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. Teresa W. of Newport Bch, CA

    Sorry.....not taking any chances with you. I want my child to have a future and possibly see the future. You are representing Bush tactics. It's not working.

    April 19, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. V from St. Louis


    These traditional politics that has gotten our country no where these last several years has to end... I am sick of it!

    Obama 08!

    April 19, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. rhosa

    LOL – is this the best they can come up with?

    April 19, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Sam69

    I think Bin Laden like Bush , Mccain's hero.

    We are now in worst silly season of politics.

    April 19, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Jason, Texas

    So, McCain is spreading Hamas propaganda. I'm sorry, but doesn't that put him in league with a terrorist group? And, as Americans, have we EVER allowed a foreign group determine who we vote for. I can't believe the press allows this stuff to come out. McCain should be ashamed of himself. Allowing Hamas any say inside an American election is just wrong.

    April 19, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Brad IL.

    Just wait John. The Democratic race isn't over yet. If the true candidate that is the most qualified ( Hillary Clinton ) isn't nominated then you'll all the support and money you can ask for. The real Dem. will back you over smoke and mirror's Obama camp. We don't need this guy in office to become friends with the same people who want to destroy the very fabric of are being. Maybe Hillary could let him sit on a committee ( not ), he's done nothing on the committee's he has already sat on. Go Hillary or give me John McCain.

    April 19, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Brian G. from Atlanta

    John McCain is a war monger, utilizing fear tactics to win dollars and votes. Unfortunately, Independents like myself see through this type of shallow politics. IT WILL NOT WORK THIS TIME!!!!! He and these right wing "conservative" republicans are manufacturing issues that don't even exist. Keep it up though because you are exposing yourselves to the ameican public. The saying goes, "circumstances reveals one's true character." He and his politics are relics of the past.

    April 19, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Cathy

    McCain is so desperate for campaign funds he has gone to an all time low. This is a disgrace in American politics and he really thinks the American people are so dumb to fall for this nonsense. What an insult...

    Support the democrats all the way to the oval office!!!

    April 19, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Ted: Canada

    Finally! someone who has a half a chance of wining the peace!

    McCain would have every last Amercian killed just so he can say he won. Foget that fact that both Americans and Canadians are getting killed without any real focus on what the goal is! Forget that fact that it is costing both of us when people in both the US and in Canada are struggling to survive to feed their kids!

    Obama will be respected by people around the world in every country!

    My American friends, if you give up this CHANCE this HOPE – you will have given EVERYTHING away.

    April 19, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. JC

    We know the Chinese have loved the Clintons for a very long time.
    Now Hamas likes Obama.
    I wonder which countries like McCain.

    Did Gordon Brown give any hint?
    I wish Ahmed Youself can get more specific about what changes he likes to see in America through Obama.

    April 19, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. WISDOM

    Wow! That's great news. I didn't know that McBush is supporting and campaigning for Obama.

    I think Obama will be a great president if he survives the combined forces of Billary and McBush team. I'm praying to God that let him win this election and guide us for next eight years.

    How can we solve all the problems of the world if we are even refusing to talk to them? Can we just Nuke them all? Is that the only answer you would expect from our leader? Let's hope for the world peace!

    April 19, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. yael

    Obama has some serious belief issues that will be addressed one way or another. Learn of his political maneuverings. Find out when he started distancing himself from his bigotted views of whites, Israelis, etc. Get informed.

    April 19, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Tom

    Seriously. Watch out John McCain Obama is coming for you after he's done with Clinton.

    April 19, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. citizen mccain

    this is the dumbest thing i've ever read.

    i don't agree with senator mccain's positions (especially in regards to foreign policy), but overall i thought he was a stand up guy. it appears he will be using the same type of fear mongering we've come to expect from the current adminstration.

    hey remember when they told us to stock up on duct tape?

    April 19, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Bill Stapp

    The McCain campaign seems to be saying, "People all around the world like Obama. Send me money."

