William Phillip Gramm

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William Phillip (Phil) Gramm is an American politician from Texas. He was elected in 1978 as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth Congress. He resigned from his post on January 5, 1983 to run for election to the Ninety-eighth Congress as a Republican. He was reelected as a Republican by special election on February 12, 1983. He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1984; reelected in 1990 and again in 1996 and served from January 3, 1985, to November 30, 2002, when he resigned.

He was campaign co-chair and a senior economic adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign from the summer of 2007 until July 18, 2008. He stepped down after he publicly stated that "We have sort of become a nation of whiners, you just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline."[1] McCain's opponent, then Senator Barack Obama, stated, "America already has one Dr. Phil. We don't need another one when it comes to the economy. ... This economic downturn is not in your head."[2]


  1. Hill, Patrice (July 9, 2008). Washington Times - McCain adviser talks of 'mental recession'. Washtimes.com. Retrieved on August 28, 2012.
  2. Associated Press. "Obama on Gramm: 'America already has one Dr. Phil'", July 10, 2008. Retrieved on Auguest 28, 2012.