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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  1. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Ahhh! The poster child for planned parenthood speaks!

    Phil Gramm your sister, who is also your momma, just stole your banjo. Go git her!!!

    August 14, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. IndependentThinker, NY

    McTooOld /Phil Gramm 08
    CNN are you whining now?
    lol

    August 14, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. kendall

    Look who McCain friends are, he can't through this guy under the bus, the went jet skiing together

    August 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. dollorbil

    Mc Cain could save himself a lot of greif by not being seen or even the apperence of being seen with the idiot Phil Gram. I have lived in Texas all my life and I have had nothing but contempt for the dummy Phil Gram. He did nothing for usTexas people and he will do no good for the country.

    August 14, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Hey Grahamm:

    Are the 8k people over in Ohio that McCain threw out of their jobs and homes just whining?

    McCain for President: We can all go overseas and work for Georgia, because there won't be any american jobs left if he's in charge.

    Get our Troops back
    Get our Social Security back
    Get our veterans benefits back
    Get our reputation back
    Get our economy back
    Get our family values back

    Get Obama elected if you value ANY of the above.

    August 14, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Barry Soetoro

    He called the United States “a nation of whiners.”

    Yup... pretty much right on... everyone wants something for nothing... feels owed... or if someone has more than me they should give me something... yea... bout right!

    I've lived in many countries... and America is by far the best. We live pretty good... way better than most... and if you have internet access to even be on this blog... you have it better than 95% of the planet. Of course many have no glue... and simply live on their hate... sick and sad.

    August 14, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. DR. YES

    oh great.the 'whiner's' back.go away!

    August 14, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    WE KNEW BOTH OLD CREEPS ARE

    AS TIGHT AS THIEVES, THAT THEY ARE.

    THEY CAN DENY ALL THEY WANT,

    BOTH DESPISE EVERYTHING ABOUT US,

    OTHER THAN OUR TAX DOLLARS.

    August 14, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Abby

    This whining American is offended.

    August 14, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. RapidRay

    Hail hail the gangs all here!!!

    August 14, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Abby

    This whining American is very offended.

    August 14, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Gene

    Yeah.. that's called "Go ahead and step down from my campaign so people don't think we're connected.. but after you make the announcement, lets grab a couple of beers and figure out how we can keep you in the loop but out of the public's eye"

    Does anyone here really believe that McCain has distanced himself from this piece of garbage?

    August 14, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Rob

    Front row seats folks. If mcBush is elected this guy who thinks the economy is fine and that Americans are Whiners. Will be mcSames economics Chief advisor. How nice, McBush does not even have to try to fix the ruined economy. Gramm will just tell McWar that we are all Whiners and Cindy can giggle and say 'Let them eat Cake'.

    August 14, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Republican for Obama - TEXAS

    McCain is in bed with all of them. I'm sorry to say I was a Republican.

    God help us all if McCain gets elected. Wars and rumors of wars.

    August 14, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. a southern bell for OBAMA

    SLEAZY GRAHAM LEFT IS PLANTATION LONG

    ENOUGH TO VISIT HIS CLOSE FRIEND, WHO HE

    HOPES, WILL HELP HIM DIG FURTHER IN OUR POCKETS.

    August 14, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    These economic elitists have no clue what the average American goes through, and they'll need more then their usual belligerent tax cut pandering this time around!

    August 14, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Phil Gramm where he belongs at last:

    in the audience.

    August 14, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. David Goldman for OBAMA

    THESE OLD SLIMY DUDES GIVE ME THE CREEPS.

    August 14, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. California Gold

    Phil Gramm and John McCain have been close friends and colleagues for decades. Gramm is the face of McCain's economic policy and although he threw Gramm under the bus, Gramm is still a very real presence of John McCain's campaign. Gramm and McCain are still devoted friends. If McCain were to win, Gramm would be in his cabinet. Those are facts you can bank on.

    August 14, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. NC Democrat

    Who are we kidding, Phil Gramm never left or stopped advising McCain's campaign. It's so obvious that Bush and the Republican party has destroyed our economy and McCain is hell-bent on continuing the failed policies of this administration...

    August 14, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. IndependentThinker, NY

    It's simple !
    1 old guy + 1 old guy = 2 very old guys

    August 14, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Abe

    IS IT THE SAME GRAMM THAT CALLED AMERICANS WHINERS? THAT EXPLAINS McSAME CHANGE.

    August 14, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. Cathy

    As McCain said, Phil Gramm doesn't speak for him in regards to the "nation of whiners" comment but apparently McCain speaks for all Americans regarding the Georgia/Russian matter.

    McCain just irritates me on so many levels at this point.

    August 14, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. Denise

    Not surprised, he has been lurking is all

    August 14, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    THE REPUBLICANS ARE A DAMAGED BRAND ANYWAYS.

    NOONE CARES ABOUT THIS GUY ANYWAYS.

    August 14, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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