April 19th, 2008
03:25 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.

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. ART in TX

    Wow....here we go. You wanna fight? Okay....bring it on McBush!!

    America won't fall for your politics of fear. Not this time. Trying to link Obama with a terrorist regime will be your downfall in 2008. The fact is you want to a continue a failed war and Americans want out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Don - Illinois

    Oh great now Obama has to apologize because yet another group of people like him. The reason many people like Obama is because he offers the prospect of something different for the first time in a long time.

    Sorry McBush. The American people aren't going to fall for Republican scare tactics this time...

    April 19, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. RUAL VA VOTER

    Here we go again... old tactics Circa 2000, and 2004

    I'm dissapointed that they think we are so stupid to fall for those same tricks again.

    April 19, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Sean

    Who cares? So the world loves him. You don't have to agree with someone elses' policies to respect them. Why does McCain want to have the "If they're not with us, they're against us" attitude? Maybe if the world leaders would be on "talking terms" there wouldn't be so much violence. It's a known fact that much of the world despises US policy around the world. Now we're finally in a position that we can change that. Yes we can!

    Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Suzie Applebee

    I find the outright racism that McNasty and Hillabeans are exhibiting simply deplorable. I could never vote for either one of them!!

    OBAMA '08

    April 19, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Larry

    There is always a negative comment made when there is a discussion of "talks" with anyone who has different ideas from the people who run this country. Well, perhaps we shold consider that the only way we can ever gain any understanding or fimd any peace is to discuss our differences and work them out. The lack of commnication does nothing but create more divides between people. If the powers that be are so much against talking with those who are perceived as oue enemies then why is there so much conversation between those who profess that they are the best choice to run the counry than their opponents? Communication breeds understanding. Silence promotes ignorance.

    April 19, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. rick

    Some conseratives are so too faced it makes me sick. They never practice what they preach. McCain is Bush in an older body... Let's talk to the lesbian who wants to adopt and see what she has to say about this... please... quote a credible paper, not some two bit national inquirer wanabe.

    April 19, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Michael Kami

    Your ugly inuendos about Obama and Hamas just lost you a vote and a substantial campaign contribution as well as made me shift from Republican to Democrat.
    You should be ashamed of your inept stupidity.
    M. Kami

    April 19, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Actually John McCain’s campaign did John McCain a disfavor. This means Barack Obama has more influence over Harmas to bring about a Middle East peace settlements. Bless are the peace makers they shall called the children of God.

    John McCain like George Bush and his neo-conservative buddies only know force and to every conflict is regime change and wars.

    April 19, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. MollyO

    Is McCain for real? Is this going to be how he attacks Obama? Poll the global community and you'll see that there is enthusiasm acorss the board for Obama. I can't wait to see him doing an international tour after he's nominated so that the voters can see how much the wolrd is looking for us to change, to go back to the great nation we can be, breaking away from the control of corporate interests which are bankrupting our future.

    All of these attempts to condemn Barack on hearsay are simply transparent diversions from the issues at hand. I really don't think the public is stupid enough to fall for this again, but I guess we can never underestimate the power of the media to distort the message.

    -OBAMA fan since reading "The Audacity of Hope"

    April 19, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Nikole

    Can we even tell the difference between MSM and tabloids anymore?

    April 19, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. MBFLA

    Yes, I imagine most of the world would prefer us to use diplomacy before bombs. I do not think that would be a bad thing. By the way, Mr McCain, have you figured out the difference between the Sunnis and Shia's yet?

    April 19, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. Indy for Obama

    This is good. Is McCain running on the idea that we should vote for him because more dangerous organizations HATE him? Yes, that's a great idea, then they might grow to hate us even more and try to harm us further, BRILLIANT! What a plan.

    April 19, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. RICARDO PHILLIPS OF D.C

    yOU KNOW WHATEVER MEDIA WOULD CARRY SOME BS LIKE THIS NEEDS TO BE STRIPPED OF ALL ITS CREDENTIALS. MCAIN WANTS TO BE ABOUT WAR OBAMA WANTS TO NEGOTIATE TO POSSIBLY DETER FROM GOING TO WAR. SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? COUNTRIES WHOM HAVE BEEN FEUDING FOR YEARS WOULD LIKE HELP FOR CHANGE. SO PLEASES TRY ANOTHER REVERSE PSYCOLOGY SCHEME ON THOSE CLINTON AND MCAIN SUPPORTERS. MCAIN AND CLINTON SHOULD BE ON THE SAME TICKET. SHE IS NOW TRYING TO RENIG ON HER COMMENT SAYING NOW OBAMA WOULD BE THE BETTER FIT THAN MCAIN.

    April 19, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Michelle

    Thank goodness we're on the brink of having President Barack Obama who will actually try to speak to our enemies in an effort to create a better world. Shame on you, John, for your failed attempt to dupe the American public into believing Barack Obama will somehow align with Hamas. We're smarter than that. Thanks, though, for encouraging me to donate again to Senator Barack Obama's campaign.

    We the People

    April 19, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Jon

    Right, and Skinheads and Blackwater vets and swiftboat Republicans prefer McCain twelve to one over Obama.

    As Hillary has warned, the Republicans play dirty dirty dirty.

    April 19, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. Theo

    This is sick..... McPain shame on you! And you call Obama an elitist at the same time????

    April 19, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Hunter

    Shocker...

    Liberal hack tries to discredit where the comments came from by slamming it as "conservative"...

    Never mind the fact that an interview was also given by WABC radio as well...

    But, that wasn't mentioned for some....strange...reason...

    Did you accidentally mail your "journalistic integrity" along with your contribution to Obama's campaign?...

    Hack...

    April 19, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. joe

    What a great way to beg for some money. Sorry but i gave all i had to the Obama campaign.

    April 19, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Tom

    More proof that McCain is just another four years of Bush in the making. I am tired of this kind of fear-based, smear-based campaigning! Obama offers something better: clear thinking, constructive action, respect for all people, and integrity.

    April 19, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Eric P

    What is Wexler even talking about? Those comment should have been addressed to Obama, NOT McCain.

    April 19, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. Richard

    Wow, Hamas wanting Obama to be president is like a meth pusher wanting a coke head to be his probation officer. We are living in scary times folks....could 2008 be some sort of a cross road for america....which directions will we go?

    April 19, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Ann Holt

    I am one of those voters McCain's campaign sent that e-mail to-my responce was; not all voters are stupid and do their homework. I watched the ABC debate with Hillary and Barack, he said, "I would not speak with Hemes." regarding Jimmy Carter question. The part that bothers me is all these campaign people just say what ever they like with out researching information, Clinton and McCain. I told the Mc Cain campaign we all have parents and grand parents that are war hero's to us. That is not what the American people I talk to care about. The main concern for me is my pocketbook and all the support and money our political leaders are making and then saying oh...they will help us, we have been listening to that for too long! I am one of those older voters Bill clinton spoke of, and way to smart to listen to all of the Spin Masters words. the Clintons, Bush and Penn Allience are still selling us out even during the campaign. Some americans are oblivious!

    April 19, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. Jim

    Odd. You'd think they'd prefer the party that has driven our country to the edge of financial ruin, allowed the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor to occur, made our nation an international pariah and strengthened international terrorism with a pointless invasion of one of the few secular nations in the Middle East– and a sworn enemy of Al Qaeda, at that.

    That just goes to show you. Foreigners don't understand American politics.

    Kind of like most Americans....

    April 19, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. Dee

    What a bunch of bull! So much for McSame's nice, respectful campaign.

    April 19, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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