John McCain & Phil Gramm: It’s All In Your Head

TEXT: John McCain on Advisor Phil Gramm (Before)

McCain: “A person I’ve had the honor and pleasure of knowing as a friend and a great economist… my dear friend and comrade, Senator Phil Gramm.” [McCain Town Hall, CNN Live Feed, (Waco, TX ), 3/3/08]

McCain: “There is no one in America that is more respected on the issue of economics than Senator Phil Gramm. So I’m honored that you are here, Phil. Thank you for your great service.” [Speech at Dell Headquarters, Round Rock, TX, 2/29/08]

McCain: “A lot of the people that I respect that are advising me, like Phil Gramm and Jack Kemp…” [ABC This Week, 2/17/08]

TEXT: …But Then.

PHIL GRAMM: “You’ve heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession… You just hear this constant whining, complaining… We’ve sort of become a nation of whiners.”
[Washington Times, 7/9/08]

MCCAIN: “Phil Gramm does not speak for me. I speak for me.” [Media Availability, Belleville, MI, 07/10/08]

GERSH: “Is Senator Gramm still giving advice to Senator McCain?”


GERSH: “No.”

HOLTZ-EAKIN: “At — I haven’t spoken to Senator Gramm since the comments took place, and I’m not expecting to.” [PBS Nightly Business Report, 7/11/08,…

Carl Cameron; While McCain was saying Gramm doesn’t speak for him today, Gramm was in fact speaking for him to the WSJ editorial board and saying that he’s not going to retract anything he said and that every word is true. [Fox News, 7/10/08]

TEXT: The John McCain-Phil Gramm Economic Plan: It’s All In Your Head

MCCAIN: “I think, psychologically — and a lot of our problems today, as you know, are psychological …A little psychological boost. Lets have some straight talk. Its not a huge amount of money… a little psychological boost, that’s what I think it would help.” [Your World with Neil Cavuto, 4/16/08,…

McCain: “Now, as far as putting additional money in American taxpayers’ pocket, that’s fine, because a lot of this is psychological, a lot of it is psychological.” [McCain Town Hall, (West Palm Beach, FL) 1/24/08]

McCain: “Even though it would take some years, the fact that we are exploiting those reserves would have psychological impact that I think is beneficial.” [McCain Town Hall, (Fresno, CA), 6/23/08,…

McCain: “And finally, could I just mention on the issue of rebates, fine, because part of this is psychological. Part of the problem we have in any recession is psychological.” [CNN Debate, 1/30/08]

AUDIO: “You just hear this constant whining, complaining… We’ve sort of become a nation of whiners.”

TEXT: John McCain: The Wrong Choice on the Economy

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