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. Oleg, CA

    When I am old, I don't want to become complete idiot.

    Obama 2008

    April 19, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. burt

    Fear mongering

    April 19, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. jimmy vekmen

    jIMMY CARTER TALKING TO HAMAS (LIKE hEZBOLLAH) AVOWED ENEMIES OF ISRAEL AND SUPPORTED BY IRAN IS TALKING TO THE WRONG PEOPLE. iRAN IS THE POWER, MONEY AND WEAPONS BACKER OF THESE TERRORISTS. ALQAEDA MAY NOT
    HAVE TRAINING CAMPS IN IRAN BUT THEY STILL GET THE RESOURCES FROM THAT SAME COUNTRY. tHERE IS NO WAY IN THE WORLD THAT CARTER CAN CONVINCE HAMAS TO STOP ATTACKING ISRAEL. THE ONLY WAY IS TO STOP IRAN WHICH DESPITE ALL U.N. SANCTIONS HAS SNUBBED ALL THE NATIONS
    AND CONTINUES ITS PUSUIT OF NUCLEAR WAEPONS.
    OF COURSE NOBODY TALKS OF WAR, BUT IT IS INEVITABLE
    THAT AT SOME POINT ISRAEL, EUROPE OR NATO WILL SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. TRAGICALLY ALL NATIONS WILL SUFFER
    BECAUSE OF THE OIL SHORTAGES THAT WILL FOLLW A MIDDLE EAST WAR WITH IRAN.

    April 19, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Emma CA

    My view of John McCain was that he was at least a gentleman despite being out of touch with workable solutions for American problems.
    I regret to see the way he is conducting himself. Really, "Give me some money because Hamas spoke positively of Obama. Does it mean to him that Obama is a terrorist? Actually, what he seems to be saying is, "I must wreck the image of Obama because he may win the GE.

    April 19, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. wolfsbane

    CNN, this is absolutely irresponsible, to have the article text cut off at the fundraising appeal. It has the distinct appearance that CNN is fundraising for McCain.

    This isn't newsworthy, but if you continue this, then give equal treatment to Obama's fundraising letters.

    April 19, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. democrat

    Now we know for sure who McCain would rather run against in November. If he felt that Clinton was more of a threat they would have come up with something against her the weekend before a major primary. But it's obvious that they don't want Obama to be the nominee since they know they will have a harder time winning against him.

    April 19, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. The observer

    Here comes the fear-mongers on the Republican side.

    April 19, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. JP SW

    What's wrong with you CNN. I'm sure this news is available to you.

    April 18, 2008

    Hillary Rodham Clinton added a new trio of superdelegates to her tally on Friday. Jim Florio and Brendan Byrne, endorsed Mrs. Clinton as well as Betty Sutton of Ohio, the district she represents is in northeastern Ohio.

    April 19, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Moose

    Ahhhh yes, the Republican sludge machine....Have they been following the results of Hillary's latest attacks, she dropped in polls accross the board. Newsflash! We cannot send troops to ever nation on the planet McCain. Also despite the tremendous contributions of our soldiers, we see how ineffective and expensive it is to try and enforce our will with tanks and bombs. We're going to learn a new word today republicans...DIPLOMACY. You cannot have a forign policy that's sole focus is nation hopping around the middle east with our combat brigades....While the threat f force should always be a constant and excercised when appropriate, it will not solve the fundamental issues we have in the middle east. CAN WE PLEASE USE OUR HEADS NOT OUR BOMBS IN 2009! This nation needs a wake up call....

    April 19, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. j

    Why is it negative that America's enemies may view her positively? McCain has such a warped worldview – he wants this country to be hated! He wants terrorists to target American. It's sick. For the first time, he has officially lost my respect.

    April 19, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Yeah McCain and John Hagee favors you. I guess his brand of terrorism is ok with you.

    April 19, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Brian

    dirty politics.

    April 19, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. NO NO McCain!!!!

