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)

    Mr. Obama here come more dirt on your shoulder. Please brush it off. Brush it off like, Jay-Z get that dirt of your shoulder. Holla back!!! Send Mc. Cain back to Vietnam and let the Viet Cong handle him.

    Obama 08!!

    April 18, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. ne, Pennsylvania

    McCain will NEVER get my vote. He gets away with alot because he squeezes his POW card. It's time to see this evil little man for what he is. I understand Rove is helping him behind the scenes too.

    April 18, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Deb

    No wonder Obama can not discuss important issues. He spends all his time dodging incoming crap from The Clintons, John McCain. This will definitely give Sean Hannity an hour's worth of television talk.

    April 18, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Vince - Phoenix

    hey McLame......


    April 18, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Ross in MD

    The old corrupt and incompetent politicians are desperate. They see Obama's intelligence and charisma and the movement he leads and they will stop at nothing to halt progress.

    Now they are fabricating quotes to 'prove' Hamas supports Obama.

    We can all expect these last gasps of a dying group. It won't last much longer now.

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Newman

    You can't double-team against Obama just like you can't double team Michael Jordan. You'll just get the smack-down. Obama vs Clinton and Edwards – Obama won. Obama vs McCain and Clinton – Obama wins again! The double-teaming doesn't work against Obama! When will you people learn? Go Obama! The only choice!

    April 18, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Nattie Karma

    Please tell us how you are going to get us out trouble. Hamas is not the answer. OBaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaama 08.

    April 18, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. James

    Republicans are always dirty.

    April 18, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. April in Texas

    I do find it amusing that McCCain is only attacking Obama with repulican gooroo stuff..... Says alot meaning he also belives Obama will be his opponent for the Nov Election.. Think about that Clinton supporters who say they will vote McCain if she doesnt steal /win the nomination.. McCain is diss'ing your first choice.. LOL....

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. K. S. Minneapolis,MN

    What a crock! All terror groups want republicans. Just look at Bin Laden. He proves that you can kill 3,000 Americans and not be killed or held accountable in any way, shape, or form. Please explain to me how the republicans are tough on terror while he still breathes and al qaeda and the taliban are still thriving?????!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Brenda Elizabeth Waters

    Stupid Little Man – did you never hear the phrase – "keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer". There will never be peace without dialogue as we finally found out in Ireland....sitting down with the enemy has stopped the killing. Dear Senator McCain your 'anger' at the humiliation of being part of a humiliating surrrender of that other unlawful war in Vietnam shows in your blind ambition to conquer Iraq – at whatever cost, both in the lives of your admirable military, and monitarily, just to appease the McCain Military tradition.

    As for running a 'gentlemanly' campaign – my dear, your seething temper is noticeaby visible just bubbling under the surface.

    While I respect your prisionor/Hero status doing your duty, it is most disconcerting to think a man so 'recklessly angry' could be considered for the Presidency. The World would be your War Zone unless it bowed to your narrow idea of what is right.

    Without prejudice
    Brenda Waters, Duubin, Ireland

    April 18, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. John Kay

    If McCain knows the difficulties that American people are facing right now, he will never go negative in this campaign. Knowing fully well that negativity wouldn't put food on the table for an average american. If negativity doesn't work out for Clinton, I don't think it will work for McCain.

    Right now, real issues are what matters for people for who are losing their homes, their jobs and social securities.

    April 18, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. suzy

    I sure hope that election ballots still have a place for "write-ins".....

    April 18, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. voice of reason, PA

    And he is whining about how Hilary questions him?! This is just a preview of what you're going to get Obama IF you get the nomination.

    You need a level of toughness and resolve. How you respond to all these is a measure of how you will behave under pressure.

    Obama fails miserably on these occasions. He is a good orator but that's not enough to be a world leader.

    April 18, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. mitch from ark.

    we all want obama!don't you get it?we want to unite our country and the world,before we destroy ourselves.the middle east needs peace!like it or not,hamas is there.someone needs to have dialogue with them,to try to resolve their differences.ignoring them will do nothing to stop them.this is just the first,of what mccain is going to say or do to scare americans.he's learned a lot by losing to bush 2 times.

    April 18, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. tom

    KEATING 5. KEATING 5. KEATING 5. Google it. Read about it. Learn what an absolute phoney McCain is. There's plenty of dirt on McCain (he happens to be older than dirt too). VOTE OBAMA.

    April 18, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Erik

    Who can take this cranky has-been seriously?

    April 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Harvard Alumni for Obama

    WOW! He isn't even the democratic nominee yet and the fear mongering begins!?

    So much for a clean campaign hey Mr. "Straight Talk Express"? I guess the wheels fell off along the way!

    Move over old man it's time for a good man to be in office!

    Obama '08

    April 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. what

    Doomsday are you kidding me!!! How did you make that conclusion from HAMAS liking Obama? Just in case you can't figure it out on your own 2+2=4 not 40. Please make rational conclusions, i am tired of reading these posts that make no sense.

    April 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Susan MO

    No Obama for president!

    He is insulting to Americans.

    He is critical.

    He does not want another debate.........and he wants to be president??

    He lost our vote a long time ago.

    April 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. king

    sounds like a surge to purge Obama

    April 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. shane

    And this is the guy Hillary supporters would choose over Obama if Obam wins? LOL! I for one am Glad that Mccain is pulling ou these tricks. Obama has succeeded in branding all politicians that play these games as "washngton style politicians". Voters are so turned off by it that these type of atacks simply backfire on those who make them.

    BArack Obama
    08 and 12!

    April 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. shane

    Looks like Mccain's camp is being "wrecklessly dishonest".

    April 18, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. reality

    The average American is so concerned about domestic issues that they do not dedicate the time to educate themselves about international politics.

    If B.O. becomes President rogue nations the world over will REJOICE, and America will suffer. I've yet to see one commentator bring any fact to bear to dispute this well-known fact.

    April 18, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. Cornel

    haha! McCain's campaign also forgot to point out that Most of the UK, France, Spain, etc... want Obama too. Pathetic...

    April 18, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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