April 18th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
7 years ago

McCain camp says Hamas wants Obama

The McCain campaign says he would be tougher on Hamas.
The McCain campaign says he would be tougher on Hamas.

(CNN) - John McCain’s campaign sent supporters a fundraising e-mail Friday that claims Hamas approves of Democrat Barack Obama’s foreign policy vision, and is hoping for his victory this fall.

“Barack Obama's foreign policy plans have even won him praise from Hamas leaders,” writes McCain deputy campaign manager Christian Ferry. “Ahmed Yousef, chief political adviser to the Hamas Prime Minister said, ‘We like Mr. Obama and we hope he will win the election. He has a vision to change America.’”

The McCain fundraising e-mail says Obama’s stands have earned him “kind words” from Hamas. “John McCain's foreign policy provides a stark contrast to the policies of Barack Obama,” writes Ferry. “While Senator Obama would surrender in Iraq and hold talks with the Iranian regime, John McCain will never surrender in the struggle with Islamic extremists. Please join our campaign today by making a generous donation of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or $2,300.”

In response to earlier comments by McCain over Obama’s position on former President Jimmy Carter’s meeting with Hamas – when the Arizona senator said that “Senator Obama does not have the experience to make the right judgment as to how to deal with terrorist organizations, obviously” and that he approved of the dialogue – the Obama campaign said that the Democratic presidential hopeful did not condone the former president’s decision.

“Proving once again that the Straight Talk Express has lost its wheels, John McCain is repeating tired and divisive attacks about Barack Obama that he knows are flat out untrue,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. “Barack Obama disagreed with President Carter's meeting with Hamas and has said so repeatedly, and we look forward to John McCain's clarification and apology for his latest false political attack.”

UPDATE: Obama supporter Rep. Robert Wexler responded to the McCain fundraising e-mail. "John McCain likes to talk about the civil campaign he plans to run, and yet today he has engaged in a shameful, divisive, and cynical kind of politics that he pretends to reject - all in reckless pursuit of campaign dollars," said Wexler, calling the message "empty tough talk and divisive fear mongering."

"We call on Senator McCain to reject this embarrassing and outrageous tone, and to join with Barack Obama in calling for an America that is united in its determination to isolate Hamas and support our ally Israel," he said.

(Updated 5 p.m. with Obama response; EDITED to reflect that the World Net Daily/WABC interview has since been widely distributed through other news outlets.)


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (420 Responses)
  1. Vince - Phoenix

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS.....

    TRYING TO CAPITALIZE ON "THIS"....

    (Sigh.....) you just plain disgust me.

    April 18, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Older White Female

    It sounds like McCain's camp has been talking with Hamas again.

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Paul

    That happens when we go to the extremes

    Hillary- President of the United States of America

    She is the only democrat that can compete with McCain and win the White House to imrpove our lives.

    April 18, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Penn State

    HAMAS ENDORSES OBAMA!!!!! CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN!!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Brian

    I read all the comments, and liberals just amaze me. Why would you need to document a source that claims that Hamas wants Obama? Of course Hamas wants Obama, just like Iran, the Taliban, and I'm sure Osama Bin Laden. They know he is going to leave them alone and let them do whatever they want to do. That is of course, unless he sits down with them and listens to their concerns that Israel should be eradicated and the world should convert to Islam. McCain knows what they want, and realizes that there is no need to talk.
    Keep up the good work, John McCain. Everyone here seems to be snowballed by Obama. Hamas certainly has not been.

    April 18, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. George from Minneapolis

    Seems Hamas and I have something in common, I want Obama also.

    April 18, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    It makes sense for McCain and the Republican machine to use "cynicism and fear" to raise funds for their campaign.

    Why?

    Because they have nothing else to offer the American people except "more of the same." This is exactly why I and millions of other Americans are going to consistently contribute to the Obama campaign. We are and will continue to match and beat every dollar raise, every hour volunteered and every negative word spoken with our humble $5, $10, $15, $25 and $50 donations, volunteer hours spent after work and on the weekends, and words of "hope over cynicism and fear" to make Barack Obama the 44th President of the United States of America on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.

    You better believe...YES WE CAN!

    Tyrone Brown
    37th Legislative District State Delegate / Obamacrat
    Seattle, WA

    April 18, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Chris W.

    >>"I think the legal voting age should be raised to 25.The immaturity of the obama supporters on here smacks of spoiled college brats.Talk to me about obama when youve been in the real world kiddies." <<

    Sorry, pops, you may have enjoyed the Great Depression, but that doesn't mean we should have to endure a second one.

    April 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Dan , TX

    I read with interest McCain's points.