    Wow!! I never knew he would stoop this low!!! I will never vote for him!!!!! I have been an Obama supporter, but if Hillary wins the nomination, I will certainly vote for her before I ever vote for this old jerk!!!

    Obama '08

    Hillary '08

    McCain, you need to take a BC powder and go to bed!!!!

    April 19, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Gloria Bandy

    Soooo- if the leader of Iran says, "I kinda like that McCain", we should all tremble at the thought of supporting the Republican senator...
    Oh, no, you don't, not this time. The old politics counts on reactionary responses to fear; they really don't want anyone thinking too much. Thinking people would notice the straits we're in after 8 botched years of 'staying the course' and tax breaks that never trickled down. Get out of the way- we're coming to take our country back. Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Woman

    Are you really going there John McCain??

    Everyone in the world is DESPERATE to speak to a sane person from our government. You are not it. A president that does not know the difference between Shi'a and Sunni can't be that leader. We already have that kind of leadership.

    I know that Barack Obama will stand for Isreal but I aslo know that Barack Obama has a better chance of brokering agreements in a region that is in deep trouble. Sinn Fein was also a terrorist faction but it took sane people to broker an agreement that has allowed the British to live life without the fear of bombs in store fronts. The Irish now have a very prosperous economy and the people also live in a lot less fear of the other side.

    It is time for a new page and help the people of Isreal and Palestine to reach an agreement. Barack Obama is that person and you John McCain (the torture candidate) are not.

    April 19, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Ted van Tol

    Ofcourse Hamas wants Obama. He will end wars
    and I am sure that he will bring peace in the midle East to.
    A state for the Palestinens where they can live in peace with
    the Israeli's.
    The world will be amazed when they see what Obama can!
    He will be respected in the whole world.
    There are also a lot of Obama lovers in Europe!
    What a diference he wil make after Bush.

    Yes he can!

    Ted. The Netherlands.

    April 19, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Grant

    Fear vs. Hope. That's the choice. I will choose Hope and vote for Obama

    April 19, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Tek Jansen

    Wow, I didn't know that trying to work with other people was such a bad thing. Diplomacy, reason, and logic are clearly is terrible ways to try to operate foreign policy. I guess the next time I have a disagreement, I'll be sure to hawk it up and just start throwing punches instead of talking out some differences.

    April 19, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. E. Fishman

    Self serving.

    April 19, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. michael, Gladstone, MO

    And with "100 years" in Iraq, I'm sure that Osama Bin Laden would support a John McCain presidency. Keeping the current policies in place, we could be on a run to follow the Soviet Union and the Roman Empire, bankrupting ourselves and driving our currency into worthlessness.

    If anyone seriously thought that a change in foreign policy would be so drastic as to "surrender to terrorists" or "aid our enemies," then I have reservations about giving them a voter registration card. When the dust settles, our fundamental Middle East policies will remain intact – support for Israel, continued limited military involvement, and a disconnect on how to actually deal with the region.

    April 19, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. marty cox

    a cheap shot, but mcpain in the past has show what a racist he is.

    April 19, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Tek Jansen

    Sorry, let me fix my silly error:

    Please note that I recognize my error in the "Diplomacy, reason, and logic are clearly is terrible ways to try to operate foreign policy." statement. It should read:

    Diplomacy, reason, and logic are clearly terrible ways to try to operate foreign policy.

    April 19, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Mary

    What a ridiculous campaign McCain is running and I can't wait till Obama is officially the nominee and can take him on. The only difference between Bush & McCain is their age. McCain doesn't get the fact that the American people won't fall for the fear tactics again. We're smarter than that at last. It's been a hard lesson but Bush is finally on the way out and we are soooo relieved. No chance he's getting another term in the guise of McCain.

    April 19, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Jason

    Ya, so what? He might like Orange Juice too.. does that mean we shouldn't drink it? Is it really a surprise that pretty much everyone in the world is looking for a change in the party that has defined our foreign policy for the last eight years?

    April 19, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. taxpayer

    "elitists"

    April 19, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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