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. Chris Salzmann

    AL-Qaeda looks favorably on a John McCain preseidency so they can continue the quagmire in Iraq. According to AL-Qaeda, Iraq is such a wonderful recruiting tool and HEY, with these IEDs, practice makes perfect!

    McCain 08-12.......if he can make it to the next election. LOL

    April 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    April 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |

    I don't doubt that Hamas and other organizations of their ilk would prefer Obama to McCain or Clinton. I'm sure they have seen Obama's minister and mentor railing against America and white people and that makes them look favorably on his candidacy.

    My latest problem with Obama is his distortion of facts to demonize both Clinton and McCain. Distorting their records is troubling and basically dishonest. In the latest debate with Clinton he continually hogged the air time and ABC let it happen although the moderator several times mentioned that Clinton was getting shorted on time. It wasn't that Obama had anything important to say, I think he just enjoys hearing himself talk. He talked a lot but said little, just a lot of politcal double talk and spin, nothing of substance. Looks like a lot of Democrats will be voting for McCain if Obama get the nomination.

    April 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Jim

    The last time I checked, 9/11 happened on the GOP watch. It's architect, Osama bin Laden is STILL running free, after 8 long years on the GOP watch.

    Seems to me, if you're a terrorist, the GOP would be your party of choice, especially with an angry old man with a temper at the helm.

    April 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Pat

    Obama is the one lying to everyone about his ethnicity. If all of you weren't so afraid of finding out the truth about your precious Obama, you would research this yourself. Then you would see what a liar Obama has been to all of you. Go McCain!!!

    April 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Carlito

    Obama i know your ready to take on MCsain and dont hold no punches and make sure when u knock him out tell him this is a new ear of america and he better get with the program or else him and the old politics will just fade. Can't wait to see Obama beat this Bum.

    April 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Cowboy Jack

    Well, well, well.... looks like the media darling Obama is finally being subjected to scrutiny....

    be careful before he starts 'whining' about it

    April 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Shame on McCain

    Fear mongering! War mongering! Vote the McCain bum out!

    April 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. mike

    There you have it-the best McCain's people have to offer is this?
    When you have nothing positive to base your campaign, you pull the old Bush tactics. Won't work this time because the country is fed up. Let these low-life Republicans continue their swift-boating because Americans have learned their lesson from the last time and we are seeing it with Hillary as well. Each attack only strengthens Obama!

    April 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Shaik in Oregon

    Here we go....the start of the Republican attack dogs.
    They just don't know how to run an honest and clean campaign.
    Didn't McC promise to do just that?

    April 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Jamie

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!
    John McCain and his camp are really reaching now!

    This stuff is so ridiculous.

    p.s. Why does it seem like McCain and Clinton are running on the same side... both against Obama?
    Obama must be one heck of a threat to all these old Washington insiders – they'll attack him any way they can to get rid of him!
    Guess what? That is exactly what people like about Obama... so keep it coming Hillary McCain! Keep it coming! It just makes us think Obama is all the better!

    April 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. BGIV in NC

    Shameless comment – what about having punted that fool who kept repeating "Hussein" over and over. Sort of an about face.

    April 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. nick

    would you stop!
    McCain is not lying about it.

    Some of you can not handle the absolute truth, its pitiful.

    April 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Bubba

    I got off the Christian Ferry because of this kind of hatred.

    Who did Jesus hate? Why, the same folks I hate, of course. He was a real hater in His day, wasn't he? Oh. He wasn't? My bad.

    April 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. MD in OK

    McCane is beginning to mimic Hillary. He knows Obama would not approve the former president talking with Hamas because it is a terrorist organization.

    McMimic doesn't want peace in that region. The Bush Regime's tactic of ignoring these groups has gotten us nowhere, so if he wants to adopt Bush's way of doing things why even bother voting for him.

    One more thing. McCane if you are going to criticize Obama, you need to come up with your own lines and not Hillary's.

    April 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Dr. E. Proctor

    . . . More Republican fear tactics. And we thought that Hillary was
    going to be easier to beat. This only further proves that Senator Obama
    has the capability to bring world peace. He won't be seen as a bully
    to the rest of the world. Bush and McCain should take notes.

    Yes We Can

    April 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. David

    This is despicable. Shame on you McCain.

    April 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Tex

    The so-called "Straight Talk Express" just accused Obama of "reckless dishonesty" in the way he quoted McCain, but in fact, Obama quoted him quite accurately.

    Here is EXACTLY what McCain said:

    "I think if you look at the overall record, and millions of jobs having been created, etcetera etcetera, you could make an argument that there's been great progress economically over that period of time." [meaning the period since George W. Bush took office]

    And here is what Obama said:

    "John McCain went on television and said that there has been, quote, 'great progress economically over the last seven and a half years'."

    Where's the dishonesty?

    April 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Dave C - NJ

    The source of the Hamas quote is hilarious.

    But, this campaign trick will work on those bitter Americans who are clinging to their guns, bibles, and Right Wing Rag Sheets! 🙂

    April 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Open Eyes

    I can't believe how blinded people are by empty words. Put it all together... Obama is full of divisiveness. It is sad the supporters cannot see it. He has proven nothing in his short career and is dangerously deceptive. Just try to have an open mind and look at that possibility..

    April 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Lee

    Sen. Obama is beating the Clintons, McCain, Foxnews, ABC and they still can't bring him down. Obama is my President!

    April 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. hillary 08

    Hamas endorsement for Obama! Now that makes sense,

    April 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Dave

    After Bush, the majority of the world wants Obama including Americans...you LOSER. Keep running this type of election...you see what happen to Billary.

    April 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Aham

    hahaha, they will try to link obama to every evil person on earth. Even stop short of linkin him to Evil Kneivel!!

    OFCOURSE they can't argue the issues!! Who can possibly support Bushes policies and expect to win again after 8 years of hell?!


    OBAMA 08!

    April 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Marey

    This is only the beginning!!! This is Karl Rove politics!! The Republicans will be vicious this time around. They have nothing new to offer and nothing to brag about from the last 8 years. So why not demonize the opposition? We will hear alot worse from them before November. I can only hope Obama can stand strong, deflect the accusations and continue to talk about positive change, and hope for the future

    April 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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