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. olivia

    For God's sake when will the American public finally get sick of this
    kind of junk-journalism. What do you people want anyway, Clinton and Mccain terrorizing the whole world with this constant talk of hate.
    I am tired of non-news.

    April 19, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Jared

    Yeah – I guess this is proof that Obama will surrender to the terrorists. Just how stupid does McCain think voters are?

    April 19, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. SueB

    Talk about low politics! For all the talk about McCain being so honorable, every once in awhile, he not only gets down in the mud–he wallows in it.

    April 19, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Disgusting Republican smear tactics. World Net Daily is NOT a news source but rather an attack blog. Using 'information' posted on the WND site in a political campaign is grotesque. 4 days from now there will be a 'correction' and a mild 'apology' that the quote was 'taken out of context'. Seems like John Boy learned well from the 'John McCain's Gay Army' smear that GWB handed him in 2000.

    April 19, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. OS


    The world wants to see a person in the White House who is willing to bring peace to the world by talking and listening to every section of the population.

    They don't want to see a president who wants to wage an illegitimate war for another 100 years in Iraq and talks of invading countries like Iran.

    Peace always triumphs!!!

    April 19, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Retired Navy Veteran

    Let not be fooled again. Let us not let fearful of moving in a new direction. Although the Clinton have a well oiled system of the same old thing that will not bring about the change we need.

    Now, McCain believe in the Bush and the Clinton Era of Politics.

    I pray that all the members of the military, retired and those who seperated from the military Remember what have McCain not done for you. He have not provided any service to the military personnel he only taking to us now because he needs of now.

    We must tell him the same thing he told us.. Not this time....

    April 19, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Danny in Pittsburgh

    Well...given that John McCain is probably learning economic policy from "Yertle the Turtle"...there's really no surprise here.

    What's next, Barack Obama fathered my space alien baby?

    We might as well get this out of the way now...because if there was ever a danger to America as a Presidential candidate...it's one who doesn't really KNOW who the enemy is.

    We have SEEN the enemy. And it is us. It is George Bush. It is...John McCain.

    April 19, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. bdc

    Heaven forbid the entire middle east minus israel doesn't hate America... man would that be bad.. it would be harder to antagonize everyone and make them want to kill westerners.. I don't know what we'd do. Thank God McCain will maintain the violence I don't know what we'd do without him.

    April 19, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Unshrub

    McCain has just become another sleazy politician. You no longer deserve the respect from anyone. We got into the Iraq war because of deliberate lies and now you are proving you are going to use the same tactics as the Bush administration. Is this going to be the republican’s tactics for the elections: just try to scare everyone again because they obviously do not have any other issues they can win on? You can only use cutting taxes so many times before people catch on to that one as well. McCain, you have managed to take 40 years of distinguished service to this nation and in you desperation of becoming president lower you standards to below the belly of a snake. As someone who has served in the military you make me ashamed.

    April 19, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. denis

    This is below even McCain's loose standards...

    April 19, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. JT

    It all comes down to the voters and what they believe is in America's best interest. If you like McCain's message then vote for him. I'm not supporting a candidate that uses fear to get my attention. I'm not surprised that some would want Obama because there has been absolutly no meaningful dialog by the Bush Admin. on some world issues.

    I would guess that given we are losing troops almost every other day and bleeding 10-12 billion dollars a month into the war in Iraq that our enemies would want to continue with the current approach. To me, that means our enemies support McCain. Why would they want CHANGE? We're spending 10-12 billion a month and Bin Ladin is sipping tea in some cave. We will undo ourselves economically by continuing to finance our presence in Iraq. We're in trouble people as a nation and we have better get ourselves on track. And don't think for a second we are doing the world a favor. The few nations that may love us now will not necessarily care about us when we are down for the count.

    April 19, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Philip Bacon

    This is the kind of comment that makes me want to give up. Although I consider myself an American patriot, I see the kind of underhanded racism that attempts to reinforce the unjustified fear of Obama's name, race and lack of Patriotism. If the truth be known, this kind of Patriotism left some of us the victims of water hoses, bombings and lynchings and yet we too served our country with the kind of love that a child displays eventhough he has been raped by a parent.

