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. Walt

    Please continue with your swift boat neo con attacks McCain. Let me ask you a question tough guy: "Do you feel lucky?!? Well do ya?"
    Just try it, Mr Keating 5, lobbyist seducing, economic scholar, war monger. Just try it... Please.

    April 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Joseph

    Oh please. McCain is a crazy old loon.

    April 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Morris

    What you Obama fans are neglecting to consider is those of us 'swing voters.' I'd love to see a Democrat because of the recession/poor financial situation and don't want McSame BUT if forced to choose between the Obama and McSame, I WILL vote for McSame. I can't risk my vote on a man who sat 20 years in a church with his children hearing anti government and bias sediments. I couldn't do 5 minutes listening to that, anyone who stayed has to believe SOME of it.

    April 18, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Oscar, Rio Vista, CA

    Note to McCain: You have just shown your true colors. Thank you for that. You are a old man pandering to the neo-cons. We have had 8 years of their kind of politics and we are not going to take any more from a fossil like you.

    April 18, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. AZM

    This is kind of a no-brainer... I'm sure all the terrorist organizations would support anyone who will pull us out of the middle east.

    Don't have to shoot low John... Obama will bury himself!

    April 18, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Michael

    Even if Hamas wants Obama to be president, maybe it's because, as a black man, he might, just might be able to begin to see both sides of the coin in the Middle East, and not just the stand by Israel at all costs policy that has done nothing for progress since Israel's conception.

    Furthermore, the majority of Europeans polled prefer Obama. Yeah, we Americans vote, but it's critical in this election that we elect a president with a good image around the world...

    April 18, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Dennis

    Number 3: Just wait until McCain is illuminated for all to see. Just turn to some of those conservative talk radio stations and you will see that many republicans are not happy with him. They will rally around him, but that allegiance will be very loose. He has serious issues; Iraq, the economy, his anger problem, his age, his foreign policy beliefs. Just because he's been there a long time doesn't mean he's been on the right side to issues. I respect his background. He is a great patriot of this nation, but that war was 40 years ago!! The world has changed greatly since then.

    April 18, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. hillaryskank on myspace

    McCain, what happened to you running a clean campaign? Just because you were a hero in the war doesn't translate to you getting my vote. You are pulling your stuff right out of the Hillary playbook. It is looking more and more like the only difference between you and Hillary is that she is taller and has more hair.

    April 18, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. Mike

    No McClaim. Hamas are Sunni and they want you to win so that you will start WW3 and nuke Iran the Shiites.

    April 18, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Delaware

    John McCain take a hike you are out of touch. It took you three tries to figure out that our economy was in trouble.

    April 18, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. Daniel




    April 18, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. suzy

    It's time for a strong woman to take over the white house from all these incompetent men.

    April 18, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Josh, Los Angeles

    The Republican strategy of slashing and burning will not work on Americans this time as it did 4 and 8 yrs ago. Only the most dumbest would follow this line of attack and these dumbest people are a handful these days.
    People are wiser now after seeing their jobs and benefits evaporate in the last few years and buying gas at $4 per gallon.

    April 18, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Gordon McLenithan

    And, this is from the man who said he'd run a clean campaign, based on the issues. McCain is just like all the other politicans. Just remember, in November, vote against all incumbents. If you think that they're putting a couple of bucks in your right pocket, your probably right. At the same time though, they're taking ten out of you left pocket. Vote NO.

    April 18, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Mike

    Hey McBush. Are HAMAS Sunni or Shiite? Oops you do not know the difference!

    April 18, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. frederick

    obviously the bush approach to terrorist is not working because if its a fight you want you will get one. they the terrorist do not mind dying and we do not mind killing them but thats bring no peace on neither side. we must get into their thinking of american. they see america as a big saton because some country can have nuklear weapon who is friends of our and other country can not. they believe america is dipping into their business and their country. so mr obama said he would talk to iran whats wrong with talking to your enemy. you might just solve a problem with out anyone dying. this is why hamas see mr obama as promising.they want respect they want to hold a conversation not be told what to do or else. remember peace at all cost just peace

    April 18, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. DJ, LA, CA

    Fear-mongering loosers.

    April 18, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. David

    ummm.. Is this a news article? Or is this a campaign advertisement? This document seems to be misplaced. It may belong to FOX NEWS channel.

    McCain is digging himself a hole and he doesn't even know it.

    April 18, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. DShawn233

    My Friends,
    I want to run a respectable campaign. No mud slinging will be allowed here. We want to have a debate on the issues and the issues alone. I have nothing to do with what my warm up announcers say or with whatever negative adds, such as the one above, state about the Senator from Illinois. I am calm and level headed. If you don't believe me just ask a question about Senator Kerry and that Vice President thing.

    Senator John McCain

    April 18, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. King of NJ

    Complete Nonsence, McSame must take us American's for Idoits!

    what was that movie that won all those Oscars ...
    Oooo I got it

    No County For OLD MEN

    April 18, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Jon

    That makes sense. Obama has proven ties to terrorists. He is a supremacist himself, and has managed to brainwash the majority of this sad, sad nation.

    April 18, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Indiana

    No McCain. 4 years with John McCain is another term for George W Bush. That means more wars,more trouble with our economy and higher gas prices and food prices.

    April 18, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. Chris W.

    >>"I think the legal voting age should be raised to 25.The immaturity of the obama supporters on here smacks of spoiled college brats.Talk to me about obama when youve been in the real world kiddies." <<

    Sorry, pops, you may have enjoyed the Great Depression, but that doesn't mean we should have to endure a second one....

    April 18, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. Darth Vadik, CA


    hehe did I scare you?

    April 18, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. pablo

    Nice one McBUSH

    April 18, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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