Dana Bash | BIO
CNN Political Correspondent
The McCain campaign is dealing with an economic hangover this morning.
Former Senator Phil Gramm, a top McCain economic adviser and campaign co-chairman, called Americans who have named the economy as a top concern this campaign cycle were “a nation of whiners.”
Here's more of what he said:
"You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession," he said, noting that growth has held up at about one percent despite all the publicity over losing jobs to India, China, illegal immigration, housing and credit problems and record oil prices. "We may have a recession; we haven't had one yet."
I'm told McCain will address Gramm's comments on the plane later today.
As you may expect, they are trying to move as far as fast from what Gramm said as possible.
On background, a senior aide sighed heavily and said "that's the problem with surrogates. They can get a lot of attention, but they're not always saying what you're saying."
On the record from another spokesman, Brian Rogers:
"Phil Gramm's comments are not representative of John McCain's views. John McCain travels the country every day talking to Americans who are hurting, feeling pain at the pump and worrying about how they'll pay their mortgage. That's why he has a realistic plan to deliver immediate relief at the gas pump, grow our economy and put Americans back to work."
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