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. Sue Z

    Maybe they want Obama because they think he has the best chance to bring PEACE to this world!

    April 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    And with this jaw dropping lie sent to you by email from
    "Straight Talk Express" could you send some money,
    by express mail! NOW!

    April 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. IF

    This campaign has reached the muddy bottom (hopefully).

    I'd expect this sort of hysterical outburst from James Carville, but I'm astonished at it coming from "dignified", grandfatherly McCain. Didn't he say he wanted a respectful campaign?

    Guess he thought Clinton would knock Obama down by herself. Since she hasn't managed to do the job he decided to try a Popeye swipe. Guess the spinachs were low-grade...

    April 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Democrats are going to Win 08

    Not this time you lying Republicans! You can just save your money. You tricked us with the Bush/Cheney crap and it will not happen again. The only thing you know how to do is spread fear and doubt. Barack Obama is someone you should fear because we've got his back Bring it on Baby! Fired up and Ready to Go. For the sake of our country and the preservation of the true American values we are going to come right -back- at -you ! Not this time– you won't get by with it this time. Oh , yes we can and must win in November.

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Ardnuas

    Hamas wants YOU McSame...... they want someone with a 20th century mentality! Release ALL of your tax returns so we can see how you are trying to deceive the American people.
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    April 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Christi

    Imagine PEACE. Imagine a President who could finally bring some peace to Middle East Peace Talks. If even the terrorists groups are liking Obama – doesn't this mean the USA will have more cred when acting as mediators?

    McCain/Bush/Republicans are full of greed & hate & fear.

    April 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    To the stupid, from the more stupid. And send some money?

    April 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. FEDUP

    I could have sworn Obama said he would meet with our enemys? Hillary said she would have low level meetings, but not meet without preconditions. Obama said that was what was wrong, we need to meet with our enemys?

    April 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Dennis

    I've been reading posts from different sites for some time. Can those of you who say electing Obama will be very dangerous for this country tell us WHY? How bout making a solid argument as to why?

    April 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. cnn rocks

    wow,i am trully disappointed with mr straight talk,what happened to i want a respectable campaign,this is exactly how bush got elected.
    one a republican,always a republican.rove must be working overtime.
    this will be mccains downfall.

    April 18, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Renee /Expat Winterthur Switzerland

    McCain and his campaign must be having another "Senior Moment"!

    April 18, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |


    April 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Jon

    McCain has it right! Obama is reckless and risky to consider him a realistic presidential candidate at this time in our country. Hillary will give us the option between two experienced individuals..... Barack is out of his league!

    April 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. RP

    So Obama is a very likable individual, even our enemies like him, that says everything about the man! At last we can mend fences and come together as human being on this planet before it's too late and we all slaughter one another!

    April 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Bad Judgement Obama

    Take Him!

    How DARE he flip off Hillary – he's just another arrogant, lying, hypocrite!

    Just because all the crap in his closet is finally coming out, doesn't mean he can can blame Hillary!

    Hillary or McCain 08! Never Obama!

    April 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. obama 08

    thast low even for mccain

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Rickey

    Dude, no one is buying that fear crap from you or Clinton! You and your crusaders act like the world is going to end if Obama is elected!

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. Steve - Pennsylvania Voter

    I happen to like Obama too and intend to vote for him in the election on Tuesday. Don't denigrate Hamas – if someone had stolen your land from you, you would fight for it too. In that respect, they are just like you and me. A lasting peace in the Middle East needs to include input from all parties and that's EXACTLY what President Carter is doing. The only reason Hamas would throw support behind Obama is that they see that he is willing to include them and all Palestine in the discussion on how to resolve the differences. The existing process hasn't worked and will lead us into World War III if we don't change our direction there. Do you really want to do this to your children? Support Obama.

    April 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Sophie

    good now we know mcsame was totally lying about conducting a positive campaign and we can expose him for the fraud he is. you're going dooown mcsame

    April 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. Kenny - Canada

    Jan....."EVERY BODY LOVES OBAMA …." – True

    BUT not because he can bring the world together BUT because he will finally leave the rest of the world alone.

    MOST of us, including Canada, are tired of your countries superior mentality.

    You'll critisize Hillary Clinton for her lies and attitude of entitlement(which is true I guess). What you all need to realise is the world has been seeing the US in that light long before Bush or Clinton.

    HOPEFULLY, you will get a President WE can like.

    OBAMA, 08

    April 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Buddy


    April 18, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. Dennis

    Number 2, and the big reason for me supporting Obama: He IS a uniter. Wake up and smell the coffee. Look at what's happening in this country. This is a movement. We are sick and tired of old guys in government running their agendas to lace their pockets and leaving the people high and dry. I for one think it's a great thing for our enemies like any leader of ours who may be elected as president. That's a plus in fostering friendlier foreign relations. Obviously, McCain would be off to a tense start with any of our enemies. How far can we get in negotiating peace with him at the helm?

    April 18, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Charlotte

    I'm inclined to agree with the Obama-bots, Hillary needs to drop out now, save her war chest and run as an Independent in November. The Obama-bots are going to blame her anyway when Obama loses in November. We could really have, for the first time in my life, a viable third party candidate. Yes, Hillary drop out of this rigged primary, and run in November, America needs you.

    April 18, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Its True

    I'm going to personally make sure McCain does not win the election.

    April 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Marie

    I have to admit that I really thought McCain was above this ... I guess not.

    April 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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