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. Catherine

    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.

    August 14, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Obamalism

    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.

    August 14, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. EDW

    How nice, the elite are all vacationing in ASPEN.

    August 14, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Joe Kiloz

    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.

    August 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. CM

    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.

    August 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. Always Question the Source

    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.

    August 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Linda from Prescott AZ

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

    August 14, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    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."

    August 14, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Tim

    He never left McLosers campaign. I guess we are still in a mental recession!!!

    August 14, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Sandy

    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.

    O/08

    August 14, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    LORD !! THESE OLD MORONS WILL NEVER

    STOP UNTIL THEY COMPLETE OUR DEMISE.

    THESE OLD CREEPOS LOVE WAR.

    August 14, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Rita

    McCain says:

    He aint heavy, he's my finance manager....

    August 14, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Joe Bloggs, Haiku, HI

    Is anyone surprised? McSame's 'economic policy' is dictated by Gramm – regardless of whether or not he is seen in public!

    August 14, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. Baby Face

    A face only a mother could love...and if she doesn't, she can't WHINE about it.

    Obama 08

    August 14, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Mike, FL

    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.

    August 14, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby

    Whhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

    August 14, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. R.I.F.

    Why wouldn't he be there? He's still helping McCain write his economic policies. WHAT A LOSER!!!

    August 14, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. Griff

    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????

    August 14, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. PG

    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.

    August 14, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. siftin-com

    I doubt they were ever disconnected! It's politics my friend!

    August 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Montana is Obama Country

    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..!

    August 14, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Christopher In TN

    Ye gods! Please spare us from this demented gerontocracy!

    August 14, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. offwallst

    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!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. Tel It Like It Is

    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
    plans.

    DC POLITICIANS PUTTING OUR COUNTRY FIRST?
    NOT IN THIS SYSTEM>

    TERM LIMITS
    TAX REFORM
    BUDGET REFORM
    LEGISLATIVE REFORM
    ABOLISH EARMARKS
    AND PORK BARREL PROJECTS
    VOTER RECALL BALLOTS ON ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS BELOW PRESIDENT AND VP

    STOP YOUR WHINING

    August 14, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. Dwight

    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.

    August 14, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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