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.
As McCain said, Phil Gramm doesn't speak for him in regards to the "nation of whiners" comment but apparently McCain can speak for all Americans regarding the Georgia/Russian matter.
McCain just irritates me on so many levels at this point.
CNN is now the paparazzi???
It's a well known FACT that Obama visited a known us terrorist bomber when he began his political career in Chicago...I've yet to see you run a story on that.
How nice, the elite are all vacationing in ASPEN.
It's political correctness to new levels, with the exception that Obama is allowed to play the race card from the bottom of the deck without media questions.
For those who wish better coverage of the McCain campaign, you can draw your own conclusions from his daughters bloggsite:
McCainblogette.com Truly informative and eye opening. Great pictures and great songs.
Of course, look for him to get an advisor role if (God forbid) McCain gets the WH. Then all you that voted for him will start to see what you really went for.
And what happens to the PUMAs if they help this happen and Hillary doesn't get the nomination in 2012? You'd have fallen for the Republican tricks over 3 times now.
The 'Dipstick Clique'. Gramm will be lurking behind John McCain for the rest of his days – along with Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman, George Bush and Dick Cheney.
Gramm is a sleazy disgusting slimeball who has gotten rich screwing Americans.
Time to call us a nation of whiners....this is the TRUE JOHN McSAME!!!
McCain's worth over $100 million... He owns 10 houses... He flies around on a $12.6 million corporate jet... He walks around in $520 loafers. If John McCain lost his Social Security, he'd get by just fine. Would you?"
More: "John McCain wants to gamble with our Social Security... John McCain started receiving Social Security when he turned 65. But now he has a risky scheme to privatize Social Security - threatening our benefits."
He never left McLosers campaign. I guess we are still in a mental recession!!!
Hello, he's still with the campaign. John is probably talking to him every night. Gramm is his go to guy for economics. A guy who says Americans should stop whining.
LORD !! THESE OLD MORONS WILL NEVER
STOP UNTIL THEY COMPLETE OUR DEMISE.
THESE OLD CREEPOS LOVE WAR.
He aint heavy, he's my finance manager....
Is anyone surprised? McSame's 'economic policy' is dictated by Gramm – regardless of whether or not he is seen in public!
A face only a mother could love...and if she doesn't, she can't WHINE about it.
He might have stepped down from his official position, but McCain is still running on an Economy policy single handidly crafted by an out of touch Elities who called us all a nation of whiners.
Why wouldn't he be there? He's still helping McCain write his economic policies. WHAT A LOSER!!!
Mr PG,,, You are much like me... Play your cards as you see them...
You? Only you, stand for "Mr PG". We beggin as we hope, we can end... Nobody is prepaired for the "Inevitable"!
Or are we? "War-Games... The media just love 'War-Games'.. But I'm afraid they are so full of Crap... Too Much CNN????
Here's an idea Philly: why don't you and McCain go visit his birth country Panama and spend some quality time together until next January. Isn't that a great idea? Buy wait, just don't whine about anything.
I doubt they were ever disconnected! It's politics my friend!
It's hard to understand the economics or challenges of hard working families and the American people when you are filthy rich..
Gramm put millions of people out of their homes while making money off their backs through loans..
McCain seeks the highest office in the nation when he has not earned it through real work.. (POW does not count)- OWNS seven homes
Malibu Cindy racks up 750,000.00 in ONE month of interest free credit card debt.
These elitist people are over the top insane..!
Ye gods! Please spare us from this demented gerontocracy!
I HAVE VERY BAD NEWS FOR OBAMA SUPPORTERS
MCCAIN AHEAD FIRST TIME IN COLORODO 48-47%
OBAMA UP JUST 4% IT WAS 12% IN MINNESOTA....A VERY LIBERAL STATE!!!!!!!!!!!
WATCH OUT MESSIAH OBAMA...THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!!!!!!
FACE IT NATION: these two political parties are more similar than different. Neither party members has the will or inclination to do anything that doesn't directly or indirectly benefit their own re-election
DC POLITICIANS PUTTING OUR COUNTRY FIRST?
NOT IN THIS SYSTEM>
AND PORK BARREL PROJECTS
VOTER RECALL BALLOTS ON ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS BELOW PRESIDENT AND VP
STOP YOUR WHINING
Gramm said that he's going to be just another McCain supporter with no role to play in the campaign. So now he shows up in the front row of a McCain event. Gramm and McCain are a couple of worthless liars.