    Makes me even more likely to vote for Obama. Sounds like even our enemies respect him.

    April 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Wayne

    This will confirm the intelligence or the collective stupidity of the American voter. Will we be controlled by candy coated terror alerts, fear tactics and spin or will we reject the disasterous policies of the last 8 years. 2 WARS..neither with a clear end. 4000 dead soldiers..1 trillion dollar war...

    McCain embraces the policies of the far right. He panders to them. If we fall for it again..pack your bags gents..this country is toast.

    April 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. D.Kimbro OHIO

    John McCain sit down and shut up!!! It was due to the negligence of you and your party that these organizations even have a voice in the world.

    April 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Paul Dobro

    How scared of Obama is McCain?

    Hillary is introduced by John Murtha by saying McCain is too old and McCain memo replies with a memo that does not mention Clinton and later mentions Omaba.

    McCain makes no comments on CAFTA-gate, Bosnia -Gate, or any other Clinton campaign issue.

    McCain camp has yelled in tandem with everything coming from the Clinto camp against the Obama.

    McCain makes no comment condeming the words of Geoff Davis "boy" and other misstatements.

    McCain will never admit he knows Obama not to be Muslim and prefers to let the 15% still think he is.

    Now they FEAR (nasty four letter word) by saying terrrist will be dancing in the streets if he is elected.

    And McCain says he is not McBush???????

    April 18, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Martha, Washington State

    Shame on McCain. That line of tactics are nothing more than what one would expect from the Bush admo... and now from the hypocritical McCain.

    April 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Jason

    One would think it's a little early in the process for desparate tactics like this, but apparently not. My money says Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh run this into the ground too.

    OBAMA '08

    April 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Sonia CA

    The Republicans have not even started to attack Obama, just WAIT ..... they will have fun with the Jr. Sen. They will not think twice before they call him names, attack his wife, his family JUST WAIT TO SEE! I can hardly wait how they will chew him alive!!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Paul C.

    John and company should get a new tune.
    I certainly hope that the American people don't fall for the fear mongering again. It worked twice and they voted for the wrong person for the wrong reasons and got us into what will be regarded by history as the greatest fiasco since the Civil War.
    If the truth be known Al Quaeda wants the U.S. to stay in Iraq as their greatest recruitment tool.
    I shutter to think that we could have 4 more years of Republican lunacy.

    April 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Chris W.

    >>"I think the legal voting age should be raised to 25.The immaturity of the obama supporters on here smacks of spoiled college brats.Talk to me about obama when youve been in the real world kiddies." <<

    Sorry, pops, you may have enjoyed the Great Depression, but that doesn't mean we should have to endure a second one...

    April 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Hillary 08!!!

    Obama lumama has .0000000000000001 per cent chance!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. Gee barry

    I think we should take away the money that most republicans have
    accumulated by going offshore for cheap labor in a lot
    of industries and put them back out there in the workforce to start over today at $8.00 an hour.

    April 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Heather Seattle, Wa

    uh, maybe i am simple but perhaps if we had a president that even the "bad guys" liked maybe they would be less inclined to blow the hell out of us and our allies.

    April 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Paul S

    Are you kidding me? I think I'm not alone in thinking that this year we could have finally had a reasoned, civil, policy-driven campaign by both Senators McCain and Obama. This campaign email is evident that we are in for a long electoral season of dealing to the lowest common denominator.

    April 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Ray Ito

    This is the problem with the Republican party. So what if the enemy praises you?

    Let friends and foes praise you.
    The idealogical "righteous" position of the Republicans is what has divided the country.
    Why must we continue to support only Israel's interests and not the Arabs also? Are they not God's children?

    The Jewish people will never do anything to help you or your community. They won't eat your food, contibute to your charity and help your neighborhood but America is all about "support" the Jews.
    This gotto STOP.

    April 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. GloriafromPA

    The fear-mongering from the Repugs begins again. Must have asked Bush what he would do if he knew he was going to lose, and Busch said, do what I did when I knew I would never get re-elected.

    April 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. dwho

    This is just a confirmation about what Obama has been saying throughout his campaign that he will talk with his enemies. Obama says that we should never fear to negotiate but we should not negotiate out of fear.

    So, What is McCain problems? Hamas leaders are also watching the campaigns processes going on this country. It seems like they are tired with what is going between they and Israel but no one wants to talk with them.

    This just proves Obama readiness this lead instead of McCain.

    April 18, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Miss Belief

    I'll choose transformative change over fear any day. McCain is in for a good fight. but side by side with Obama, he doesn't stand a chance.

    April 18, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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