April 19th, 2008
03:25 PM ET
6 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.

Obama supporter Rep. Robert Wexler responded to the McCain fundraising e-mail Friday. "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.

UPDATE: EDITED to reflect that the World Net Daily/WABC exclusive interview has since been widely distributed through other news outlets.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (980 Responses)
  1. H.Cummings

    Is CNN going to spread the propaganda of Mccain now? Do you not have any jounalistict morals to report things that actually matter?

    April 19, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. change1

    BUSH HAS MADE US EVEN MORE HATED IN THE WORLD. WE NEED A WORLD UNITER, SO ALL THIS HATRED AND VIOLENCE AND INNOCENT LIVES LOST WILL END!

    MCCAIN IS A BUSH EXTENSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Julie

    I hope the rest of America can see though this type of sham. It's despicable, and juvenile, but I guess they're trying to attrack the lowest common denominator. And, when you have no viable aspects yourself, you look to smear the other. John McBush, run on your own accredidations – but I guess since the serious de-railing of the straight talk express, you have to grovel in the sewer.

    April 19, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Joe Fontana

    How sick can the McCain camp be...or better, how desperate are they now. This is about as low as a campaign can get. It's disgusting. I can't believe that Sen. McCain would stoop this low. But then, he has so turned around from what he was to what he is now–a Bush clone–that maybe we shouldn't be surprised at this turn of events. The whole episode is just a c omplete disappointment in him and his campaign staff.

    April 19, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Mari

    If true, however doubtful, this is an expression of hope for Middle easterners and Americans alike. When we get a president putting forth policies that are TRUSTWORTHY ACROSS THE GLOBE, then it is believable that peace may be at hand.

    GObama

    April 19, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Kristen

    An uncredited quote from World Net Daily? Somewhat funny, but now we know what their tactic will be. Try to make him seem like all the terrorists love him. Gee could he be one himself? Don't fall for the fear tactic, America!

    April 19, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. frank

    I DO NOT TRUST MCCAIN AND HIS CAMP. PEOPLE OF TIRED OF NEGATIVE REMARKS, PLEASE TELL US WHAT YOU PLAN TO DO WITH THE FUNDS AND WE WOULD DECIDE WHETHER TO SUPPORT YOU OR NOT. I HOPE YOU DON'T PLAN TO USE THE FUNDS TO PERPETUATE NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNS!

    April 19, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Peter of Oregon

    This attack on Obama by the McCain camp is recklessly unpatriotic, devisive, and meanspirited. It does not benefit the American people.

    Don't substitute substance with fear mongering. If at this point you don't feel your campaign has enough substance to defeat Obama on the issues impacting the American people, why not gracefully bow out of the race McCain?

    Romney did it. Most American's would completely understand if you did so too for the good of the American people in this time of war and economic turmoil.

    The more I see and hear you, the more I feel you're too grumpy to be President.

    April 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Mark

    Predictably, McCain relies on ignorance to get votes. It's his only chance.

    April 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Travis

    We keep getting more and more evidence that Obama is the WRONG choice to lead this country. He is in-experienced politically, he is in-experienced militarily, we have seen evidence that his so called Christian views are nothing but mindless anti-American venom filled chatter, and that he would more than likely reduce ties with our current allies and that this country would begin holding talks with Iran and other islamic led countries. We don't need this man in office. Anyone but him. I don't like or trust Clinton, but I will vote for her over Obama any day. More than likely I will throw my vote to McCain. I just wish he would pull our troops from Iraq. They really don't need to be there.

    April 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. carlo

    Okay, this is the lowest of the low. This tactic is so slimy that I actually didn't think this could come from the honorable McCain. And just think, I actually thought that I could stomach voting for McCain if Obama didn't get the nomination. I was so wrong.

    April 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Brian

    The neo-nazi's, KKK and other terrorist groups back McCain!

    April 19, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Another Typical White Woman

    John McCain is proving to be a bigger idiot than Bush.

    April 19, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. John Morelock

    It is unfortunate that the tone of McCain and of Clinton is dependent on the heavy use of fear and only the barest shadow of substance.

    Clinton's ego and McCain's misguided patriotism send messages that detract from the chance for change this country so desperately needs– that Obama offers.

