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. nukesh native

    let's call it how it is!
    as a native i've seen it!
    it's a whiteman's country
    because of his color
    he will never sit in the oval office
    they rather see a caucasian woman than a blackman

    April 18, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Valley Girl

    Okay Mcbush...sit down..

    April 18, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. McCain wants to fight the whole world

    All McCain wants to do is: FIGHT WITH EVERYONE

    Honestly, I think he is so dump, if you always want to fight with Iran, how can there be a peace deal ? Only if you really want to establish a peace deal there can be a real peace deal. For example: If person A does not like person B, unless they do some kind of talking, they won't like eachother for ever. This is what McCain foreign policy is.

    April 18, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. bob in LA

    We, as Americans have no one to blame but ourselves for this type of slanderous comment.
    If, we demanded proprer election reform; that being only debates, time set aside for policy statements and did away with campign contributions, PAC, and any private campaign expenditures, this sort of thing would not only lessen but not be necessary.
    True campaign reform would do away with all forms of public endorsements, unions taking sides and wasting thier members dues and would free hundreds of millions for truly worthy causes from these individuals and companies to go elsewhere.
    There are those that say this stifles free speech, however, this would not keep poeple from talking to one another, just organization that have political agendas. And, yes, that includes religous groups!

    April 18, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Please, Bill Burton,

    Don't let McShame get away with this. This is way over board!! I have always tried to be respectful when "speaking" about the candidates, but in this instance you have to forgive me, I really think after this disgusting outright lie, this title fits.

    On the other hand maybe McShame is doing Sen. Obama a good deed. Now let us see if his campaign strategy will backfire on him, like it has with Sen. Clinton.

    April 18, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Robert

    Maybe you misunderstood, McBush. Are you sure Hamas likes Obama? Or is it that Obama likes hummus?

    Words sure can be confusing, you know, like "Iran" and "Iraq."

    April 18, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Chris

    Folks: Take it easy. The true is always the true. NO MORE DEBATE FOR SEN. OBAMA. Listen to him. Don't ask. OK.

    April 18, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |

    Either the hamas spokesman supports Obama or he doesn't.
    What's blatently dishonest is how CNN tries to discredit the story with the source.
    That's irrelevant. Did the reporter check to see if this was true?
    Where, oh where are the jouralists?
    Every source I have shows it's true. Hamas terrorists support Obama for President. Why wouldn't they? Obama's church supports hamas.
    Can you handle the truth?

    April 18, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Cheryll

    is this the same man that first said we should not help the people that are hurting from the housing meltdown and then came back and said he meant the ones that should have knew better? Make up your mind, but maybe age does play a part in this. Also is it me or is anyone noticing that when McCain is with his wife and they are walking somewhere or he is getting ready to speak and she either guides him or wispers in his ear, looks like Nancy and Reagen to me and we now know why. Now Hamas is for him and McCain has found an article, who wrote this and when? What is next Oh I know Obama is the anti-christ and we have a scripture to prove it. America we are getting pathetic and the world is watching us.

    April 18, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Mark

    We'll see you soon McCain. It will soon be easy to see you for who you are...nothing but a fear monger. NO MORE!


    April 18, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. Rena

    All I want to know is those of you who are supporting McCain do you have a lot of money? Are your finances in order for the next 4 years? Are you absolute sure you will have a job next year? Can you afford the gas prices? Will you have your house by the end of the year? If your answer is NO to any of these questions then I say ya'll are a bunch of FOOLS to be supporting someone who has millions and plan to pick up where Bush leave off. The economy will not effect him one way or the other whereas it will affect you and your household tremendiously. You think about that! And I go further to say this you vote this man in office you will be considered murders of our soldiers just as he and Bush are considered. You accept his policy than you accept his war and the title of murders.

    April 18, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Tom

    McCain you are dirty old politicain who dont know what American want I hope you drop out like Hillary should

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |



    April 18, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Put a fork in it!

    Bring it on McOldFart!

    Obama will mop the floor with you and your diapers.

    April 18, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Vince - Phoenix


    (i .... I.... I can't DO this for another four years.... I just ... cant.....)

    April 18, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Angel

    Wow McCain Camp is really desperate for money............. that they have to use fear to scare people and raise money......
    I think you better find a different way of inspring people to donate to
    your campaign because i think fear won't work this year...........

    Obama 08 or Hillary 08........

    April 18, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Realist

    Obama's poll numbers are dropping. America beware of this inexperienced politician who is incapable of running our country. He will not win the general election and a vote for him is a vote for the Republican party.

    April 18, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Cami

    One Nation Under God said: "I think the legal voting age should be raised to 25.The immaturity of the obama supporters on here smacks of spoiled college brats.Talk to me about obama when youve been in the real world kiddies."
    So, should we also raise the legal age to join the military to fight in Iraq to 25, too? Those young Americans you disparage are the ones fighting and dying for you – you know, out there in the "real world."

    Grow up!

    Regarding the article . . . who cares??? I checked out that site and found a bunch of radical, far-right hate-spewing. Typical Republican fear-mongering . . . . but nothing could scare me as much as John McWar in the White House.

    Luckily, the Obama campaign doesn't have to resort to such tactics to raise money. The million-and-a-half or so donors have got him covered.

    April 18, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Ted van Tol

    If McCain will be your new president i will look for another planet!
    It would be a disaster for the world because nothing will change.
    What the world needs now is new vision, we cannot go on like we did.
    This world is ill and need healing therfore a message of hope is wanted.
    Obama will unite not only America but a lot of nations and religions.
    He is a gift of heaven.

    Ted. The Netherlands

    April 18, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. OUR USA!


    April 18, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Lydia

    Shame on you McSame!!!
    Fear tactics again...(ugh!).

    April 18, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Al, Sacramento Ca

    Obama, get ready for the GOP spin machine, this is only the beginning. Hillary was bunny compared to these guys.

    It's going to get very nasty after June 3.

    Democrats 08!!

    April 18, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. tonytony

    we're seing people with "good character and good moral values" making good"decisions"...those are people with "a say so" about political matters,and in "old days politics"..these guys would've voted for someone they share "special interest"with or someone they wonna say"u scratch my back,i'll scratch yours"..but guess what,their "concious"is not letting them do so...I HAVE A LOTS OF RESPECT for MR Reich and MR richardson..for not folloeing the same "OL POLITICS TACTIS"..we're starting to see the"CHANGE"already...OBAMA IS ALREADING DOING SOMETHING HE SAID HE WOULD....That's what u call a"promiss fulfilled"
    GO OBAMA08...I know dat "ol man"is no match for you in november

    April 18, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Mack

    Its going to be so funny when those republicans that voted for Obama in the primaries to get Hillary out of the race vote for McCain in the general election. The democrat party has been duked by the GOP.

    April 18, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. White Independent

    I find this sad but not surprising. All the reasons that I wanted John McCain to be the Republican nominee eight years ago have been sold along with his soul to the fearmongering radicals errr... christian right (I can't tell the difference anymore). I guess he felt the clock ticking on his own mortality and felt like this was his last chance. Such a sad ending.

    April 18, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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