April 18th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain camp says Hamas wants Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/18/art.mccainemail.cnn.jpg caption="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. Vince - Phoenix

    Hillary hatchet people, and the republican party in general...

    would rather torpedo this country than to see this man as president.

    you all are morally and mentally diseased. you are an infection and a boil on the underside of our country.

    The founding fathers of these United States of America would vomit at what you have done to the democracy they envisioned.

    April 18, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. Anthony

    I thought McCain and co. said they wouldnt stoop so low as to pplay ont he Hussein thing?

    April 18, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. chris isner

    wait a sec....which is better for us, for our president to be universally liked or universally hated? hmmmm....Bush is universally hated and we got 9/11, we've got 4,000 dead in uniform. I can't remember a president being liked by the world. It's not just the terrorists; the entire world likes Obama. And that's....bad?

    April 18, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. jan43

    If you loved Bush and Cheney, you'll love McCain. 100 years of war, tax cuts to the rich, politics of McFear.

    April 18, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. Phil G. , New York

    Straight talk my but!! McCain with that i have just lost all respect for you. I have been one of the most vocal Obama supports and i also said I liked you as a person as well as defended you to some critics but you have jus t stepped out of bounds with ur campaign and its over. OBAMA /Clinton Clinton/Obama or whoever except MCBUSH!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd vote for Ralph Nader instead of you.

    April 18, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Wingit

    Maybe they see something in Obama that can get the peace process going again. Something the failed George Bush could not do. McCain following in Bush's footsteps will be another failure at promoting peace. He instead promates war. Remember "bomb, bomb, bomb Iran"? That is his plan for the future.

    April 18, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. davkat in PA

    You guys sound surprised. I was expecting this but not so soon. It's a shame that politicians have to resort to smear campains and dirty tricks just to get elected. It's funny, I was on the fence with Billary and Obama, but now, I have made up my mind. Thank you Sen McBush for stearing me towards Obama!. Look at your history people. In 1860 there was this skinny,tall, junior law maker, with limited experience and he became one of the greatest presidents this country ever had. Any quesses? Any one? Bueller?

    April 18, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. Bev, Arizona

    Does anyone remember, code red, code orange before the Iraq war. Totally confusing and scaring people into accepting the Iraq war. NO MORE!!! We are not going to get scared anymore. By the way, isn't it better for our enemies to NOT feel a lot of animosity towards us?

    April 18, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. suzy

    It's time for a woman to take care of business and get rid of all these immature men ridiculously fighting each other.

    April 18, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. fran

    I knew that was coming. Maybe they (Hamas) want to be peaceful with Obama. It will turn on them (McCain) wait and see.

    April 18, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Patricia

    Ha Ha.... listen up now...... Obama hasn't given Hillary what she deserves because she's a woman..... but.... you ain't !...... Watch your step!! You just might find out what he's made of!!!!

    April 18, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Barbara Querrie

    The Mccain camp-republicans are going against Obama because they are afraid of facing him in November since polls shaow that he is likel to win the Dem Nomination.They are comfortable with Clinton bse they are sure that she has less appeal to voters in the general eection.We know the trick Mccain,dont confuse us

    April 18, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. MacDaddy

    I respect everyone's comments but they are so polarized: the Republicans this and the Democrats that. Partisan politics, strictly in my opinion, is so outdated. Some Democrats have great attributes and positions and so do some Republicans. And yet, some people will vote a straight ticket just because their daddy was a member of this or that party. That is lunacy. Look at the candidate and what he stands for not just what party they belong to. At one time that may have been fine but the lines have blurred and what each party stands for is much more ambiguous than it used to be. Some Rebublicans sport Democratic ideas and vice versa. Political parties divide our nation, communities and even families. And for what? To be able to say "I'm a Democrat and we'll show you Rebublicans this fall !" ? Wow. We sling as much dirt in these forums as the candidates do. I say do away with official parties and let each and every candidate swing their own sword. Not having the machinery behind a candidate would sure save some money too. It would change the face of raising campaign money.

    April 18, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. J T

    think its time for obama to pull out the heavy artillery/WMD's and stomp mcshame and clinton, obliterate and slam em into annihilation. get rid of those two old hounds.

    April 18, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Oh...so u brand Obama as 'recklessly dishonest' because he says something based on what u said and then proceed to tarnish his image by spreading misleading info! Looks like the 'Straight Talk express' has now become "loon talk- the mindless"

    April 18, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. denda

    That's the more reason why Obama is a better candidate than the others. The ability to reach out to the other side including our enemies is the most important quality needed in our new president.
    America does not need a divisive person but a uniter both at home and abroad......

    April 18, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  17. Not sleeping at the switch

    Are there ANY people in the US that actually believe this stuff??

    April 18, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. nccole treadway

    Guess Mccains clean campagne policy wasn't true! He's a real american hero,and earns my respect! but he just a sorry person when it comes to following Bushes policies. And any thing is better than that! Mccain knows little about the economy and that also is a minus. Any one who thinks bush has served our economy well, would not get my vote! Any one who says he/ she don't have a way out of Iraq does not get my vote! Any one who has health problems and wants to be President, doesn't get my vot e! I can put up with a misspoke or two, but a flip flopper or lier don't get my vote! the message has to be clear! The message has to be True! So, from that you know it won't be Mccain or Clinton!

    April 18, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. Michael

    wow. trying to scare people into voting for him. the sad thing is, there are millions of americans out there dumb enough to fall for this–proof that our public school system is failing.

    April 18, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. MCQ

    AND!!!!!!!!, The American people want OBAMA. McNugget pleaseeee! Four more years or, one hundred more years of war, and an economy in recession is not acceptable. Leave IRAQ now.

    April 18, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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