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. PJH

    Does this mean we will have peace between the nations OR should we start to worry about the United States If Obama is President.

    April 19, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Rainy


    McCain is going down!

    April 19, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Matt

    How interesting. Perhaps we should be more worried about John McCain because he seems to be working with Hamas since he apparently knows their internal strategies.

    April 19, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Brent Stevenson

    So McCain would prefer we not talk to our enemies. And that would accomplish what?

    I was always told, "keep your friends close and your enemies closer"

    April 19, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Gail

    Okay people. Time to think. If this doesn't make you think, then I guess there is no hope for Obama supporters.

    April 19, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Michael in Columbus, Ohio

    I remember an old rap song from the 1980's called "what peole do for money", and if the McClinton campaigns ever needed a theme song, there it is for them. who cares what outside governments and groups think about who should win, it is what the american people want plain an simple. I say talk about what matters to the american public and that is the real topics.

    Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. William Golis

    Ugly stuff. I'm sending $100 to Obama today.

    April 19, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Jason

    Despicable. I expected better out of McCain, who claims to have "integrity" and claims to denounce gutter campaigning.

    April 19, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. John Des Plaines IL

    Sorry McShame, you can't scare us with your boogy men anymore. Time to take your Geritol and watch some TV reruns from the 50's.

    April 19, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Yoohoo

    So what? Many people, countries, leaders all over the world support Obama. Is McPain Jealous? McPain would not even get my own pet hamster to support him. Fear politics will not work again this time McPain. Your foreign policies are a joke and you sir, are a joke. Grow up and recognize that the Israeli/Palestinian issues or any other world wide issues will not be resolved through your "Elite" attitude towards other people and cultures. Issues get resolved through dialogue, something which you., McPain are incapable of doing. You and your Campaign pledged to run a decent campaign and this is what you bring up? Shame on you...I was on the fence between Obama and McCain but now I now you are full of it and willing to say anything. Shame on you McPain.

    April 19, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Emmanuel

    this is dispeakable. Is this the same Mccane who vowed not to go negative in the fall, its not fall yet but Mccane's campaign is already falling and rolling in mud.

    Mccane wants war, Obama or Hillary Clinton will bring the troops home and bring real victory for the American people and the people of Iraq in Iraq.

    April 19, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. After further review,Texas

    Meet the new FEAR MONGER,same as the old FEAR MONGER.I f you want four more years of BS vote for McSame.

    April 19, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Eugene Markelli

    And it's not only Hamas!!, the vast majority of people outside of the United States "like Mr. Obama and want him to win the election". It's no coinsidence that Democrats abroad overwhelmingly support Obama!

    The honourable John McCain obviously forgot to emphasis that. if America elects a president who people like, respect and listen to, in places like the middle east, rather than a president who's effigies are burnt in the streets, then I think we're making progress!!!!.

    April 19, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. stevekseattle

    Typical John McCain, typical right-wing. You have no substance, so you denigrate the other guy.

    April 19, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Gary

    Does this idiot McCain or anyone else in this country really believe Obama embraces any groups affiliated with terrorism? Regardless of one's political affiliation whether it be Republican, Democrat or Independent, its quite frightening to think that there are people naive enough to believe this type of propaganda. I don't think any decent self-respecting American embraces fanaticism regardless of what side of the fence they are on politically. McCain proves he is as much of a bottom feeder as the man he attacks in this outrageous fundraising email. These tactics do more to reveal the nature of the creator versus damaging the person they are targeting. Absolutely disgusting.

    April 19, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. brad

    Great. Maybe we can get something done instead of posing like a cowboy. Just because a group like that approves Obama doesn't really mean anything however at least it starts something on a positive note unlike "bomb bomb bomb Iran". Incredibly stupid.

    April 19, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Interesting

    yes, because if john mccain becomes president, im sure this is going to help him make peace in israel. you may not like hamas, but they were legitimately elected

    April 19, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Gone Fishin'

    The so-called "Straight Talk Express" has become the Crooked Smear Express.

    April 19, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Patrick

    Surrender? I thought the mission was accomplished? After all... Saddam is defeated and there are no WMD's there.

    Withdrawing from Iraq... Mr. McCain... is not surrender. It may be acknowledging the failure of our nation building capabilities but it is not surrender. So please quit with uninformed observations of the situation.

    We don't need a continuation of this disaster... what we needed was someone with vision to change Americas energy policy seven years ago so that the political status of oil countries like Iraq and Iran become meaningless.

    In every revolution... there is one man with a vision. You ain't it Mccain.

    April 19, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. virginia nielsen

    I just came from Europe and I was very impressed how Senator Obama is praised over there, they even have a best seller book called "The Black Kennedy" and they hope that he'll be the next president as he has all the knowledge about international issues and being a big time uniter he's going to take our country America back to the high standards that we want and the whole world wants. GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!
    OBAMA 2008-2012 !!!

    April 19, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Slowpoke

    You can see it was taken out of context in the image. Yes, they said it, but there was an explanation as to why they preferred his foreign policy which would be very informative if the media would let us see it.

    April 19, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Proud American

    McCain its all uphill for you. America is smarter than that... scare tactics wont work anymore. 8 years was more than enough.

    April 19, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Mr. Cohen

    This is simply the politic of fear. We know sen Obama strongly condemned hamas and we also do know neither him nor john Mccain can stop people from talking, splecially our side the US.

    Yes We Can! Jews for Obama!

    Obama '08!

    April 19, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. HH

    So much for the straight talk, he said he would not run a negative compaign. I guess you have to hold Hamas accountable for saying they like Obama. At least for once the group does not hate our guts. The Republicans are made of slime, and pray on the fear of dum Americans.

    April 19, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. Rob in Sacramento

    if you cant win on the issues & have defecient character, you lie. straight from a website that has no interest in the truth or in anything that doesnt support their narrow agenda. you are no longer a hero in my eyes Sen. McCain, just an aging, geedy has been who has traded his honor for personal gain.

    April 19, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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