Charles Keating Fired from John McCain's Economic Team

WASHINGTON (Ucs News) — Former bank Owner Charles Keating said Friday that he is stepping down as co-chairman of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign amid criticism for saying last week that “We have become a nation of whiners.”

On Friday Charles Keating said he would “join the growing number of rank-and-file McCain supporters, who are unemployed.” Democrats blasted Charles Keating for the comments, made in a Washington Times interview published July 10, and McCain forcefully repudiated the remarks.

In a written statement Charles Keating said his comments and the failure of his bank had become a distraction for McCain. “It is clear to me that Democrats want to attack me rather than debate Senator McCain on important economic issues facing the country. That kind of distraction hurts not only Senator McCain’s ability to present concrete programs to deal with the country’s problems, it hurts the country.”

Charles Keating, who advised Republican nominee McCain on economic matters, made the controversial comments while discussing the economy.

“We have become a nation of whiners. You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline,” the former bank owner said.