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. William from TX

    Gotta love the GOP fear machine

    April 19, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. John

    Mccain is a war monger/Bush lackey

    April 19, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Michael

    Smear tactics from McCain.

    April 19, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Tim

    Barack Obama scares me, I will bever vote for him. It's like a cult the way people are following him

    April 19, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Democratic Soldier

    Yeah, John McInsane, we all know you're just itching to to go to war with Iran. . . War, war, war! That's all John McInsane knows.

    April 19, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Slowpoke

    CNN misqouted. It is really:
    "We don’t mind–actually we like Mr. Obama. We hope he will (win) the election and I do believe he is like John Kennedy, great man with great principle, and he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community but not with domination and arrogance"

    April 19, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Tired in KC

    This is the same type of rhetoric that I really did not expect from Mr. McCain. Scare Politics!! Maybe Hamas will just keep bombing and perform terrorist actions when McCain is in office, and maybe they will finally listen and change if Obama is in office. The point is, the last time we used scare politics, we got 8 years of hell. Please America, read through the lines.

    ******A Truthful Candidate that ACTUALLY will Change America 08******

    April 19, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. John - Maryland

    Low blow and pathetic from McCain – Republicans are very good in feer mongering.......

    April 19, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. April in Texas

    McCain is reaching and I hope he doesnt hurt himself. Typical fear mongering 101. McCain we may have fallen for that silly stuff with Bush but we have wised up and realize that isnt what we want or need in Washington..
    At least they seem to be focusing on the opponent which they believe they will be running against after the primaries..

    Obama 08

    April 19, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Peter of Oregon

    This attack on Obama by the McCain camp is recklessly unpatriotic, devisive, and meanspirited. It does not benefit the American people.

    Don't substitute substance with fear mongering. If at this point you don't feel your campaign has enough substance to defeat Obama on the issues impacting the American people, why not gracefully bow out of the race McCain?

    Romney did it. Most American's would completely understand if you did so too for the good of the American people in this time of war and economic turmoil.

    The more I see and hear you, the more I feel you're too grumpy to be President.

    Obama '08

    p.s. CNN Moderator please post this message even though it may be controversial and not fit with your personal political viewpoint.

    April 19, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Obama 08

    Here we go again with the Republican politics of fear. It appears that John McCain realizes this is his only legitimate play at winning the election, given his ineptitude regarding America's biggest crisis – the Economy. Voters won't be nearly as foolish as we were in 2004.

    April 19, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Lawrence

    Well that didn't take long for something like this to occur.

    April 19, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Johnny Boy

    If truth can be re-labeled "cynicism" and addressing the facts is "shameful" and "divisive" then let the carnage begin. This is not delicate tea-parlor stuff going on here folks. This is the real deal and America is at stake. Don't let anyone hide behind a screen and cast guilt at us and say "you can't ask that question" or "you can't state that truth." If the truth hurts, remember, it's the thing that will set you free. God said that. I think he meant that the truth you KNOW will set you free. Because if truth exists (I hope we can agree on that) and you don't know it, then it's highly unlikely to make you free. Cheers, Johnny.

    April 19, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. robin holmes

    Boy, talk about dirty politics. To put something like that out is disgracefull. The McCain camp should be ashamed.

    It is clear what they are trying to do. Maybe someone should ask
    a serial killer who is on death row who they want. Maybe they would say Hillary, or McCain.

    If I was going to vote for McCain, I think I may have just changed my mind.

    April 19, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. thomas

    why did cnn basically just reprint a mccain ad on their website?

    April 19, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. aughhhh

    McCain is starting to sound just like Karl Rove. Just what we need, another puppet president.

    April 19, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Whats cute here is the blatent policy of "We will not speak with any gov't that we don't agree with and simply wage 10000 years of war against them" (because history has shown time and time and time again that occupation of the middle east always ends spectacularly)

    Isn't it funny that a group that openly hates American's see's the positive things that can come from a different type of leader. Hmmm... maybe this whole "kill anyone who disagree's with us" policy isn't working so well.

    April 19, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Joe Green

    I am a John McCain supporter who has supported his campaigns financially in the past.

    I should correct that. I WAS a John McCain supporter.

    Those sort of comments are over the line, John.

    You had a chance to take Georgia, which is very Republican.

    We are, however, no idiots. GA will go Obama.

    I am SO disappointed in you, man!

    April 19, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Tired of the same

    This is a new low........

    This is exactly why people are sick of the current administration, and McSame or McInSane is really showing that he will do anything or say anything like HRC to get elected.

    This campaign season is just disappointing and exhausting. I at first thought well maybe I would entertain voting for him, but now with this information if Obama doesnt get the nod I will sit home, and tune out.

    Tired of the same

    April 19, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Joe Reg

    Since when Hamas was a factor in deciding American politics! The Bush and the Republicans are really loosing it.

    Senator Barack Obama represents a new dawn and a new beginning for America and the people of America embraces Senator Barack Obama a proud and true American.

    April 19, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. haas

    Looks like the Republlicans at their best. I can't wait till Obama wins the nomination and kick's McCains arse!

    April 19, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Dan

    Wow, the McCain campaign is almost as crazy as the Clinton campaign.

    April 19, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Mike

    This this most moronic nonsense I have ever seen. So is our goal to elect a candidate that every world leader hates? And if we hate the rest of the world so much, why don't we just drop nukes on them and get it over with. It is clear that we no longer have a desire to work with anyone to resolve problems. This backward logic is indicative of why we have the problems we do today. If we believe that the rest of the world has to and will do everything our way we are setting ourselves up for a lot of anxiety. Flag pins and "God Bless America" are blinding us to reality.

    April 19, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Charles

    Here comes the Republican spin machine. I am hoping that middle America will finally realize that Washington hates Obama because they fear change. They don't want things to change, they like things exactly the way they are. Keep the people in fear and they are easy to control. The people in the middle of this country need to ask themselves something. If you are living in Texas, or Kansas, or Indiana, are you more likely to be affected by a terrorist attack or by the sliding economy, losing healthcare, poor education for your kids, gas prices shooting out of control? Regardless of your party lines, lets actually work together to elect a president that really wants to change things.

    April 19, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Bev

    This is just the beginning of the dispicible tactics of the Swift boat gang. If McCain allows this stuff to happen during his campaign, then he just proves to the American people that he can not be trusted and he will do anything to get elected...just like Bush. McCain certainly will be a 3rd term for bush...govern through fear and intimidation.

    April 19, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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