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. Samina WI

    And exactly thats how Obama is delivering on his promise to change how America is perceived around the world...he's succeeding and he's not even elected yet. How awesome....when even extremists start viewing America as a good nation with a great president. How much safer we would be.
    Barack is a positive change which not just America but the world is hoping for...and this change is already beginning to show.
    How excellent it is that his foreign policy is actually going to make us safer !!
    Go Obama !!! The whole world stands with you along with America!! 🙂

    April 19, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. ap

    excuse me mr. mccain...do you think John Hagee loves america as much as you do? cuz that guy hates america more than most hamas i' wager

    April 19, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Liz

    That was obvious when President Carter began his silent but obvious endorsement of Obama, then visited with Hamas.

    April 19, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Heather

    More Republican fear-mongering. Sad thing is a lot of people buy into this crap.

    April 19, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Obamanuts

    Just to mention CNN story about Reich endorsement, he did that months ago, he was one of those old disgruntle employees, Just the same the facts are he's been verbally supporting Obama for months, so this endorsement story is really a none story or lacks to mention at the least that Reich has been critisizing the Clintons for months, It's nice to have th whole story instead of making it sound like someone just made up their minds. The truth means the whole truth.

    April 19, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Demetris Fisher

    St. Louis Mo.

    What the heck is this non-sense. Is this an actual story? Or some fluff to fill web space?

    April 19, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. T Jones

    Heaven forbid our enemies stop hating us and wanting to kill us!!

    Heaven forbid, for goodness sakes, let's stay enemies forever.

    April 19, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Carol D.

    See, this is the kind of thing that turns us off, John McCain. (I supported you when you were running for the nomination against George W.) This is the petty politics-as-usual that we're tired of, and why you're going to be soundly defeated in November.

    The fact that the rest of the world, and yes, even Hamas, but a whole host of other more reputable organizations too, want Senator Obama is a testament to this man's ability to separate divides and repair our fragile standing in this global economy post-Bush. You only wish you could generate this type of excitement around the world.

    We need Obama, not McSame. Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. paul

    this is only the beginning of how low mccain will go.

    April 19, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. What?

    this is this least news worthy piece of slander. shame on you cnn.

    April 19, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Stephon L. Scott

    McCain's [campaign] comments are no different from the old politics that aim to evoke fear into Americans, while later pretending to rescue them from that fear....sick.

    April 19, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Jay

    Peace is what the world wants. If Hamas likes Obama and they are willing to listen to him and stop killing Israelis, so be it. Am sick of the constant fighting in the world.

    April 19, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. James

    Another example of scare tactics and fear mongering to get people to vote for him...Sounds eerily similar to 2000 and 2003

    April 19, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. sherry

    This is exactly why America should not elect either John McCain,Edwards, etc. or Hillary Clinton...EVERYBODY likes Barack Obama – that cant be all bad.

    April 19, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Andres David

    Politicians be sounding like strippers to me.

    April 19, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Walt

    Welcome to the "Straight Talk" above board honorable campaign of John McCain. So much for that.
    The swift boating won't work this time. Swift boating got us 4000+ dead in Iraq, bank failures, 1/2 TRILLION dollar deficit, Home foreclosures, gas at $4.00/gal, oil prices at $116/barrel and no health care plan.
    Not this time.

    April 19, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Joe

    This is really sleazy – so McCain's hooking up with the wing nuts and appealing to the hatemongers in his party. He is better than this and ought to repudiate it immediately and return all the money it brings in.

    April 19, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. rightsaid

    You have got to be kidding me. This sort of stupid argument works on anyone? How ignorant are people?

    Hamas is in democratically elected power because of Bush policies.

    April 19, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. yem amlak

    I do respect Mr McCain for his long service to our country.And I expect he will use his wisdom to please stop his campaign from misleading fund raising tactics by suggesting that Mr. Obama will surrender to terrorist organizations. I get it when Obama says diplomacy first. One life is too many to lose. Mr. McCain whether you lose or win keep your legacy intact.DO NOT MESS IT UP LIKE THE CLINTONS!!!!! THANK YOU

    April 19, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Jude

    Sorry John no money for you. No more scare tactics. America would treat Israel and Palistine like our baby brothers, hear each side out on issues and help resolve their differences. If that doesn't work, then we can turn to something else. But the old ways aren't working for us. Nice try!

    April 19, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Andrew

    What the?? Okay, McCain's straight talk express bus just ran off the road into crazy town! Statements and articles like these prove the ignorance and distorted minds of the extreme right-wing conservatives. Has America become so fractured and poisoned by rhetoric from insane political hacks? I can't even respect McCain. His campaign is pathetic, gutless , racist, and screams of fear mongering fools.

    I used to respect middle of the road conservatives with some common sense, but now I'm just ashamed of these types of Americans.

    Obama 08

    April 19, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. nganenu

    Stupid politics. McCainsss is irrelevent to the new and noble america, the one that will never accept the Katrina desaster, teh america that does not exhibit war as the only solution to the world problem. that generous America integrating all her sons and daughters is being carved by a new breed of leaders. And Obama is just one of them. Let old mcCains continue to scare the nation. Change is like water. Only stupid politics can attempt to stop it. November will tell

    April 19, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. Mark

    Are you kidding me? What a lame campaign strategy these republicans have. Just like the old Osama Bin Laden approves of the opponent's campaign. Do you take us for complete idiots?

    April 19, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Blayze Kohime

    Haven't we had enough of the last 8 years of fear mongering? I thought you were better than this McCain; you had went so long without attacking your opponents in this manner and even condemned lesser statements by your supporters. Why the change?

    April 19, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Sebastian

    This is good. Barack will counterpunch ... tactfully of course ... but forcefully. His stature will continue to rise, McCain's will fall.

    Those fear-mongering, Hillary loving, citizens who claim Obama can't handle the Roveian Republican Smear Machine will be proven wrong once again.

    Barack, continue to appeal to the middle ... the independent voters with the capacity to make informed judgements. Forget the fringes ... leave that to Hillary and John.

    April 19, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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