WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Republican Sen. Phil Gramm said Friday that he is stepping down as co-chairman of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign amid criticism for saying last week that “we have sort of become a nation of whiners.”
Phil Gramm, left, said his comments have become a “distraction” for Sen. John McCain’s campaign.
Gramm on Friday said he would “join the growing number of rank-and-file McCain supporters.”
Democrats blasted Gramm for the comments, made in a Washington Times interview published July 10, and McCain forcefully repudiated the remarks.
In a written statement released Friday, Gramm said his comments had become a distraction for McCain.
“It is clear to me that Democrats want to attack me rather than debate Senator McCain on important economic issues facing the country,” Gramm said.
This seems to be in response to my post the other day slamming Mr. Gramm and by proxy Mr. McCain, for the uninhibited and enthusiastic support for the rich and Mr. Gramm’s flippant disregard for the people who stlll have to work for a living.
I hate to see a fellow Texan go down, but that’s probably the way it had to be. His comments were so far in line with the typical Bush line that he could no longer be a public presence on the campaign.
I’m glad to see this. But it doesn’t really address the larger issue, which is McCain.