April 18th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
14 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. marcus

    Mr. McCain do you think we are that Flipping Stupid.... I mean really Go and have some Geritol and GIVE UP its OVER!!!

    OBAMA 08

    April 18, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. sozzi

    Obama, it's time to get dirty against the whole republican outfit.

    April 18, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Stacy Clarks, TX





    OBAMA 08!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. NickNas

    Well THAT should JUST about DO IT!

    Mc Cain just pulled a 100% Bush tactic out of his hat that even his Supporters won't fall for and Just sank his Campaign.

    Didn't he learn ANYTHING????

    Whats next " If there is a Democratic WHitehouse there will be Mushroom clouds all over the US??

    April 18, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Mark

    Lol! Why didn't he go ahead and say that god hated Obama too. Man, McCain's campaign is stupid.

    April 18, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. No McCain

    Hey McCain..... let me give you news....EVERYONE WANTS OBAMA!!! Our friends and our enemies ... everyone....

    April 18, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. PCS / North Carolina

    Same old, FEAR MONGERING

    April 18, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. John, PA


    YOU LIAR!!!!

    April 18, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. CT obama supporter

    wow, this is just dirty, this will come back to haunt Mccain...

    April 18, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Tampa Voter

    UNDERSTAND here comes the republican BS! Do not be fooled again in 2008. It will get worse- hold your ground!

    Obama 08!

    April 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Martha from Ohio

    Oh the stupid conservatives with their old tricks.

    McCain belongs to the age of Dinosaurs

    April 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Grif

    But of Course.... America will finally realise who this Guy is...
    They wan't Ireal Gone.... If people would only look at the Map of the Middle East, and read the History of the past 60yrs... But they won't...

    April 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Andrea

    Same Old Politics of fear. This is silly. Shame on McCain and his campaign. We need a leader that can be a diplomat, even when dealing with our enemies!!!!

    April 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Sean

    Why is this a problem? He's a unifier! Get over it!

    April 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Independent

    I love the fact that Obama quoted McCain, and McCain accused Obama of "twisting his words," and then we have McCain here totally lying about Obama.

    Obama said repeatedly he didn't agree with Carter meeting with Hamas, that Hamas is a terrorist organization, and that Obama wouldn't meet with Hamas.

    And Obama immediately rejected, denounced, renounced, and decried Hamas's supportive comments.

    I thought an Obama/McCain battle might manage to be aboveboard – I was actually looking forward to it after the Clinton smear-machine, but evidently not.

    As an independent, I've lost respect for you, John McCain.

    April 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Bridget

    After his repeated and continued confusion about Iran and Al Qaeda, I don't really listen to anything John McCain has to say anymore about the Middle East. I think his faculties are getting worse with age.

    April 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Sam, Muncie, Ind.


    Pandering to fear. As if we expect anything less from the Republican Party.

    April 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. The Truth

    That's good! That shows his ability to make friends and not enimies unlike any other candidate. If we have move friends and less enimies the safer we will be. Face it , the world loves him too and we shall be safer... He is foreign Policy!

    April 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. The Dude

    Can anyone say Republican Fearmongering?

    Obama has distanced himself from that endorsment. A candidate cannot select supports.

    Besides, I think this is a good thing. This could go a long way towards worldwide PEACE.

    We, as Democrats, cannot stand for these Rovian tactics.


    April 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Alex from PA

    You are a joke McCain. He will later say that email was sent while he was sleeping.

    April 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. James Parochetti

    You have to be kidding me. At this point in history, American and we as Americans need to be doing everything we can to fix our image. Doing this involves swallowing our pride. If Hamas is happy with Obama, there are less angry arabs in the world. You heard it here first, John McCain wants people in the middle east to keep hating us. Way to go.

    April 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Chuck in Oregon

    First of I hope this is published.

    The McCain camp putting this out is the worst of worst. They are trying to use the scare tactic of terrorist organizations against Obama who has made it very clear that He and his administration would NOT talk to Hamas or any other known terrorist organization. This is far reaching and out right slanderous. Shame on McCain and his camp.

    April 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Emma CA

    So, what of it? How does you saying that make you look like a great leader?

    April 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Jay

    Enough of the fear mongering already!

    April 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Tim. Coon Rapids mn

    WOW!! Talking about kicking someone down low and running. John your red is showing. Around the NECK JOHN.

    April 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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