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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soundoff (420 Responses)
  1. James

    Thank you McCain from all of us Dems for reminding us how WRONG the Republicans are and why we need to unite to stop you from being President.

    OBAMA '08 if we can!
    Clinton '08 if we have to!

    But get the elephant out of the White House!!!

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


    your comment is the best one I've read all day, lets hope people are smart enouh to get it.

    April 18, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. PA (small town) for OBAMA

    McCain why aren't you directing these tactics toward Hillary? It's because you and the rest of the Republicans know Obama is your bigger threat and you're getting desperate already. It's not even November and you feel the need to pull out the big guns. You have reason to be nervous because you pale in comparison to OBAMA! There is nothing about you or Hillary that represent CHANGE. Obama has God's favor which is why he is able to brush off whatever you and Hillary throw at him and still move up in the polls.

    OBAMA in 08
    God we thank you for bringing us a person who represents real change. Continue ordering his steps and make his enemies his footstool. Amen.

    April 18, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. Saad from NJ

    I respect Senator McCain but this is as terrible as it gets. So what if Hammas wants Obama? I am not an Obama supporter but if Obama brings Hammas's atrocities, or their justified in their own minds behavior, whatever the heck you want to call it... and bring an end to innocent killings of humans, whether Israelis or Palestinians, all the more power to Obama.

    What good has anyone, whether republicans or democrats who have not been wanted by Hammas done to end the conflict.

    April 18, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Greg

    Where is the love in this Christian nation? Aren't we all Americans, on the same team, striving to make things better for us, our children, and those we share the world with?

    If so, why are we calling our fellow Americans hypocrits and liars?

    April 18, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Dick in Sioux Falls

    John McCain reflects that already he is willing to take on the Karl Rove Primer on Electioneering. I am a white 82 year old who seriously believe I would make a better president than John McCain. At least, I opposed the Iraq War before it began, and I didn't have the Senate Intelligence Report to guide me – the Intelligence Report that neither McCain nor Clinton took the time to read, before signing over to President Bush the right to go to War which according to the Constitution belongs only to the US Senate.
    I am the youngest of 5 brothers who served in WWII, only 1 of whom was drafted, and he went through the Battle of the Bulge, as did my oldest brother, a career Army Man. Another was at Okinawa. As the youngest, I enlisted in the Navy when i was 17, but by the time I got to the fleet, the war was over, to my sorrow. Obviously I wasn't too bright then, but I've matured enough to be a Democrat now, and an Obama supproter.

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

    There is nothing wrong with McCain's camp bringing this up. Hamas said they want Oboma. Carter met with Hamas the other week. Draw your own conculsions. Hamas hates America, so does Oboma's church....

    April 18, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. GARY

    John McBush you are disgusting. I hope that the Dems send you packing back to AZ. There you can drink your Bud and think what could have been if you had not allowed "W" to stick his tongue down your throat.

    April 18, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Not at all

    Don't worry America.
    Obama won't be a nominee.
    So, noway to him to be president.

    April 18, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. hibbiejibbie

    Wow, last time i checked, being a leader that also has the ability to unite and excite countries all over the world is an amazing thing! I see stories of people from all over the world looking at Obama with GREAT admiration – this is one for the history books and desperate McCain wants it to seem like a bad thing? This is why people like McCain and Hillary need to step back and watch how a true leader runs this country. No more old Washington and their corruption! Go Obama! You are not only great in the eyes of your country – but countries all over the world! Let's see McCain and Hillary do that!

    April 18, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Unshrub

    How low can you go McCain? Even for a republican you are stooping low. If you are acting this desperate now, I can't wait until November. Who knows, you might even get as low as Hillary. I must give Obama more money.

    April 18, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. McCain Smain

    Speak a little louder McCain, we're very hard of hearing.

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Do You McGoo

    Let me entertain you.....

    Mr. McGoo has a LOT of time on his hands.

    No matter.

    Obama 08 Obama 08 Obama 08 Obama 08 Obama 08Obama 08Obama 08Obama 08Obama 08Obama 08Obama 08 Obama 08 Obama 08 Obama 08 Obama 08Obama 08Obama 08Obama 08Obama 08Obama 08Obama 08 Obama 08 Obama 08 Obama 08 Obama 08Obama 08Obama 08Obama 08Obama 08Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Len

    A liberal Elitist will never be President.

    Obama need to grab a latte' and hold talks with Hamas. lol

    Mc.Cain 08

    April 18, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. A Citizen

    I need to know if I understand correctly....Obama critisizes McCain by taking his words out of context and twisting/spinning/selectively editing....etc. and Mcain becomes the negative campaigner by responding to the misrepresentation of his words?? Do any of the Obama supporters have ANY common sense, or has the mob mentality taken over completely? There is a real threat here and we need to realize that should Obama be elected....he is not our SAVIOR, nor can he "deliver us from evil". I am concerned with the idolitry I see coming from the Obama campaign. I was initially very interested in him as a candidate, but soon found him to be preaching, rather than campaigning. Therefore I am now a Hillary supporter. I hope she is elected. If she is not nominated I WILL vote for McCain. I disagree with most of his policies, however, I will place the safety and protection of my loved ones in McCain's hands before I would place same in the hands of Obama.

    April 18, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. Nanc From MN--NOT

    The only lunch will be a GOP sandwich for Barack Obama, independents, and Republicans. Bring it on.

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. tren

    No one shakes a tree unless it has some fruit on it. There is a reason why they are targeting Obama negatively. GOP AND Clinton are afraid of this movement of change and are trying to stop it. We can't let that happen!!

    Obama 08!

    April 18, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. KC Atlanta

    Mr maccain,what hapened to your earlier honest,intergrity campaigne you promise the american people,to even make it worst,maccain lied to raise money,I used to support clinton but you have united us democrate behind obama,I also used to respect maccaain but not anymore old man,john maccain even has the guts to call someone an Elitis,yet he failled to disclose his family tax return just like the rest of the candidates,he collects social security thats in my opinion he does't need.

    April 18, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Shelley in NC

    You're right he has a vision to change America: one that will bring about PEACE, where we can discuss our differences diplomatically. Apparently that concept is foreign to McCain. What a shame. Can we say FEARMONGERING????

    Obama '08!!!

    April 18, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. TEDY

    So what " Papy"all you want is blood. It is time know to bring peace . Hamas......... wants Obama to win but Hamas is not going to influence our choice. You did not fill a tax return with your wife spouse because you understood all the disaventages of fiiling jointly. This is a message for all American's. May be American will not fill a joint tax under Grandpa reign.

    April 18, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. MaryQuiteContrary

    Perhaps they feel they would have something in common and could discuss things with Obama.

    Get serious folks. The republican fearmongering for the last 8 years has worked.

    I'm still for Obama.

    April 18, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. pth

    That is disgusting, from a man who doesn't know the difference between a shiite and Sunni, nice..... Swift boats are back!!!

    April 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. vic nashville,Tn

    CNN most trusted name in news
    thanks for informing us
    Hillary 08

    April 18, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. rachel

    They probably made a cash donation to his campaign, and thats what carter really met with them lol.

    April 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. Democratic no matter who wins

    And the McCain Camp wants to talk about dishonesty!

    April 18, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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