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. Sharon, Seattle

    Mc"Cane" is trying to use the same scare tactics that the repugs always trot out. I'm not drinking that Koolaid again but apparently "Maverick" has.

    April 19, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. emile jean

    Obama unify, this is what the people of this planet need.
    Diplomatic solution is what we want.The supporter
    of Mcbush are welcome to join us.
    Obama 08

    April 19, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. mike

    Wouldn't you think people are tired of this mentality? I guess not. People still believe this crap.

    April 19, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. TEH

    A stupid move from a warmonger.. what to expect! It proves nothing but how shallow is McSame and the rest of the warmongers behind this flyer and the NRC campaign in general. Earning the respect of your enemy is a positive thing, a great thing not a ground for attacks. Obama has repeated called the Hamas elected government a "terrorist organization". What else McSame wants him to do or say? Why is it a crime to gain the respect of the world including your enemy. That is the only way you can solve the problems of this world.

    April 19, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Beth

    It appears the smear campaign has started already. The spirit of Joe McCarthy is alive and well in the Republican party.

    April 19, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Arina

    Shame on McSame.

    April 19, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. NO MCCAIN'T

    MCCAIN WANT TO WIN ON FEARMONGERING AND HATE NOT POLICY.

    April 19, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Barbara Thompson

    Everyone all over the world supports Obama..why shouldn't Hamas..Is that suppose to make Obama lose votes..look at what he has done in America in terms of bringing people together and .. this is what is going to happen throughout the world..."Don't you get it"

    April 19, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Tim, Atlanta GA

    This is disgusting.....

    And seriously, the Bush/McCain foreign policy has been so successful in fighting organizations like Hamas... why not try something different!

    April 19, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Joseph

    This is not an issue. Get a life and stop injecting fear. We cannot be fooled for the second time. McBush and Fox news( we lie, you decide) seem to be afraid of facing Obama because he will completely subdue them. It won't be long because we are coming for all the Republicans and those narrow-minded anchors on Fox news. We will restore this country and take it back from the neo-cons. Yes we can!!!

    April 19, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. zeena

    One wants 100 year of war

    The other wants to end the war

    Of Course- even enemy knows who is better

    Nobody wants bloodshed...

    April 19, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. clay

    Understand, people, that when any sort of terrorist organization is content with American, that is a good thing! It means they won't feel like crashing planes into our buildings anymore!! We can no longer afford to have such an elementary understanding on terrorism. More war = more ticked off people = more violence. Get it?

    April 19, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Barbara Thompson

    Everyone all over the world supports Obama..why shouldn't Hamas..Is that suppose to make Obama lose votes..look at what he has done in America in terms of bringing people together and .. this is what is going to happen throughout the world..."Don't you get it"

    April 19, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Joseph Adewole

    Nonsense, If really Hamas wants Obama to win, they are certainly correct; at least Americans will now be able to sleep well without the fear of attack from any corner under Obama.

    April 19, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. a huntington NY

    It's obvious that the words "news" and "News organization" no longer mean what they used to mean. There is now no source for facts, only biased pursuasive garbage. CNN's recognition of this story as news further defines CNN as the purveyor of biased garbage that it is. Shame on you.

    April 19, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. golden_child

    Maybe thats not a bad thing! Maybe he can bring peace to the to the Palestinian and isreal affair. I sure know that McCain or Clinton never will!

    April 19, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. tapp

    EVERYONE IN TH MIDDLE EAST WOULD WANT EITHER OBAMA OR CLINTON, DO YOU THINK THEY WOULD WANT SOMEONE WHO IS LIKE BUSH? MCCAIN CAMP SHOULD JUST SAY THE WHOLE MIDDLE EAST WANT'S OBAMA. DON'T JUST SAY "HAMAS" TELL THE WHOLE STORY.

    April 19, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. Harvey, Tampa, FL

    Say what you want about McCain, Obama clearly has a few shady characters and groups in his background. Whether or not it amounts to much, they're are still some unusually strong links to a number of less than savory individuals connected to the Obama camp...

    April 19, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Geo

    This is typical of the Republicans. Let's try and scare everyone to get their support. McCain is just a coninuation of the failed policies of Bush. McCain needs to be retired. He can't even think for himself.

    April 19, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. truth

    Sorry this is not news!!! CNN mainstream news try writing something with substance.

    April 19, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. McBomb

    we will bomb iran, afghanestan, pakistan, russia, china,india,
    germany, french........etc.....

    screw the gas prices...education...healthcare...

    yours truly,
    McBomb

    April 19, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Bob G

    This is far, far below what I expected from John McCain.

    April 19, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. WiseYoda

    Obama, fearless he is.

    Defeat the dark side of the Republican party he will.

    We can, Yes!

    Obama 08

    April 19, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. OMG!

    Does he mean to say that we have to choose between:

    Talking to the people we are at war with to stop the bloodshed

    or

    "Bomb, Bomb, Iran"?

    All of the Great leaders of this nation worked with the leaders of our biggest enemies to bring peace to the world...

    Lincoln
    Kennedy
    Reagan

    You can even include Lyndon Johnson, if your perspective is that blacks were the nation's enemy 40 years ago.

    Just another upside to an Obama presidency, IMO.

    April 19, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. mike

    Is this all we get from the straight talking, distinguished patriot and man of honor? Are these the words of someone who resents being called a warmongerer? Or is this a campaign of fear tactics from someone who is obviously afraid of Barack Obama. John McCain is stooping to Bush politics and the swift boat attacks I am sure will folow. One problem, Americans will reject this type of politics this year. It hasn't worked for Hillary and it cannot cloud the disgraceful actions of the republican party the last 8 years.

    April 19, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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