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. Roshard Wilder

    this email, and story is so unfair

    April 19, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Kslan

    John McCain continues to provide proof of what a political prostitute he really is. From donning a robe alongside the late Jerry Falwell to pandering to the gun crowd, the religious right wingnuts and other Republicans. A vote for McCain is a vote for another Korea. Fifty-five years in Korea and counting.

    April 19, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Allen 2Saint New York, NY

    So, back to Karl Rove's "How Low Can You Go?" tactics. I thought that stuff was beneath McCain. Maybe not.

    April 19, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Lorenzo

    Even other countries see we need change. The world is looking at
    this election. I have never seen other countries in so much joy for a

    April 19, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Doreen Augusta Maine

    John McCain's campaign is the campaign of fear - another George Bush legacy. Shame on you, John McCain. Are you not yet another politician who will say anything and do anything for the sake of winning and/or raising money.

    April 19, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. alex

    and he says that Obama is twisting the truth? look at the republicans at it again...

    April 19, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Venus

    Is this the best Mc Cain can do? Wasn't this on this same blog yesterday? Come on Mc Cain----–

    April 19, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Sean Dunn

    Outrageous. Simply outrageous. If the McCain needs to learn anything from the Clinton camp it’s that WE, THE PEOPLE, are not that dumb. Do they really think they can play us this way? Do they really think this scores them points? Keep this up for a few more weeks and watch McCain’s negatives start to chase Clinton’s negatives.

    There is one thing indisputably clear: almost every foreign nation wants a change from GWB. The entire world wants it. And if McCain is going to run a platform that closely aligns with Bush then his presidential aspirations will set like the sun. He needs to do better than this – scare the Jews, alienate the bible belt, and get the flag wavers to scream “traitor”. Hey, John, it’s a change year, and that old crap isn’t going to stick.

    April 19, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Richard Marks

    I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said, "INSANE McCAIN: The RIGHT man . . . for MORDOR." I thought it appropriate but, then again, I read so I know what "Mordor" is and what it means. I believe a campaign should be started along the lines of "Insane McCain, Satan's Candidate."
    If the lunatic McCain is elected, it is all over for this country. It really IS just that simple.

    April 19, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Patrick Blackmon

    Uh oh.

    April 19, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Rayne Williams

    Looks like McCain has hired Karl Rove to work for his campaign.

    April 19, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Bitter in Texas

    ........and their "news source" is an outstanding one World Net Daily...is that some right wing rag or an off shoot from ABC News?

    April 19, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |

    So what, so does the majority of American people. Are you saying we are in error?

    April 19, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. eric barthel

    to old to be president we like mr OBAMA and we nhope to win in november yes we can

    April 19, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Barbara in NC

    If the world hates (us) because of our leader (yuck), maybe it would be better for peace if we had someone everyone likes.

    Stop the hate they've had for mccain and clinton and bush

    April 19, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Lawrence

    I applaude Hamas' approval of Barack Obama. How I look at this is that Hamas, as well as the rest of the world, are sick of the Bush Administration and are ready for something better, something different....everyone is reado for CHANGE! What happened to McCain's claims to run a clean campaign?

    The approval/endorsment that the entire world should be worried about is Bush's endorsment for McCain. Bush is the real MONSTER!


    April 19, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. cc pennes

    what else is the mcbush camp going to throw at obama, i hope the voters can see through all these lies & accusations now it's hamas????? they are reaching out to a point of absurdity, the next thing will be the white woman holding obama is really hitler "in drag", nothing is going to stick to obama, & if there is a god he will be our next president!!!!!!! because god can't be that cruel, and give us another bush, and that is what we would be getting if god forbid, you vote for mccain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Edward Bourelly

    This is ridiculous and is ethnocentrism at its worst! I thought McCain was going to run a respectable campaign. What is respectable about this garbage. It is racists and it is exactly the kind of Karl Rove politics McCain and his wife claimed to abhor when they ran against Bush. Bush's campaign put out that McCain's wife was addicted to drugs and that their adopted child was McCain's illegitimate black child from another woman. This is exactly why he objected to MLK day. I am outraged!

    April 19, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. MC

    This is ridiculous... Will fear play again an important role in US presidential elections ? Will people still fall for that ? Probably yes...

    April 19, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Fed Up

    So much for McCain's respectful politics. And is Obama now supposed to be responsible for comments by those who are not even IDENTIFIED? And we wonder what is wrong with our government and politics? Disgusting.

    April 19, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Paige

    If McCain is trying not to be "McBush" then why is he starting his general election campaign based on fear? Rove and Bush did that for eight years and many Americans fell for this tactic. Now we are paying for it at the pump; in healthcare cost, jobs lost; etc. I don't think Americans will fall for this again and sadly, I thought McCain was better than Bush. How silly of me!

    April 19, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Terry Sevrence

    I guss John has to lower his standards to mus sling. I am a republican but I don't have a clue who I will vote for in the general election. We really do not have the three best people running for office. It is very sad as our county needs lots of help.

    April 19, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. eric barthel

    go barack we love not an old president its new generation time now

    April 19, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. dwho

    McCain campaign is out of touch about what is going on in the demoncratic primaries.

    Since the beginning of the campaign season, Obama has been saying that he will talk with the enemies of this country as well as people who like this country.

    Hamas leaders are watching and listening to all that is going on and all that have been said by individual candidate. So, may be they want to talk with Obama instead of McCain.

    It is good that we fear not to negotiate but we should not negotiate out of fear.

    April 19, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Ashley

    Though not a McCain supporter, I used to respect him. No longer.

    April 19, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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