August 14th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Phil Gramm spotted at McCain event

Gramm was spotted at a McCain event Thursday.'
Gramm was spotted at a McCain event Thursday.'

ASPEN, Colorado (CNN) – For the first time since removing himself from John McCain’s campaign, former Sen. Phil Gramm publicly crossed paths with the presumptive Republican nominee at an event Thursday in Aspen.

Gramm stepped down from his role as co-chairman of McCain’s campaign in July after Democrats assailed him for telling a newspaper that the country was in a “mental recession” and describing the United States as “a nation of whiners.”

Gramm and his wife had front row seats for a conversation today between McCain and Walter Isaacson, the president of the Aspen Institute. The event was put on by the Aspen Institute and not the McCain campaign.

Along with Gramm, other McCain allies in attendance included top campaign adviser Charlie Black, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, and Lewis Eisenberg, national finance chairman for the Republican National Committee’s Victory '08 campaign.


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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Bush = niaCcM

    That wasn't Phil Graham, it was all in your mind.

    Why did McCain's top foreign policy advisor get $ 800,000 (Yeah, that's eight hundred thousand DOLLARS) from the Republic of Georgia in April, 2008. Is McCain's foreign policy positions for sale?
    Investigate that, CNN.

    August 14, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. Peter (CA)

    Wow, what a shock. An elitist like Gramm showing up at an elitist event like the Aspen Institute.

    Of course, Gramm did. It's a great opportunity for his folks to get together and plan on more ways to take care of their corporate friends. Gramm is not far from the campaign and neither are any of McCain's lobbyist friends.

    August 14, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. pgo

    Americans are deciding whether they want to try recapture the racially segregated, oil guzzling, white male dominated, 1950's led by a divorced septuagenerian, 4th generation military man married to a trophy-wife beer company million-heiress; or to strike out boldly to build a new progressive chapter in American history, led by an eloquent self-made, raised-by-a-single-mom, community organizer, Constitutional Law scholar, Harvard educated son of a Kenyan and Kansan.

    August 14, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Nicole in NE

    haha – They've been saying for months he was still working behind the curtain for McCain.

    But what do I know, I'm in a mental recession!

    August 14, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. T

    "I can't quit you"

    August 14, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. Dan Thomas

    Why is Phil Gramm also seen in several pictures standing with Senator McCain? I suppose the is just a random happening also.

    August 14, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. KG

    Yes, and John Edwards (the liar/cheater), Hillary (the sore loser), and Jesse Jackson/Rev Wright (the racists) have been spotted at Obama events. Does that then by default make Obama a lieing,cheating, racist, sore loser? By the way you liberals transfer one person's personality on to another, I guess so.

    August 14, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  8. julia

    DuhhH!!!!!!!!! He is stil a part of the campaign!! You think John McCain gives a crap about the economic problems of the American people??? Why do you think he would insist on this from his much-needed advisors???
    Wake UP America!!!

    August 14, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. Hawk Texas

    I HAVE LIVED IN TEXAS FOR 70 YEARS AND HAVE HAD TO LISTEN TO THE CRAP THAT HAS COME OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GRAHM, HUTCHISON, DELAY, BUSH, JOHN CRONYN, AND ALL THE OTHER REPUBLICAN HOGS FEEDING AT THE TAX PAYERS TROUGH ALL THE TIME. ALL YOU WILL HEAR FROM THIS BUNCH IS LIE'S AND MORE LIE'S.

    August 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. Clif

    What's wrong CNN ? You don't want the people to know about the "Keating 5" ? I'm just telling it like it was in 1991. Maybe your shielding McShame. Why didn't you post my comment?

    August 14, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Jeffrey G. Brown

    He has the kind of face you would just LOVE to slap!

    August 14, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Jo Ann

    tis old bat didn't leave McCain he just went under cover! He will keep being spotted. See what lie McCain tells now.

    August 14, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. ron

    Think he will be under control this time?

    August 14, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. dittohead with forty names

    He behind curtain with Rove.Maybe playing footsie.

    August 14, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. Dave from Florida

    Poor Grahm. He hasn't heard that the headmaster is no longer allowed to spank the brat for his behavior that lies outside of the realm of reasonable, basic, common sense. Dr. Spock's book was all about politics, wasn't it?

    August 14, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. lovable liberal

    McCain is loyal to every kind of Republican BS, including the whining Phil Gramm.

    August 14, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  17. Carl Justus

    McCain is no better than Phil Gramm, both have been on the public payroll all their lives and do not know what it is to work for a private company.
    All both know is how to vote after the corporate CEO who filled their pockets with cash tells them.
    Both are old and senile.

    August 14, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. bam

    I thought Lindsey Graham had been dispatched by Premier McCain to the country of Georgia, but all the while he's in Colorado.

    No surprise that Phil Gramm is still advising McCain on how to keep enriching the oil industry.

    August 14, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  19. aaaaa

    this guy is a snail he cant hide faster thats why he got cought again!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  20. Mike

    Correcting Linda from Prescott AZ August 14th, 2008 6:01 pm ET

    "Gramm is a sleazy disgusting slimeball who has gotten rich screwing Americans."

    Linda, you are confusing Phil Gramm with John Edwards.

    August 14, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. LJinLA

    Either the lower 98% wakes up and votes for the guy who has been working with the common folk, or number 44 will run up another 4 trillion dollars of debt, and restore the draft to have enough young men to kill in the various conflicts his profit hungry corporate war sponsors are counting on to continue raiding the US treasury.
    Stop hating. Give Obama a hand in stopping the madness. Otherwise our arguments about ANWR might shift to how we get Putin's thugs out of there, not oil.

    August 15, 2008 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
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