August 28, 2008: Obama criticism of McCain needs a bit of context (AP)

  • THE FACTS: Obama was referring to former Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas, who made the remarks to The Washington Times in July. Gramm later said he was talking about the nation’s leaders not the American people. Obama did not mention that McCain promptly repudiated the remarks and that Gramm resigned as McCain’s campaign co-chairman within days. “I strongly disagree” with Phil Gramm’s remarks, McCain said at the time. “Phil Gramm does not speak for me. I speak for me.”