Gramm Quits McCain Post Over 'Whiners' Comment

Associated Press
Saturday, July 19, 2008

NEW YORK, July 18 -- Phil Gramm, a top adviser to presidential candidate John McCain, is resigning from his role as a campaign co-chairman a week after saying that the United States had become a "nation of whiners" who constantly complain about the state of the economy.

Gramm had also suggested that the country was facing a "mental recession" instead of real economic problems.

McCain immediately distanced himself from the comments, but they have been criticized constantly as McCain tries to convince voters that he can help steer the country past its financial troubles.

McCain surrogates suggested last weekend that the former senator from Texas and past presidential candidate was done making campaign stops for McCain, and one aide said that Gramm was no longer advising the campaign.

Gramm said in a statement issued Friday night that he is stepping down as a co-chair of the campaign to "end this distraction."

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