April 19th, 2008
03:25 PM ET
15 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.

Obama supporter Rep. Robert Wexler responded to the McCain fundraising e-mail Friday. "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.

UPDATE: EDITED to reflect that the World Net Daily/WABC exclusive interview has since been widely distributed through other news outlets.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (980 Responses)
  1. Alice

    yes, Hamas does favor Obama.


    April 19, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. Meredith

    Because World Net Daily is known for their accuracy. Seriously? That's the best they could find to back up their claim? This reeks of Hillary Clinton desperation....

    April 19, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Erin

    The Republican Fear Mongering Machine is starting. Wow...what a shock.

    April 19, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Tor Lars

    of course... the snippet tries to demean mccain's camp, but it's true that most of our enemies have come out in support of BO. Chavez, ortega, khadaffi, this hamas creep, etc...

    April 19, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. NC

    Im sure this this true – why wouldnt hamas want liberal obama who surrounds himself with antisemites and anti-Americans

    April 19, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Anonymous

    the macains are using fearmongering. dont you see obama is a uniter? all the world wants him to the the president. the world will heal.

    God bless america God bless obama

    April 19, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. Mario Fabro

    Here goes my campaign check .......... to Barack Obama!!!

    McCain = Bush to the end!

    Obama in '08

    April 19, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. RealinFlorida

    The American voter is much smarter this time around. Things like this won't work, John McCain should be smart and retract such statements.

    April 19, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Distortion at its best....

    The clueless McCain camp is at it again. This is the main reason we need to hurry up and get a democratic nominee so that McCain & Co. won't continue to get a free ride!

    April 19, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. John

    Really? And this paper is a credible source why? I saw one at the grocery store today: "Pope Is Really From Mars" Maybe we should send out an APB on this one as well...

    Morons, and we wonder why the country is in trouble.

    April 19, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. kevin from alaska

    And Al Qaeda favors McCain.

    Bin Laden knows that if Obama is elected America's stance in the world will increase and it will be more difficult to recruit. The War in Iraq is Bin Laden's chief recruiting tool right now, once that ends he'll have to struggle to recruit.

    McCain will continue to project the anti-American sentiments that W is so good at. Recruiting for Al Qaeda will be easier under a McCain administration than under an Obama administration (or Clinton, though to a lesser degree).

    April 19, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    McCain is a desperate man.

    April 19, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. Drew

    John McCain is just trying to spin around Hamas' words in order to further his own campaign. If you don't believe it's true, why would he immediately follow his statements with a "Donate Now" plea?

    April 19, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Duncan Bell

    You Americans should be ashamed of yourselves! I cannot believe how much your country has fallen away from its ideals. It simply does not make any sense at all to link Obama to Hamas. None. When are you going to focus (yes, you Cnn) on the real issues so your nation and regain it's footing? Please, for the world's sake, let's have intelligent discussions.

    April 19, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. David

    Man, that's so dirty.

    April 19, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. lol

    not surprising hamas backs obama for president. hamas also advertised in his churches bulletin. the terrorist both domestic(ayers), and international(auchi, hamas) seem "freindly" with obama. hopefully cnn will pursue his questionable affiliations with terrorist, and not gloss them over.

    April 19, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. Gary

    As a Brit following the US election with keen interest, I'm always shocked to see the sort of campaigning going on.
    These sort of extreme smear tactics are rarely, if ever, used here, and when they are they usually become fodder for satirical chat shows as it's so obvious to us all it's just politicians being politicians.
    It's not just the McCain campaign doing this, it's all three campaigns; when the world's in the state it is in, it's shocking that the most important election in the world, and perhaps the most important one in decades, is focusing on bowling scores, the words of campaign "supporters" and throwaway comments rather than the real issues at hand.
    Shame on the campaigns and shame on the US media.

    April 19, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. felice, Fredericksburg, VA

    John McCain is ridiculous. he and his team are fanning a flame that distracts from that fact that this guy Mcain is sooooo out of touch and would be just as horrific for this country as the current President. He's old, he's inarticulate, he has no vision re: the economy and he just not a good choice for this nation. He served this country in the military -great, let's applaud him for that. Other than that he would be another failure and turn this country backwards even more so than the pathetic guy in office now.

    April 19, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. antler

    Typical Republican crap! If you are not with us, you're against us.

    April 19, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. Mark Diplomat

    How desperate to see John McCain, the American hero, descend to scurrilous, non-sequitur attacks at this late date. Hamas is not running for election in the U.S. - a fine slate of U.S. candidates are doing so.

    Mr. McCain – do not denigrate yourself. Keep the election positive, focused on issues - not distractions - and focus on the needs and wants of average Americans..... not beer magnate heirs and heiresses...

    April 19, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. Christine, Tampa

    divisive fear mongering = the Republican agenda

    April 19, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. Joe S.

    These people are despicable. I thought I could vote for McCain because I saw him as someone who could ultimately unite the country.

    But I see now that I was mistaken.

    April 19, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. GoObama2008

    Just because Obama wants to hold talks and negotiate (like civilized people), does not mean he wants to surrender. God forbid McCan't comes into power and turns the world into a big Ol' Western with his war mongering. The McCan't camp is just trying to play to the average American's fear of Islam by linking him to Hamas indirectly. What a pity!!

    April 19, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Fred

    No one should be surprised that McCain would use these tactics. He is more of a lier than HRC. Since when do we as Americans look to what Hamas says for direction in our voting decisions. Does McCain think we lack all independent thought and think "Wow...if Hamas says they like Obama, we have to vote for McCain" What if North Koreans say they like McCain and his policies? Should we then think Obama is better? This type of politics sells Americans short.

    April 19, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Lisa

    My sentiments exactly!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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