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. Mike

    Sounds like Karl Rove and his friends are now hard at work on the McCain campaign. Pretty disgusting.

    April 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. mj-arkansas

    if OBAMA gets the dem nomination, I will vote republican no matter who the nominee is there !!! I'm still rooting for Hillary.....

    April 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. GP Geneseo Il

    Does McBush have that little creepy guy Rove working for him???? This looks like some of his work...

    April 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. DS in SD

    This is awful. How low can you go?... slowly but surely the McCain camp is starting to look more and more like the Bush camp.

    Just say NO to McBush in '08.

    April 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Kari

    Was a McCain supporter... his new antics has made me donate money to the Obama camp today.

    April 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Obama in 08, 12

    Cheap shot Grandpa!

    April 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Suzy

    Even if McCain's allegation IS TRUE, so what?
    Isnt it better to have a dialogue with those who
    hate you, rather than continual lobbing of hate,
    and sable rattling. We've done this for years, and
    where has it gotton us??? Isnt a new tactic worth
    a shot?

    April 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. JB Cal

    I never had any plans to vote for McCain, but I did respect him. But now that is gone. I'm really beginning to question his mental capabilities.

    April 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Joe

    So, McCain in one breath complains that Obama twists McCain's words in a "recklessly dishonest" fashion, then in the next puts out plainly inflammatory propaganda. Wow. He's a bigger jerk than I thought. Not to mention the fact that his foreign policy ideas are far more dangerous and foolhardy.

    April 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Femi in minneapolis

    Well, only die hard fox news channel lovers will find this as more reason to hate Obama. but it has been hinted and said time and time again.....the usless senator from Ohio said terrorists will be dancing on the streets. meanwhile he cannot given a single policy to help the average american retain a home.....enough of old elites this year. And can someone tell MRS McCain to release those taxes! we need our so called patroits to stop talking and starting doing!

    April 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. mama for obama

    Ok, soon these add will read, paid, approved and endorsed by McClinton campaign..........

    who are the elitists?? pleaesse, does he truly think we the people are stupid or what/
    he really want us to go to war,
    he is so outdated, with all du respect, all he knows, thinks, breathes, and talks about is WAR.

    again, Clinton and McCain = one and the same..........
    same old politics,
    same old tricks
    same old lies
    same old same old
    two old same
    same two old
    the two
    the old (old in their ways of t hinking, ) not talking about age per say (just to clarify, because clintonists take all words out of context )

    April 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Veterans for Obama

    The AARP wants McCain....and I want the social security money he received returned!

    April 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. one nation under god!!!!

    Fact check obama is sinking in polls.

    April 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Now for Obama

    Hillary and Mccain are two of the most desperate people I have ever seen in my life

    April 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. chuks

    Wrong move John on scare tactics,

    You are a walking dead man when the Obama train charges at you. Pity you don't realize it yet. By the way you better plead with 527s on the republican side not to try swiftboarding because word on the street is that moveon.org and other democratic 527s are ready to hit you so hard on personal issues that Cindy will be crying, oh yeah.

    John, democrats have learnt from the republicans on 527 strategies. Boy oh boy I can't wait. I heard they even stuff on the republican elites having a meeting while a choir sang anti-american songs, ha!. Its like catching the whole big fishes with one net.

    We dare your 527s to strike the first blow, its either going to be elections on the issues, or election on wasted tissues if you get what I mean? I know you do.

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    April 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Christian, Tampa FL

    This is ridiculous and should only backfire on McCain. I am disgusted, because I truly believed that John would keep his promise to transcend politics as usual. He already blew it.

    April 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Simon

    $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or $2,300.” just trying to distord money.Obama starts from 20,25,.....etc and you start at $50.You are crazy.We know all your targets.But you are gone..Only Ron Paul could try Obama but McCain? No way.

    April 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. whatever

    and so it begins... i guess the only positive is that he he realizes the fact that his favorite hiliary cant and wont win so he is focusing on obama. hiliary is wasting precious time and making obama spend money that he will need in the fall or maybe not because i still will be donating to his camp in the fall

    April 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Chuck in Oregon

    All I can say in additon to what I have alread said is ... the republicans are war mongers. You have no concept of what this war is doing to the American People, this Nation and our stature in the world. Yes he would get us out of Iraq as soon as possible based upon conversations with the leaders on the ground.

    April 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. darren

    Is this kindergarten thinking or what? I mean i actually respected mccain a lot b4 these latest campaign comments.. sure its not his words.. but his campaigns.. but if this is really true.. and u let ur actual campaign distribute THIS.. he should really be ashamed.. perhaps they really are that scared of Obama? i cant call it.. sooo.. heres the logic... dont worry about what americans want.. lets poll our worst and stated enemies..NOT elect who they say they like.. for no other rational reason than a buried implication that barack hussein obama is secretly pro hamas.. i hate to say it.. but these are the kinds of things the make u sure that we are NOT in a post racial society and anyone who says so has drunk the koolaid.

    April 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Kevin B-More

    McCain's camp is no better than G.W. Bush's camp, they both use lies and fear on the American people. His political dishonesty will be his legacy not his military heroism. That same attitude has been going on for years and look where its got us. We are tired of government lies, and need someone totally opposite even if its less experience. McCain's experience on foreign policy get us into wars and we need a change.

    April 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Maggie

    I think I am al little confused!!! Obama has run his campaign on hope and chance. If he goes around bashing people, what does it say about his campaign and changing the face of politics? I know he has to comment on the lies but I like the way he laughs about them.

    There are times I wish he would be more forceful but then I think about NH and the tears!!!

    Hillary used the Ayers thing on the debate the other night?? Well, on MSNBC has an article where Ayers had a fund raiser for the Clintons!!!!!
    And what a hipocrite is that????

    April 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. clarity

    I actually didn't think that McCain was this stupid.
    Nuff said!

    April 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. bad idea

    Well,the news came out on the news radio in New york.Hamas spokemans came on the radio talk and literally saidthat they do want barack Obama to win.My guess is you Obamamites cant take the truth about your candidate.Whos petty now?
    Dont blames other when it is the truth.Come on CNn post my comment already

    April 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Elisabeth

    "EVERYONE WANTS OBAMA!!! Our friends and our enemies … everyone….". No all friends don´t want Obama. European

    April 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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