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. Mark

    What do you expect from John McCain and the GOP? Frankly, Hillary is probably upset she didn't find it first. Do we really need them?

    April 19, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. George

    Hamas may be engaging in misdirection, here. Many terror organizations actually prefer hardline American leaders–who furnish them with more "justification" for their hatred of America. In any case, in electing a president, Americans must make up their own minds, for their own reasons.

    April 19, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. terri lesile

    well who favors the mccain campaign ; lets see saudi arabi, china, russia, and all the countrys who we are supporting givng foreign aid to while getting a kickback for building projects and funneling money to and from. while the gullible and ignorant people in the US let it go on.

    April 19, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. bp

    Wow. Really McCain? Kind of Karl Rovian of you? You really are like George Bush. To think I would have voted for you in 2000.

    April 19, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. James

    Will the McCain campaign also publicize that the KKK wants his presidency over Senator Obama's, and use their support of a McCain presidency to raise funds to further their agenda and vision for America? I wonder? While McCain aims to and would endorse and push for economic (social & political) policies which feed and enflame American divide along racial, social, SES et al., lines, the KKK welcomes those policies (by any means) as they serve their agenda of disproportionate distribution of resources along racial lines to maintain misguided, immoral, unfair, and unAmerican ideology. I want to know how our gas prices will drop significantly, how will pensions be safeguarded, how will social security be safeguarded, how will our borders be defended, how will we target the rising Al Qeada forces in Afghanistan, how will we unite as Americans and force reasonable necessary changes? I submit that I sincerely do not know BUT am willing to listen to the individual who will speak directly to these pertinent issues...God Bless!

    April 19, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Tom from NC

    another wheel just fell off the straight talk express

    April 19, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Marcelo

    I don't have much to give, but when I can spare a few dollars, I like to support Barack's bid for the presidency. If you're like me, you're tired of the divisive politics and the the tireless games politicians play. I don't want this to continue in our anymore. We need a new type of leader. Not one that looks heroic and acts like they're different from the same old politicians we have had in the past, but someone who is genuine and honest with us. Someone who can pull us together by our common values to improve our country from the bottom up.

    We ALL love this country too much to allow Sen. McCain and Sen Clinton feed us the same old promises, only to break them when they arrive in Washington DC. Let's solve our dependence on foreign energy, let's stop exporting our jobs, let's solve our global warming crisis.

    Despite all the media's attempts to create scandals to sell headlines, I still believe in Barack. He should be judged by the quality of his character, not the color of his skin, his name or the deceptive labels his opponents try to give him.

    April 19, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Jeremy

    Of course Hamas prefers Obama.
    He is for dialogue leading to peace.
    Human beings should prefer Obama to McCain.
    Lord- it's 2008 and we still think bombs will solve our problems?
    The great United States of America is afraid of Hamas?
    I guess so, afraid enough to reach into our wallets and donate to
    Mr. McCain. Fear is the new black if you are a Republican. At least you better hope so.

    April 19, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Ben

    If McCain says he will never surender to Islamic extremests, he is saying that whatever his interpretation of what an extremest is, we will definately stay and fight and die for a hundred years! We invaded Irak without a single reason except to grab their oil. Every Irakie citizen is a potential "terrorist" Would you expect anything differant from a nation who lost more than 100,000 of their people to an invading army?
    He keeps saying he is going to save America. Aren't those 4000 young men who died there Americans? Who tried to save them?

    April 19, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Mike

    So much for the straight-talk express. This is the kind of politics that stuck us with an awful president like Bush. Is Karl Rove working for his campaign now?

    April 19, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. al

    Yeah, if I was Hamas, it would really suck for my families (and even Israeli families) if somebody actually tried to stabilize the Middle East...

    McCain can guarantee that won't happen..."Bomb, Bomb. Bomb..." was the song he sung...

    Anybody by McSame MCcain...

    April 19, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Susan

    Get ready for the down and dirty politics of John McCain and the Republicans. This is a new take on the Willie Horton ad that worked so well for Bush I. We're on to you McCain and the rest of the Karl Rove surrogates. We reject your politics, your tactics and your policies. Obama we have your back..unlike these Republican fookwads who just want to put a knife in it.

    Hillary it's time to bow out gracefully...we need everyone's help to stop these Republicans lowlifes and their smear tactics.

    Go Obama 2008...

    April 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Sharon in Califonria

    Not this time. The American people will not be manipulatd by the politics of fear. McCain knows better. He knows he will lose miserably if he resorts to these political tactics.

    April 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Godwin

    Obama has a vision to change America for the better!! McCain, you are old politics. We want a new blood in the white house. If Obama's presidency will end the Hamas hatred of Israel, I'm all for it. If Obama's presidency will improve America's image abroad (which we know it will), then he's the right guy for America. Let us vote for the most honest of the 3 candidates.

    April 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Rose

    Obama for Hamas!!!IS THIS WHAT AMERICA WANTS???

    April 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. FreshFlavor

    And Humus wants to be in lamb gyro. Enough of this nonsense. Zzz for McCain you don't stand a chance in November.

    April 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Need for balance

    i agree with McCain camp statement. barak is so far left that he'll bring the politic sof anything goes. im hoping for Clinton to be nomiee and vote for her. if not, i'll vote for mccain. the last thing we can afford is to have extreme left replacing extreme right. country needs balance.

    April 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Ingo

    If the Hamas statement is authentic, it's well calculated. Hamas knows very well that it damages Obama's campaign. Anyone can figure out easily which candidate they are actually supporting.

    April 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Bonjeur

    The Rupublican machine at work already. I don't buy that. No donation from me Mr. McCain.

    April 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Andy

    First off, World Net Daily is hardly a credible news source. The McCain camp definitely should not have relied on it for information. This quote could very easily be false.

    Secondly, you should ask yourself if Hamas' support is really a bad thing. I personally like Obama because I believe that he has the best chance of repairing the US image abroad. Support from Palestinians is an excellent first step toward achieving this goal and one that hopefully could open doors in finding a solution to the conflict in Israel. Maybe this is the breakthrough President Carter was hoping for.

    April 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Tony


    April 19, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. That Young American

    Wow. That was my first reaction on reading this article. This is something I would expect out of the Clintons, but I thought John McCain was above this level of negative campaigning.

    It is for some reason Obama's fault now, that Hamas leaders like his foreign policy vision. I like his foreign policy vision too, do I need to worry about John McCain's campaign trying to smear Obama because I support him? Obama's vision is one of dialogue and understanding. The last 8 years, the US has had a policy of ignoring the rest of the world and doing what it pleases, like an old western outlaw.

    As someone who has seen the horrors of war firsthand, I didn't expect this out of John McCain. Unfortunately, the man I once respected is looking more and more like a second coming of George W.

    April 19, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Don - Indiana

    I don't think this will work with the American people again. They were scared into voting for Bush Jr it will not happen again. Hillary's attacks are less ridiculous then this and they are not working!! We need our country to change now!

    Obama 08

    April 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Mugatu

    This is hilarious. Obama is even attracting the support of terrorist organizations. What can this man not do? He truly is a once in a lifetime leader.

    Finally America can surface from the hate and “bitterness” that has grown from Bush Regime

    April 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. some guy

    that's scary...

    that McCain will commit our troops forever to the middle east.

    April 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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