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. Moe, NY

    Scare tacticts won't cut it this time around...sorry McCain.

    April 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. SNOBama

    NO WIMPS IN THE WHITEHOUSE!

    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Now for Obama

    Mccain is pathetic! Where are your Medical Records old Man

    April 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. PA

    DISGUSTING FEAR-MONGERING!!!!!! Please John, the country has rescrpt for you right now. Don't become Washington at it's worst.

    April 18, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. patrick

    SOMEONES PERSONAL VIEWS DOES NOT DISCREDIT HIS OR HER OPINION IF THE WORDS THEY SAY ARE TRUE YOU CANT BUILD A POLICY BASED ON WHO YOU WANT NOT TO AGREE WITH YOU.DOES THIS MEAN THAT IF HAMAS LEADERS SAID JESUS WAS A GREAT MAN WOULD YOU NO LONGER BE CHRISTIAN!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Doreen Augusta Maine

    My goodness, McCain, out of one side of your mouth you use the unwelcomed Hamas support for Obama to raise money; and out of the other side of your mouth, you complain that Obama misrepresented your economy comment. With regard to the economy comment, I understood what you were saying - the rich got richer and poor got poor in the last seven years. Doesn't mean that you don't pretend to care of the poor segment of society - does it?

    April 18, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Matt

    Wow. Once again, just because someone agrees with Obama does not mean Obama supports their government or beliefs. McCain is just as dirty as Clinton and Bush.

    April 18, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Elisa, PA

    And Clinton says John McCain is great friend.

    Penn state ..you can stop the Clinton mess.

    Vote Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Anthony-Minneapolis,MN

    THIS IS A STARK REASON TO NOT, I REPEAT NOT VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN. IT IS CLEAR TO ALL INTELLIGENT LEVEL THINKING PEOPLE THAT MCCAIN IS A WAR MONGER. HE SOUNDS LIKE TIM ALLEN IN THAT MOVIE "GALAXYQUEST" "NEVER RETREAT, NEVER SURRENDER" THIS IS IGNORANT AND INDICATIVE OF MCCAIN.

    FOR THE RECORD IF YOU ARE TECHNOLOGICALLY, MILITARILY STRONGER THAN YOU OPPONENT OR ENEMY HOW DOES TALKING TO THEM DIMINISH THAT STRENGTH? DUMMIES THAT SUPPORT MCCAIN CAN'T THINK THAT HARD, IT HURTS TO MUCH

    April 18, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Rara

    Is this the only way the McCain campaign and the RNC can seek to defeat Senator Obama by spouting lies and promoting terrorism? What happened to Straight Talk? You will not get this Independent's vote.

    Obama 08!

    April 18, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Jamil - Dearborn, MI

    And in his infinite wisdom, McSame wants Hamas to influence our elections!

    April 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Liz

    McCain needs to us his HEALTH RECORDS. What is he hiding?
    We the people should know what are leader is strong and healthy, both physically and mentaly. Its only fair.

    April 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Brown

    McCain is a snake. As usually trying to invoke fear in voters. Subtle, but acceptable racisim. Its obvious McCain or Clinton can't win playing fair. However I feel Obama will take off the kid gloves off for McCain. It's kinda hard to fight a lady ,so I understand the Hillary situation.

    April 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. scbrown

    CNN WHERE IS YOUR HEADLINES:

    OBAMA DROP 8 POINTS IN 3 DAYS IN THE GALLUP POLL!!!!!!!

    OBAMA HAD A 11 POINT LEAD!!!!

    April 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Paul

    *****BREAKING NEWS*****

    THE REST OF THE WORLD WANTS OBAMA TO BE PRESIDENT!

    This includes Hamas.

    April 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. bernadette

    this muckraking and lying from McCain and his staff should not surprise anyone. Just remember him singing 'bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran...' and play that over and over on the airwaves during the general election – that should smarten the voters up! He is a scary person!

    April 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Grif

    Most people in the USA, don't even go out of the City Limit's.. Only the Guy's who have been, and come back from Iraq have any Idea....
    Hamas. Is still "Jordan" to me..... Since 1967 they have wanted Isreal...

    April 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Tell the truth

    I wanted Obama to. He address my needs, which are my payckeck,bank account,taxes,gas price,healt care. All the things McCain seems to be out of touch on. Vote with facts not your heart.

    April 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Dave in Houston

    McCain said he wanted to run a respectful, dignified campaign, but I'm sure the punks he employed said, "Listen, old man, do you want to win? You can be respectful AFTER you win! Until then, let us do what we need to do to get us there!"

    And McCain just takes it.

    Pathetic.

    April 18, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Bil Jergens

    Obama is a dangerous man and will lead us down a very deadly path for Americans.

    April 18, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. scbrown

    OBAMA CAN HAVE JIMMY CARTER ENDORSEMENT SINCE IS HE MET WITH HAMAS.

    THE MEDIA WAS ALL OVER JIMMY CARTER HINTING HE WILL SUPPORT OBAMA, NOW THE MEDIA IS QUIET SINCE CARTER MET WITH HAMAS.

    IF THIS WAS HILLARY CLINTON SUPPORTER, MEDIA WOILD HAVE SLAM HER FOR THIS.

    ALSO ,OBAMA DIDN'T LIKE JIMMY CARTER MEETING WITH HAMAS,

    BUT IT'S OK FOR HIS FORMER PASTOR TO PRINT HAMAS ARTICLES AND WRITE AN ARTICLE IN LA TIMES SUPPORTING HAMAS.

    April 18, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. one guy trying to talk

    Yeah straight talk express is playing dirty, politics as usual. Kind of funny how he claims dishonesty on Obama's comments when Obama just quotes McCain's own words. Then he comes out with this non-sense completely twisting Obama's view. This actually helps solidify independents and democrats against him.

    April 18, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. dr mom, virgin islands

    Good. If that's even true. I wish it were true, because maybe we wouldn't get bombed. Maybe Obama would be the first president to usher peace in the Middle East and therefore the world, unlike his predecessors Bush, Clinton, and Bush. And unlike his rivals Clinton and Ditto.

    April 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Sam, Muncie, Ind.

    If McCain hadn't already tied himself to the out-of-control train wreck that is the Bush administration – war mongering on Iraq and Iran, failed economic policies, et al – this is incontrovertible proof that he does, indeed, represent nothing but more of the same.

    America cannot suffer a third Bush term.

    April 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. David, Silver Spring, MD

    When you consider that the wrong finger on the nuclear launch button can destroy the world, yeah I can understand why Hamas might prefer Obama over John "Bomb Bomb" McCain.

    April 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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