    April 19, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Molly Weasley

    What utter crap.

    April 19, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. OBAMATheGreat2008

    McCain does not deserve to be Prez after a stunt like this. Low, low, low fearmongering. Why isn't the press bashing McCain over the head about this? No more of the McSame in 08.

    OBAMA 08

    April 19, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. R.O.B.

    It really doesn't matter what McCain or Hillary says about Obama, the more they try to bring him down, the more popular he's gonna become. He will win the nomination, and he will win the general election. Bottom Line.

    OBAMA '08

    April 19, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Alex

    This is the same type of strategy used by President Bush and many other Republicans. Scare the American people into thinking that if a Democrat is elected President we will be playing into the hands of terrorists. The reality is, President Bush by invading Iraq has created a recruiting paradise for terrorist groups in Iraq and by focusing almost all of our attention in Iraq we have neglected to properly conduct our mission in Afghanistan to actually take out the people who did attack us. John McCain being willing to keep hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq, when countless experts say that nothing can be accomplished in Iraq while U.S. troops remain there, is proposing a strategy which would continue to diminish our military resources and cost our country billions of dollars a year. Currently we do not have the capability to handle any major crisis which may happen due to our strategy in Iraq and John McCain wants to continue this. We are far less safe now than we were prior to invading Iraq, and John McCain would keep us in this overextended state indefinitely. The only way to ensure a favorable outcome in the Middle East is to end our occupation of Iraq and start talking with all the leaders in that region, including those we don't like. There is no way of accomplishing anything in the Middle East unless we start major diplomatic efforts with not only our allies in the region, but more importantly those countries like Iran who we have major disagreements with. John McCain should know better than to use typical Republican propaganda to attack Sen. Obama even if it is true that a Hamas leader has said he wants Obama to win the election. Obama's foreign policy will be much more effective than President Bush's strategy of isolating our enemies and conducting preemptive war which John McCain has enthusiastically supported and vowed to continue.

    April 19, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Barbara Ellsworth

    How low will McCain and his campaign stoop to win the presidency?
    Is this what America wants for the next four years?
    As far as I am concerned this type of comment is nothing but a smear campaign. McCain is one scary individual in my book with his hair-trigger temper, his lack of understanding of the economy and his willingness to offer up our young men and women for the next hundred years fighting a no-win war in Iraq that should never have been started.
    I think we need Obama more than ever!

    April 19, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Peter of Oregon

    This attack on Obama by the McCain camp is recklessly unpatriotic, devisive, and meanspirited. It does not benefit the American people.

    Don't substitute substance with fear mongering. If at this point you don't feel your campaign has enough substance to defeat Obama on the issues impacting the American people, why not gracefully bow out of the race McCain?

    Romney did it. Most American's would completely understand if you did so too for the good of the American people in this time of war and economic turmoil.

    The more I see and hear you, the more I feel you're too grumpy to be President.

    Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Tom, Iowa

    Of all the low down dirty political tricks!

    The American people have said that they will not dictated by rules of fear. This is inexcusable.

    April 19, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. v.ananthan

    I am a Hillary supporter and there is nothing wrong with Hamas liking Obama or Hillary talking to Hamas to bring peace if she gets elected as the president of America . ...

    Hamas won the elections and they do represent the palestine people .....

    Mccain should focus on the real issues....

    The case is Hillary Clinton is a better leader to lead America than both Obama and Mccain....

    Hillary 08.

    April 19, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. j gannon

    Wow, I guess everyone including me, an older, white woman wants to have a great President for a change.
    from an Obama mama!

    April 19, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Jonathan of Tampa, FL

    John McClaim has a real problem. I am convinced his time as a prisoner has psychologically affected him. He is going to lose his temper and push the button!!

    April 19, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Jenny from IN

    McCain is manipulative. Americans are WAY too smart to fall for this neoconservative propaganda lie machine again.

    And "Obama is too inexperienced to deal with terrorist organizations...?"

    OK, correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it McCain who didn't know that Iran and al Qaeda are NOT working together and are actually working AGAINST each other? And foreign policy is supposed to be his forte? This man is just an extension of George W Bush.

    I will NEVER let scare politics and manipulation affect a single decision in my life! This election is too important!

    Obama '08!

    April 19, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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