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. Stephen Z

    It's the same pathetic, wimpy, and deceptive tactics that George Bush used to get elected in 2000 that McCain is now using in 2008. I used to like McCain, and 8 years ago, maybe i would have voted for him, but he's nothing but a contradicting, hippo critical, sellout. He's changed virtually EVERY major stance he's had, from the Tax Cuts, to gay marriage, to immigration just so he can get elected. All of this has happened in the past 9 months too, how can voters be so ignorant not to realize this? Use your brains people...research on your own. The truth is out there, slapping you in the face....

    April 19, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. kevin from alaska

    With ultra-Zionists like Joe Lieberman and William Kristol whispering into Mccain's ear it's no wonder....

    April 19, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. paul

    McCain's strategy against Obama is starting to look like the Clinton strategy: throw the kitchen sink at the guy and hope that some of it sticks.

    Who gives a crap what Hamas says about the US Presidential election.

    April 19, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Eileen from Portland, Maine

    How crazy is that? McCain uses info they picked up from a tabloid rag?
    Hope that isn't how he would gather intelligence as president. Good Grief, McCain's got me worried now.

    April 19, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Patrick U

    This is nonsense. McCain has started taking the low road. Does Obama have any control over what Hamas or people say about him. The fact that people around the world love Obama, makes him the best person to be our President. You would not harm who you love. The world loves Obama, so they would not harm us during his Presidency. Period

    April 19, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Wendy

    What a low-down cheap shot from the McCain camp.... knowing John is an honorable man, I'm shocked that he would approve this kind of tactic!!!

    April 19, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Max

    McCain should be ashamed of himself. Fearmongering should be left behind as a Bush tactic.

    April 19, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Brian

    McCain, you're pathetic. If this is the best you can do, you most certainly will lose to Obama in November.

    April 19, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. DA

    Even more proof McCain offers a Bush third term... scare people into voting for him!

    April 19, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Judy Mason

    Guess what, John McCain! All of Europe prefers Obama; in fact, Europeans are very excited about Obama's candidacy. Are they terroists?

    April 19, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Art Homestead Florida

    With Obama moderating his wife to a relegated image copy of Jackie "O" rather than that of her ancestoral roots, I would expect him to besmitten with the philosophy of the aggregious overlord of women, in order to keep them "in their place". This is definately a man of collusion with Hamas and other extremists.... May Obama continue to subservitize women! Hail Obama!

    April 19, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Ian Webster

    Here we go with the fear-mongering. Maybe they like Barack because he will work harder to bring peace to the region? Politics is such a ridiculous matter.

    April 19, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    McCain will be in a retirement home in a few years anyway. He is so irrelevant.

    Hillary and Nader for American democracy.

    April 19, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. 5

    What? All you Obama supports have nothing to say about the fact that terrorest want him to be president. Its find with all of you that Obama will end up being a support of terrorism?

    April 19, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Chris K

    Why does this item appear twice in the political ticker? Shame on you CNN.

    The comments were made by proven right wing fear mongers. America, please wake up and don't let them influence you any more. Only you have the power to regain control of your government and say NO to those who use fear as a tool to make oil companies wealthy.

    Take a stand America. Stop it with the America vs. the world mentality. Don't let these greedy republicans try to brainwash you any further.

    April 19, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Robert


    I thought McCain would be above this kind of slime tactics.

    April 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Dixon

    I see that McCain and the Republican Party has sunk to a new low in politics. To say that Hamas want Obama is one thing, but is Mc Cain so close the them that he has this information. You can't win by being another Bush. I just lost a lot of respect for you Mr Mc Cain.

    April 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. David

    You know, I have always like McCain, but with his campaign turning ugle like this and trying to further tear apart this system, it makes me lean toward volting for Obama. Fight the battle of integrity, not one that resembles the Clinton play book.

    April 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    in your dream

    April 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. hillaryskank on myspace

    I thought you were different McCain. Now I see that there is not much difference between you and Hillary. I guess Nader is now my fall back vote.

    April 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Jason

    This e-mail is simply more proof that nothing but garbage is spewing forth from John McCain's mouth. If anything they would be happy with Obama being elected because he would withdraw the troops from the "gasoline war" in Iraq. McCain's foreign policy, just as his presidency would be, is a continuation of George W. The common citizen here would not even notice a difference. The gas prices will keep skyrocketing as money is wasted in Iraq when it could be spent on education here to prepare new generations of citizens to "fight the good fight" that he is oh so concerned with now.

    April 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Daniel in Michigan

    This is a typical attempt to tie Obama to terrorists. Well, we know what kind of a tactic this is. The truth is, many people from many different cultures around the world will be dancing in the streets when Obama gets elected, because he represents the true diversity that America prides itself on, and not the typical white male bias.

    April 19, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Corey, Maryland

    Well McSame I bet Hitler and Satan are hoping you win the election...what now!!

    Obama Richardson 08!!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |

    the media should not let this old hag run away with this . sen mccain should apologize. this is unacceptable

    April 19, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. Kelly

    Okay, so now we're supposed to elect (or not elect) our president based on what some terrorist group thinks? Has the fear-mongering Bush has been spewing for seven years destroyed our ability to reason?

    April 19, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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