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. Sean

    McCain talks about him being ready to make National Security decisions.

    As I understand it- he was just one of the guys when he was in airforce. He waw taking orders from the Generals and the field commanders. How does this make him a better decison maker as far as being a commander in chief if he himself never commanded anybody? His service to the nation is commendable but it's just that. He is no better off in decision making than an average joe who never went to war. Let the ppo like Powell, Schwarzkopff and Frank and all other commaders and generals boast of this ability than an order taking McCain.

    Could it that he made a wrong decision that led him being shot down and hence POW? CNN post this


    April 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. American for OBAMA


    OBAMA 08

    April 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Hiram

    This is ridiculous.

    If you all recall, it was in the last Bush-Kerry election that Osama bin Laden came out with a video days before to say that it didn't matter if Kerrry won the election, that they would still continue to attack the U.S.

    Interesting that it came out days before the election, and now we are to believe that it is supposed to work the other way around with Hamas and Obama.

    Please. I suggest we all take look at the debates and what they actually mean with what they say and then make a decision. Its apparent we can't trust the press to give us the straight deal.

    April 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. platnum

    What do you want Hamas to say? Obama is even getting their attention, what the article sounds like to me is simply that the world that hates America right now can't wait to have dialog with our leaders in hopes of improving relations between other human beings. I mean what are the people of the world saying? they don't like our current leadership and policies. Others will see this as another Bush admin. that everybody hates right now, Mr. Mccain you are showing America you can be a Bush!

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

    Who cares, does Obama endorse them? NO.
    So it doesn't really matter who else likes him. The more the better.

    April 18, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Kate in TX

    Seriously? If I recall correctly, Osama Bin Laden gave the same sort of endorsement to President Bush before the 2004 election. Does anyone really think we ought to let our enemies decide our president? And heaven help us if they caught on...something about a rabbit and a briar patch leaps to mind.

    April 18, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Shawna

    If hamas is supporting any candidate it would be John McCain and Bush, who have systematically strengthened the radical islamic cause. They have emboldened the acts of extremist, and showed them that they can use gorilla tactics to hold off US troops, made Iran (the axis of evil) stronger in the middle east, and distroyed the economic success of the clinton presidency. The entire republican platform is a failure.

    April 18, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. OR for OBAMA

    How wonderful. and at the same time hold world power. Sen. Obama has not even been elected president yet (and he will) and already foreign counties are looking for ward for a new peaceful America. You go Obama! Show all those od timers that we can negotiate peace and harmony abd still hold high respect from foreign countries.

    April 18, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Vig

    Well,that makes sense. Clinton will play hard ball, Obama will give a speech.

    April 18, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Chris in Va.

    So much for running a clean campaign. Take your fear mongering and shove it arsehole!

    April 18, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Frosty

    Oh McCain, you're making it easier than it is now. You are giving the democrats all the reason to unite together. If McCain has any intelligence he'd come out and dissociate himself from what I just read. He must really think we are stupid. He has insulted the intelligence of all Americans. Disgusting old man!

    Los Angeles, CA

    April 18, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. Marla

    IT"S sad when AMERICA does not no HOW Blessed we are and other COUNTRIES do!!... IF OBAMA can stop other COUNTRIES from being so ANGER & HATEFUL towards Americans. it will be a great and WELCOME change! AMERICAN'S cant even travel and see how BEAUTIFUL the world is because of BUSH/CLINTON years and the other WORLD LEADERS dont Respect BUSH at all!! i really HOPEFUL and believe that OBAMA will be able to heal the WORLD while making Changes and MAKING AMERICA the BEST AMERICA in Years.....

    April 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. mouli

    Let's see who is reckless. Someone who is still clinging with gritting teeth on the continuation of this ill-conceived occupation or someone who wants to bring fresh thinking. Mr. McCain has lots of ideas to poke holes in our pockets claiming vaguely defined success, victory on the go.

    It is interesting to see the high ground taken by McCain and others. If you are honest, you are elitist. If you have worked your way, you don't know what the average American feels.

