit WHINING about it!

    July 19, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
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