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

Phil Gramm spotted at McCain event

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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.

Filed under: John McCain • Phil Gramm
soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Not So Fast ... McSneeky

    Why did McCain attempt to sneak Phil Gramm out of his campaign in the middle of the night? I mean I know he called Americans “WHINERS” and said that the economic slowdown is only a “MENTAL RECESSION”, but isn’t Dr. Phil Gramm (Economist) the primary architect of Senator McCain’s economic plan?

    McCain has already stated he knows ZERO on the economy. Now This? I’m sure he will trot out some replacement but the principles from Gramm are going to remain embedded in McCain’s plan, otherwise it was a bad plan to begin with.

    August 14, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Steve

    Without him close to McSane. McSurge would not have a clue what the economy is all about.

    August 14, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Chris

    eww! I must go take a shower now!

    August 14, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |

    Gramm was spotted at a McCain event Thursday.'jil another old dusty Whiner... why is this News!!!

    August 14, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Mike

    Republicans – Convincing hard working Americans to vote against their best interests since 1973.

    August 14, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Artie

    Perhaps Phil was just there to help out his buddy McCain if there were any questions relating to WHO got us into this Financial sector crisis...
    Good ol' boy Phil outta know the answer to that one.....Oh come on Phil, quit yur whining!!! LoL.....

    August 14, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. Bukky

    eewww he looks like a guys you wouldnt allow around your kids

    August 14, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. Anne E.

    I was sick of this guy back during the Reagan years, and I'm just as sick of him now.

    August 14, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. americaN for Peace

    This guy represents no one ...

    August 14, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Observer

    In reality, I'll bet Phil Gramm is one smart puppy, but he certainly would be the LAST person I'd get any advice from. The man has no principles, scruples or empathy for others. He has no sense of decency and considers most Americans to be no more than bubblegum on the sole of his shoe. Oops...I'm whining again.....

    August 14, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. Reality Check Richmond Virginia


    up next: Jared spotted at a Subway.

    August 14, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    We all knew that he was still a part of the McCain campaign but just on the down low.

    August 14, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. REA

    hey people show them republicans how much you whine VOTE OBAMA 08

    August 14, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    Today John McCain stated that the Georgian conflict is the worst crisis since the cold war. What about 9/11, the fight against terrorisn, the lose of liberties to hold off the terrorists and the invasions of Afghanistan?

    John McCain is not fit to be the president of the United States nor commander in chief!!

    August 14, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. Martin California

    Oh golly C.N.N. You are so fast on your feet. Did you or anyone else think he was not going to be involved? It is about time C.N.N. tries to be a news orginization again rather than a gossip outlet.

    August 14, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. And he's not the only one lurking around

    Just because the news doesn't report it, my guess would be many of McCain supporters are still around.

    August 14, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Catya

    Where was Gomer Pyle? OOOPS–I mean Mike Huckabee

    Out bashing Romney-probably!

    August 14, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. biffington, biff

    please google songbird mccain

    not a drop about this in the corporate media


    August 14, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. Steve in TX

    Watching McCain on the ABC Sunday politics show a few weeks ago,
    I am convinced McCain has A PERSONALITY DISORDER.
    He a power hungry, listen to no one, crazy man.

    August 14, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    America won't forget that you called us a nation of WHINERS.

    Go home you old and out of touch fogey!

    August 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  21. psittacines

    Same old McMilitary, keep your cronies around even after they are discredited....don't let anyone tell you who can be your advisors....when will someone knock those chips of the Bush/Cheney/McCain shoulders once and for all.....:)

    This should let all those GOP backers know how the REAL economic plans of John McCain are constructed....remember Enron, Mr. Gramm???

    August 14, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. anonymous

    Wake me up I am having the worst nightmare of my life. Hope this is not a real choice. I am starting to having morning sickness all day long.

    August 14, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. William, from Cali!

    Phil Gramm was right! We are a "Nation of whinners", look only at those "bitter Hillary supporters" and those losing their homes and jobs, or the "REAL WHINNERS", that leave comments on this ticker!

    August 14, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  24. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    I will try this again:

    Where is the blog on McCain stating today at his news conference the the Georgia situation is "the worst international crisis since the Cold War..."

    what about;
    Al Queda
    Iraq and Afghanistan
    ...and everything else the Republicans have used to con and terrify people!!

    Why do you continually let McCain off Scot free......enough og the Clintons, pictures on the beach, Huckabee...

    August 14, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Clif

    The heck with McCain's daughter web site . We don't need your advice Joe to check that crap out . Enough is rnough. You go to that website and take that old fort McCain with you.

    August 14, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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