    Didn't NY times report that McCain's son used to play simulated war-games. I am wondering if McCain himself is sitting before the video war-game console flexing his muscle with reddened face. Move away from this reckless and dangerous man Senator McCain.

    April 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Glenn; Delta, PA.

    Jimmy Carter is meeting with them now. It upsets the status quo on both sides of the fence when people become independent thinkers. I think it's encouraging that they recognize Obama as someone they could communicate with, even though Obama has stated that he would not meet them now.

    April 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. Joe Virginia

    DISGUSTING FEAR-MONGERING!!!!!! The only fear that I will feel will be the economic crush (even further) if MCBUSH wins. The fear mongering isn’t gonna work this time. America is wiser now after Pres Bush. Republicans better try a different strategy. VIVA OBAMA!! And although HAMAS is a terriorist group, they are not a direct threat to the US... but are just a treat to our allies. Who cares who HAMAS supports. I bet the al qaeda group is rooting for MCBUSH so they can use the Iraq war to further their agenda towards the WEST... and also Osama bin ladin and Iran will like MCBUSH to win so all our attention will still be focused on Iraq not on them.

    April 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. North Carolina

    Hamas says so, which is more significant.

    April 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. LeMonton, currently in Texas

    Oooooh!......This is a typical case of reverse psychology and John McCain and his people are so desperate for a silver bullet, that they just ate it BIG TIME!

    Let’s use a microscopically amount of brain to realize that Al-Queda prefers the Bush administration to continue. The longer George Bush, Dick Cheney and Condi Rice keep their influence in the White House (through their proxy John McCain), the longer the policies that have made the world hate the U.S. will continue, making it easier for Al-Queda and others to recruit and market their efforts.

    So, Bin Laden really wants McCain to win to keep the hate against us alive and the best way to do it is to say they love democrats. With Obama (or Hillary) in the White House, the U.S. has better chances to improve its image, which would be a blow to terrorists as they depend on the hate against us to advance their cause.

    So if you really want to defeat terrorists, is by voting straight democrat in 2008!

    April 18, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. Ben

    Better to vote for McDonald's than McCain.....at 71 he has lost the plot. Too Old for the job!!

    April 18, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Change Monger

    Does not sound like McCain. He is not going to go so low and dirty. This is the year of change. No dirty trick will work. People are aware of Republican dirty trick played against no other than John McCain himsef in SC.

    April 18, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. lynette

    Here we go again, scare tactics, keep folks mind on running "scared" instead of the issues that face our nation. We are in a sink hole, and we it will be up to the sensible ones to lift ourselves out. Obama is American, born in Hawaii, not the middle East, lived in Indonesia when he was a kid for a few years, not Iraq somewhere, goodness folks, what equates a person to be American? His race????? blah blah blah, see beyond the smoke screen vote for issues that matter. If Obama were some sort of terrorist, then our powerful country would take him down if he became president and tried to overthrow the Gov't right? Right!!! Now as silly as that sounded, this article sounds even more silly. Get mad, do not let them call Obama unamerican just because he is half black and bears an african name.

    April 18, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. Janet WV for Obama

    Ehy do you tthink Rush is telling everyone to vote for Clinton to keep Obama off the ticket? He knows they will clean house with Clinton's past baggage. McCain and Clinton are a team. They issuse statements against Obama together! Clinton was PRESIDENT of The Young Republican's Club at Wellesley. Once a Republican, always a Republican. McCain knows Obama would be a problem in the fall. Notice that he only attacks Obama.

    April 18, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. Nanc, MN

    If Obama gets the nod I am going to sit back and laugh as the Republicans eat him for lunch. Yeah, I'm bitter, except it's about Obama and his mob.

    April 18, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. ABQ Mike

    Common America, for once prove you're smart enough not to fall for republican scare tactics.

    April 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. Tom - Michigan

    Deja Vu anyone. Same tactics, same party, same fear mongering, same lies, and we will end up with four more years of the same if McCain ends up in the White House.

    April 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. sean

    wow, John-boy....who needs 527's when your campaign is doing it right under your nose....

    April 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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