At today’s town hall meeting on women’s economic insecurity in Fairfax, Virginia, Obama will respond to the comments of McCain economic advisor Phil Gramm.

From Political Punch:

McCain, Obama will tell the crowd, “won’t bring the change we need – while I will. That starts with acknowledging the economic difficulties so many women are facing right now. Senator McCain, however, has said that we’ve made ‘great progress’ on the economy. And Senator Phil Gramm, a top economic advisor to Senator McCain, just recently said that this is merely ‘a mental recession.’ Senator Gramm then deemed the United States – and I quote – ‘a nation of whiners.'”

Obama will continue: “This comes after Senator McCain recently admitted that his energy proposals will have mainly ‘psychological’ benefits. Well, you know, America already has one Dr. Phil. When it comes to the economy, we don’t need another. Let’s be clear, when people are struggling with the rising costs of everything from gas to groceries, when we’ve lost 438,000 jobs over the past six months, when typical families have seen their incomes fall nearly $1,000 since 2000, this economic downturn isn’t in our heads. It isn’t whining to ask for more than just psychological relief.”