    I would like to see the media do an in depth story on Mr. McCain's temper and spicy language. Is he the kind of leader we would want to represent our citizens around the world? Has any leader from another country stated unwavering support for McCain?

    Mr. McCain will never surrender to terrorist organizations. But with the cost of the wars, looming deficits, costs of entitlement programs, and the price tag of a growing federal bureaucracy, he may soon realize that the terrorism movement wants to attack us economically as much as it does militarily... and I think it is winning the economic battle. Anybody remember the Soviet Union?

    April 19, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. mwildwood

    Wasn't this post up before the Barack record crowd rally? Why would it have been reset to be the lead on the front page of CNN when the crowd size stroy came later and should be the lead. Sounds like CNN is carrying water for McCain on this one.

    April 19, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Roger Kathman

    This is more fear-mongering from the Grumpy Old People (GOP). Let's think about it. How can we lose a war (surrender) that Mr. Bush said was Mission Accomplished nearly five years ago. We won the stupid war we never should have been in except for the lies of Bush/Cheney/McCain.
    Now we are occupiers and McCain thinks that may be OK for a hundred years. Well, I am ready to leave Iraq now and that is not surrender it is simply the end of an immoral and illegal occupation.
    Hamas may perceive Obama as a better alternative than McCain. I suspect that they are not alone in that idea as the neoconservative imperialism has diminished our standing throughout the world.
    Yes, It is time for a change and a time for a better America.

    April 19, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Marti

    The first step in working with people who hold opposite views from our own, is developing some lev el of respect and perhaps even trust.

    Hamas is in a difficult bind. They were elected on a humanitarian "platform" - the people looked to them for help with the fundamentals of their lives. They've not done much of what they promised. Gaza is in disaster mode.

    If there is even a chance that the leaders of Hamas respect Obama enough to crack open the door to negotiations that would improve conditions in their corner of the ME, all of America should be hopeful, prayerful and supportive of the endeavor!

    April 19, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Will in PA

    McCain is starting to look as dangerous as George W.

    April 19, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. Bitter in Texas

    Those Repubilicans just can't help themselves....it's all about Fear and Hate. Wonder if John got this idea from Billery?

    April 19, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. CY from a non democratic country

    This is the most outrageous claim that I have heard in this campain season, everyone knows that Obama condemned Carter for holding a meeting with Hamas and was against it. How low can this republicans sink in the name of money and power; lying blatantly in the face of american people. Democrat whether Clinton or Obama supporter lets join together and demand that they repudiate this outrageous lie. Is one thing for Hannity, Rove and Limbaugh to use these types of lies, its another thing for a presidential candidate to stoop this low. I am a Clinton supporter and I ask all democrats to join me in demanding the Mccain denounce and apologise for this type of smear.

    April 19, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Montanan's Love Barack Obama

    Fear Mongering at it's worst...

    Don't vote for more of this same.........Camp McScarry ...

    Maybe Barack's message is more about communication and diplomacy.

    I vote for diplomacy any day of the week over war!

    I want a UNITER not another fighter...

    Fighting is old.. and this is "no Country for OLD men" and it's war agenda.

    Yes, .. We.. Can... change for the better..

    April 19, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. sjrich

    Wow.. thats just so so Republican.

    April 19, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Christian Kanschat

    How dare John McCain portray Senator Obama as a threat to National Security by exploiting the Middle East crises. If you want to talk about lack of national security let's talk about about Mr. McCain, who I deem unworthy of holding any political title before his name.

    If elected to office he would repeal the Jones Act, which requires American flagged vessels to transport goods from one American port to another. Repealing it, would allow foreign flagged vessels to transport our goods. American mariners are not allowed to use their documents on a foreign flagged vessel and foreign mariners cannot receive a billet on an American flagged vessel.
    American merchant mariners are the best trained mariners in the world. Replacing them means putting our American waterways in jepordy with inferior workers, not to mention making American sailors VERY angry.

    April 19, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Mark

    You sometimes have to resort to under-handed tactics like this when you've nominated a cadaver for president.

    April 19, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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