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.)

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  1. Penn State

    At a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, this evening, Barack Obama encouraged the 8,000 Tarheel Staters to vote early, prior to the state’s May 6th primary.

    To help them figure out how to do that, he encouraged them to call his hotline. 1-888-NC-EARLY. Easy, right?

    “To find the locations and the hours of one stop early vote near you, you can call my hotline, which is 1-888-NC-EARLY,” Obama said. “NC EARLY, E-A-R-E, uh, E-A-R-L-Y. I almost pulled a Dan Quayle there for a second,” he joked.

    April 18, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Elizabeth, NC

    Oh my Lord what in the world!!! Is this the so called 'Swift Boat' ads planned for Obama. This is pathetic. McOld, do you remember what your own Republican said yesterday when he endorsed Obama-" He transcends all barriers' , (Rucklesaus, 04/08) that in simple English means all as in everyone or is it too late at night to reconcile.

    April 18, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Lynnette

    How is this exactly supposed to hurt Obama, when most of the country is AGAINST the war?
    Come on McCain, a reality check is needed.

    April 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Dori in AZ

    Sen. McCain is "recklessly dishonest" in his failure to include his mega-million dollar wife's tax return for the public info. No doubt he fears that voters would view them as elitists....

    Withdrawal from Iraq is NOT surrender. McCain and his cronies would like us to continue that war because it suits them, so they twist words and meanings to that end.

    Stopped believing in fairy tales after childhood. Still believe in peace and justice, and, that we must continually strive for both. Sometimes, to achieve those, we must fight on different levels, on different "battlegrounds."

    Still, we must choose our battles. They must be for the right reasons and against the right enemies. If not, we are just warring for the sake of warring. And, there are no winners in that.

    April 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. oh really?

    the crowd's not booing, they're actually chanting...

    oh wait-

    nope, sorry- they're booing.

    do better, methuselah

    April 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. tonytony

    mcCain is already starting something because he knows he"does not wonna face up with the man"obama" in november...guess what,that's who you gonna be dealing with...bad news for you..but that's reality..you know he can "take punches" and you trying to throw some already...he's gonna come..he's gonna take them like he did with"cliton"..bounce back and throw some"back at you"..and you're 80 yrs old? it's gonna be over soon...I'm sorry...
    go bama go 2008..and2012...i'm tired of same ol same..
    america t's time for"CHANGE"...and only one man can deliver
    OBAMA...2008..AND 2015

    April 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Denice, PA

    Now, it starts again, the republican fear campaign. I hope Americans have had enough of George W. Bush and his administration to not fall for the fear tactic. Who Hamas likes is not what determines who will do the best for us. Let us not have distractions like these by McCain derail our country seeking a way out of the economic mess and Iraq mess that Bush has us in.

    April 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Walter A.

    I think I have to agree with McCain.

    April 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. 1voice

    Seen the latest national polls??? I sure hope the self-centered progressive trash are ready for another republican president ..

    April 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Walter, Long Beach

    So much for the idea that McCain is a new kind of Republican. This looks pretty old school to me.

    I was originally a Clinton backer. But I'm just about ready to jump ship because an overwhelming Obama victory in November might be just the message that filthy, fear-mongering, racists like this need.

    April 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Retired Navy Veteran

    Now, John McCain is running on FEAR, LIES, BUSH LIKE PROMISES.

    America we can not afford 4 more Bush sales campaign.

    America We are at War, We,re losing Jobs, Eduacation system needs reforming.

    John McCain the same old bush policies just a different suit.

    April 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Brown

    If the Black Panther Party endorsed McCain, would we care? Could Obama capitalize and raise funds as a result? We all know the answer to that question is NO. The fact is McCain is irrelevant most importantly to his party. Very slim pickings in his party, but he was the nominee. Who cares. He should be allowed to use any and every tactic to raise money because as we have seen for the last year money will not be raised based on his own personal strengths.

    Please post.

    April 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. It's a new day...

    News for you McCain – I'm Canadian and I want Obama too!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Illinois

    McCain's right. Obama's got his hands dirty with several unsavory characters and that's an indication of who Obama is as a person. Anyone who garners praise from terrorists, or from those who have ties to terrorists, is someone we do not and should not have in office.

    Obama can talk all he wants about how we have to talk to all these crazy people in order to find a workable solution for everyone, but terrorists and people like them will never be happy unless all their demands are met......and I have yet to see any terrorist group compromise on anything. Once you start bargaining with terrorist groups, you are on dangerous ground. Too bad Obama doesn't know that. This guy is going to get us into World War III, IF he gets elected.

    April 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Andrea

    CNN please stop reporting this garbage. It's just perpetuating ignorance.

    April 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Sue

    What are you practicing – Hillary clinton tactics. That is the most stupid claim I have ever heard. SHAME ON YOU JOHN MCCAIN!! Is this how you plan to campaign. Look under your own bed before you throw out charges like that. This is despicable, and we the people will remember this start up of the mudslinging! You shoul be made to apologize to the American people, and John McCain should fire you!

    April 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. John - Maryland

    Exactly what obama was talking about.....Fear-mongering!!! trying to tear the other down on stuff that really does not concern the American people.... Carl Rove politics and guess what we got......Bush!!!. Folks wake up. let's join the change movement and I'll be the first to make BO accountable if we have done our part e.g Stand up to washington and the same 'ol same.


    April 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Jax

    I have a serious question...... republicans are often referred to as rich, elitists........so why do all these hollywood elitists back democrats.?????..... with your theory then wouldn't they want to reep all the benefits from the Bush tax cuts (if they only help the rich) ?

    April 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Misty

    "McCain says Hamas Wants Obama"–


    Obama '2008 and '2012

    April 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Paul

    *****BREAKING NEWS*****

    Personally, I think this is a lot worse.


    April 18, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Morgan, Canada

    I'm Canadian and I want Barack Obama to win.... SO? What a viscous attack! I guess the wheels fell off the straight talk express and he's hoping on those poor souls who believe that there are terrorists around every corner! That's SAD!

    He's a good guy and everyone else around the world following these elections thinks so, well that is everyone except some narrow minded Americans.

    WOW! You know, it really boggles my mind that how after 8 years of Bush, a recession, a war that seems to be never ending (thank GOD our PM had the cajones not to go in there with you), thousands of lives lost, thousands of injured soldiers, Katerina, home foreclosures, the dollar crashing, your image around the world in shambles and you want a third Bush term!? Uhhh...yaaaa sure!?

    As far as I'm concerned, you get the president you deserve, and frankly, if you elect John McCain you have no right to go around complaining about your government. You're the ones that put them there!

    April 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Hey

    Can McCain talk about economy rather than Hamas?

    April 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. dj

    McCain/Clinton 08 unstopple if obama wins

    April 18, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. alice2

    More of the same FEAR TACTICS Old politics, Tunnel vision and do not listen or TALK WITH ANYONE different or that doesn't think like you. Very STALE and OUTDATED thinking. We need to move FORWARD not gaint steps backward. We want CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN. BARACK OBAMA FOR PRES.

    April 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Renee Las Vegas NV

    Not This Time!!! Hiilary and McCain
    Not this Time!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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