[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/07/10/mccain.gramm/art.gramm.gi.jpg caption="Phil Gramm, left, is an economic adviser for Sen. John McCain."]Maureen Miller
Did a McCain adviser go too far? Former Texas senator Phil Gramm is under fire for some comments he made to the Washington Times. Here's what got people fired up: "We have sort of become a nation of whiners. You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitveness, America is in decline." He went on to say, "You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession." Why is he talking up economic issues? Gramm is an economic adviser to McCain. But the GOP presidential candidate isn't too happy with Gramm's comments. McCain says, "Phil Gramm does not speak for me." Now Gramm is trying to clarify his message. He says he was trying to say the nation's leaders, not its people, were "whiners." But he says he stands by his comment the country is in a "mental recession." As you might imagine, Brack Obama didn't let all this slip by him. He seized on the uproar at a campaign stop in Virginia, saying: "America already has one Dr. Phil. We don't need another one when it comes to the economy." Ouch! We'll have all the angles on this tonight on 360. In the meantime, do you think Gramm made a big mistake? Or were his comments taken out of context? Tell us what you think. Blog away.
Also tonight, is Obama talking down to blacks?
That's what Jesse Jackson said when he didn't realize his microphone was on at a TV station. Jackson has apologized. But many are asking if Jackson's comments are linked to his bruised ego. After all, too many Barack Obama represents a new generation of black leaders in America. Is the old guard (Jesse Jackson) feeling left out?
Plus, up close, the JonBenet Ramsey investigation. A 360° follow on the new efforts to solve her murder. Tonight, see how investigators cleared her family of the crime. Many people are wondering if the new technique could help solve other cold cases. CSI fans – you'll love this!
All that and more tonight on 360° at 10pm ET.
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