Gramm Quits McCain Campaign

Besieged adviser refuses to be a 'distraction'
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2008 8:02 PM CDT
Republican presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks at a press availability in Phoenix, Ariz. Monday, March 3, 2008. At left, former Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – After a week of fallout from his gripe that Americans are "whiners," Phil Gramm stepped down today as John McCain's national co-chair, Politico reports. "It is clear to me that Democrats want to attack me,” Gramm said. The “distraction hurts not only Senator McCain… it hurts the country." McCain's camp refused to comment on rumors that Gramm will stay on as an unofficial adviser.