The Washington Times - July 18, 2008, 07:48PM

Phil Gramm has stepped down as a co-chairman of John McCain’s campaign following his remarks last week to The Washington Times that Americans are a “nation of whiners.”

Here’s his statement, released by the campaign.

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“It is clear to me that Democrats want to attack me rather than debate Senator McCain on important economic issues facing the country. That kind of distraction hurts not only Senator McCain’s ability to present concrete programs to deal with the country’s problems, it hurts the country. To end this distraction and get on with the real debate, I hereby step down as Co-Chair of the McCain Campaign and join the growing number of rank-and-file McCain supporters.”

 

— Stephen Dinan, national political reporter, The Washington Times