    Come on America...knock it off!

    April 19, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Tired of the old politics

    This is absolutely ridiculous. I am so tired of the campaign tactic of 'hey, terrorists like him!' – it is the same fear mongering that got us in this mess in Iraq in the first place.

    The crazy part is that it could easily be said that Osama bin Laden is happy that Bush was elected because Bush provided him with something he didn't have before – access to Iraq...

    April 19, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    When I think of McCain, I think of Prune juice, dentures and Bingo Night Thursdays. McCain reminds me of that "Golden Girls" sitcom and the rest home up the block. Nothing about McCain personifies leadership. We want Hillary, not McCain... screw him.

    Hillary and Nader: Change we can believe in.

    April 19, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. JoeD

    Leading by using fear, uncertainty and doubt is what we have had for the past 8 years. Mr. McCain is following in the footsteps of GW. McBush really should be his new name. A change really is what the country needs, not another 4 years of Bush policies.

    April 19, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Steve25

    This claim is nothing but useless.

    April 19, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Ashley

    This tells me that people who never asked for a war that we imposed on them is seeing HOPE. I'm glad that the WORLD sees a leader in Mr. Obama. Regardless of their believes. Thomas Jefferson once said, "Dissidents are the ones who love their country best."
    Remember, we invaded a country that was filled with 4M people. Since we invaded, those 4M are scattered and not living in their homes. This war is creating more enemies than when we began. I'm ready to see a government that doesn't throw away $560B while our education is poor, healthcare is only for some, and our dollar is accepted, even in India.
    Yes, I'm ready for change and so is the world. Go OBAMA.

    April 19, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. Susan / PA

    If this is the best they can do...they are a sorry bunch......

    Did anyone ever think that we DO need a diplomatic negotiator with REAL skills?? Sen Obama can bring us that in every spectrum of the global world and so much more................period.

    So much for the straight talk express .....grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    April 19, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Sylvester Steinberg

    This is typical of so many politicians today. They fall behind in the polls, and they resort to fabricating soundbites, news clips and articles to continue to fan the flames of our fear. Our current regime has done this long enough. Let's move on people!

    April 19, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Jack

    Wow. From how clean a campaign McCain has run, that's DIRTY. "A vote for Obama is a vote for a terrorist", pretty much. How despicable to even suggest.

    April 19, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Jolicoeur

    We can see from the statement that McCain is finally showing his true colors by being against peace in the Middle East. He does not want the conflict between the Palestians and the Israelis to end. it is clear that this war is benefiting him politically. Hamas has seen in Obama a uniter, someone who can bring peace to the Middle East. The Republican has not done so for years; noone really thinks they can do that in the future. No wonder why McCain got the title of "warmonger".

    April 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Christina in TX

    This is definitely a prime example of the old political way...

    Most leaders of the other countries in the world are hoping that America changes it's foreign policy from the debacle of the last 7 years – In November, we'll see that the majority of Americans believe that as well!

    ...In with the new! Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. blech!

    So much for the "honorable campaign"

    April 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Michael in NC

    Jeez, people. Can't you see what's happening here? We're being given a choice between a leader who wants to talk to people we consider enemies and reach peaceful resolutions and figure out a way for us to NOT be enemies anymore, and a leader who wants to continue the old ways of non-communication and suspicions and closely-guarded borders and (God help us) war. Please, people. Please make the right choice. Let's change the world by making it ONE world all together. Maybe I'm just a naive kid, but doesn't that sound wonderful?

    April 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Bitter American

    And who do you want, Republicans? It's very obvious that you want Hillary Clinton to win the primary.

    So, the logic you are trying to use: we shouldn't vote for Obama just because Hamas wants him, backfires on you. Because, it also tells us then that we shouldn't vote for Hillary just because GOP wants her.....

    So, just cut this petty crap! And cnn, let's be responsible, smart adults here!

    April 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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