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. Mary


    April 18, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Tim , Seattle

    Charlotte.......Hillary wont be able to run as an independant. She OWES money to her campaign and its worker bees. Once it becomes clear on Tuesday night she wont win big, many of your supporters will stop giving $ to the campaign. My wife (a Hillary supporter) says she smells her defeat and stopped contibuting to her campaign.
    Expect many thousands to follow suit.
    She would have to tap into her own (excuse me, BIll's) millions to do that.
    A 3 way race would just split the left and centrist vote and hand it to McCain in about a 45-25-25 split.

    Sorry Charlotte, you just may have to suck up the impending implosion of your candidate and be a grown-up. If not, I might suggest Prozac or Vallium or something to get you through.

    HInt: Get your prescription before Tuesday night!

    Sorry sweet Charlotte.....

    April 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. mollygonz

    John McCain is disgusting for using this tactic and it will backfire on him. Him and Hillary..two peas in a pod. What are they scared of?

    April 18, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. Joe from Virginia

    The Republicans know better than eating anything up for lunch this election year.... Nanc MN. Obama not running his campaign on their level and tactics...With MCBUSH, their value voters will be sitting at home on the elections day...McBush doesnt have any command over the conservatives. And all the negative attack on Obama will back-fire which will deter independents from voting for him(MCBUSH)

    April 18, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Zubair, CA

    When did Karl Rove get on McCain's paylist?

    April 18, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. GL

    Dr. Mom, I believe you meant to type dildo. (not ditto)

    April 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. Jeff

    I'm not surpirsed! I want him to win too!!!

    April 18, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. annie

    McCain speaking facts and showing a real newspaper is not a disrespectville campaign. Barack Hussein Obama not only runs a disrespectville campaign but does not respect any American nor does his wife. They run a disrespectville campaign against our country.

    April 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Allison R.

    He did not just go there. Doesn't McCain realize that many of the independents who support Obama also support him? This is political suicide McCain!
    Such stereotypical Republican politics! This is exactly what America is sick of! George Bush take 3.
    Now if HIllary wins the nomination I'll have to vote for Nader! Arg!

    April 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. ARGH!!!!!

    To LeMonton and others; Al Qaeda en Bin Laden are not Bush administration phenomena. They issued their fatwa and attacked us during the 90s. Hatred against the West and fundamentalism has been brewing in the Middle East for ages. US foreign policy supporting despots/corrupt democracies to ensure access to resources is not a Bush administration phenomenon either

    April 18, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. Sarah


    April 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Natalia


    April 18, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Pete


    April 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. B in NC

    For every hateful and negative thing McCain says about Senator Obama, another person donates $$$ to Obama's campaign. Senator McCain is effectively campaigning for Obama. LOL.

    April 18, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Bob

    No No McLame. The Bushter fooled us into a disasterous war with his fear mongering. It will not work again. You are proof. You can't teach an OLD Dog new tricks.

    April 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. mel

    Obama:the best hope for the Palestinians!

    April 18, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. Why?

    I bet this was Hillary's doing!! (inserts toung in cheek)

    April 18, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. The Future of America

    Old man please calm down.....

    Is this all your camp has to offer Bush Tactics......America doesnt want Mccain...The republicans dont want Mccain....the only people that what Mccain are HATERS.....Like Obama we will just brush Mccain off are shoulders....

    April 18, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Shut up and Vote

    Hey wait a minute! I thought McCain wanted to use the Public Campaign Finance system, what's he need the money for? It's not like he's campaigning against anybody in the primary, he's already the nominee. So were is all of this money going?

    April 18, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Joyce Carr

    I think the McCain camp should be careful of the mud they try to sling at Mr. Obama...there's a lot of compost underneath the old boy! And, as for Romney calling Obama elitest...or, maybe he's looking in the mirror!

    April 18, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Lyz in MD

    Wow. Just wow. Every time I think the Republicans can't stoop any lower, they prove me wrong.

    Pathetic. So, McBush, is this how you run a clean campaign?

    April 18, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. Tobias

    Neither one of these baffoons should be president. Vote smart, vote Clinton.

    April 18, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. ORK

    So let me get this straight, the old grandpa, McLame doesn't want us to talk to hamas but wants to listen and advertise what they want.. humm, sounds about right for Bush Series II..

    April 18, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. jay k

    'Madcain' is a liar!.It's like saying Hamas will vote for Obama come november '08
    Oldman with old tricks!

    Jay for Obama '08

    April 18, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. Mary - PA

    Wow, McCain is really having to dig around in the muck to find things to use against Obama. Can't find anything from legitimate news organizations, huh McCain? I guess your taking lessons from Hillary now.

    April 18, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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