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. Tyler J.B.

    I'm getting pretty sick of our elected officials not wanting to talk to people who want to kill us. I'd rather we talk with these people and try to work out some arrangement that would result in no one killing anybody. It could be done, if we'd just lose this "you're a terrorist, therefore we don't think you matter so we're not talking to you until you behave yourself." we'd probably be able to actually acquire peace.

    You know, that thing where no one has to die and everyone gets along?

    Give peace a chance.

    Oh, and McCain's campaign quoting a tabloid is pretty ridiculous. What's next? Clinton runs a blurb from the National Enquirer that says Obama is half-man half pterodactyl? That he wants to end the reign of humans and return the dinosaurs to power? Please.

    April 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    After all McCain's rhetoric, one fact remains: He is an illegal alien from Panama. He is no more entitled to the Presidency than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Because Ron Paul NEVER officially dropped out and because Ron Paul is a legal resident, he may very well end up becoming the Republican Presidential Frontrunner and eventual nominee. I like Ron Paul, but for me... it's gotta be Hillary.

    Hillary and Nader for a better tomorrow.

    April 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Corey

    Is anybody honestly fooled by the pathetically transparent attempts of the far right to win at any cost?

    After the last 8 years, I cannot fathom how anybody in their right mind could vote Republican. What a joke.

    Between the lies, the fear mongering, and the constant arrogant sneer, I don't know how any self respecting American could vote for McCain in the general election and then not throw up immediately afterward.

    For those of you who are considering voting for McCain in the fall, here's a tip...get out and travel. See how the rest of the world thinks and behaves. You'll gain a little perspective and maybe, just maybe, America will be able to finally regain it's reputation as the greatest country on earth.

    Good luck and God speed.

    April 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. disenfranchised

    unfortunate, irresponsible reporting both by cnn and the McCain group

    April 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Charle/Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Actually, I think that this is very good news. This would give Obama an opportunity to persuade Hamas to accept the terms of USA (stop the violence, recognize the state of Israel etc). If he can get them to do so, it could mean a first time real chance for peace in the Middle East. It would be much harder for McCain to get anything done as Hamas obviously does not welcome him and he neither presents any opening for them to gracefully return to the negotiating table. Peace for Israel and the Palestinian territories cannot be achieved, without the cooperation of Hamas. any policy to shut them out has failed so far. I am convinced that the Obama carrot/stick approach has more potential than the ever failing Bush-McCain "don't speak with adversariies, just bomb them" military strategy.

    April 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Jeremy

    Come on, this is pure drivel. Mmm, nothing like some good slander in the morning to get the appetite going. Sheesh, give me a break...

    April 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. NY

    cnn, do you really think that intelligent people care about that? they care about the economy, our troops in iraq, lost jobs.. just look at the number of comments....now post this.

    April 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Eric

    We have gone from McCarthyism to McCainism. Way to go, John.

    April 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. jozap

    So we are going to be taken back to the McCarthy era. One of our most shamefull times. How sad.

    April 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Mr. B

    This guy is going senile after Obama denounced terrorism.

    April 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Tee

    Hogwash, I don't think Insane Mccain Has enough Stamina To be president.

    April 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Carol in Durham

    What a new low. This is in keeping with Rove Politics "Get them afraid" ..Sadly this will fuel the idiot media and those uneducated who only listen to Fox and Republican muckrackers.
    I voted for McCain when he ran in primaries last time. I even swiched parties to do so.
    I certainly am glad to be back in the Democratic fold, because this tells me that McCain indeed would be a third term.

    April 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    I knew McCain was mortal after all: He finally gives in the temptation of smut-campaigning and muckraking tactics. Come on in, McCain... there's plenty of mud to sling in this arena. Hope you can take it when it's YOUR turn. LOL.

    LMAO in front of the office computer monitor...

    Hillary and Nader for a respectable America.

    April 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. W PA

    Obama will unite the world with his diplomatic vision. Like he said, one does not have to agree with other's policies, however, by being in diplomatic conversations or extending one's hand in peace, will make our country more honorable and give integrity to one's dealing with other countries. By bulliying our way on other countries just makes us look like...Bullies, and will make it much more difficult to get anything done to make this a more peacefull world.

    April 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Real people for real man.

    We have come to salute you President Barry Obama for your good work and for given us hope.
    May God Bless you and guide you through your journey to the White House. Also May God help your course for a successful Country that will bring peace to the world.

    Help you provide good jobs, good health care, and security to the people of the united state and the world.

    I believed and we believed in you and you alone will bring the world together to fight against poverty,/diseases.

    I hear Hillary wants another debate in Indianna

    I guess this time they will ask Obama how many times he mades love to his wife, because they focus on the negative issues instead of what the American face at the moment.
    I hope that debate won't happen.

    April 19, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Tom

    Mr. Wexler – what, and your teenager in a suit doesn't engage in empty tough talk and isn't DIVISIVE? That's, I'm sure why the democratic party is overwhelmingly for him, including Florida and Michigan, right? Oh yeah, that all is supposed to be Hillary's fault.

    Barack Obama ought to stay away from any talk about Hamas. His pastor had them write in the church bulletin (which I'm sure Barack didn't look at, right?) and Jimmy Carter who has made the point that his entire family supports Obama, is hugging and having warm fireside chats right now with the Hamas leaders. "Determined to isolate Hamas and support our ally Israel" my patooty. Your closet is full of this kind of garbage. This is just the start.

    April 19, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. d j jones

    i have been afraid of mr. obama from the beginning. his background should be looked into more. i am afraid if he gets into office as the president that we will become one of islams countries.

    April 19, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Bill

    Once upon a time, John McCain said he would run a clean and fair campaign. But I guess that promise was about as good as his commitments against tax cuts for the wealthy, for immigration reform, and against torture. Is there any principle that John McCain WON'T abandon in order to win the White House? What does he stand for besides winning? He is, as he so smugly accused Governor Romney of being, the candidate of change. It's just not change that I can believe in. BTW, I am a Navy vet who supported McCain in 2000.

    April 19, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. jean

    The corruptly rich Americans leaders like John Mccain and co. are determind to drag America to it fall ,Because they already have the Millions for their children and grand children and have created a world of their own and they are far away from reality and danger they place odinary people and hate truth . its time for working American to think like and use their vote to denounce fear and lies

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

    No matter how negative McCain becomes, he still won't get my vote. I'm still voting for Hillary.

    Hillary Clinton and Ralph Nader for REAL Americans (not Panamanian Presidential hopefuls...LOL)

    April 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. AMG

    I have lived and taught at Universities (Physics) in South America, Europe and the USA. Everywhere I found that the extreme left and some organizations like Hamas do indeed support and hope that Obama be elected. In the expressed view of the European Socialists Obama represents the chance for the left to gain major influence in the USA.
    Another interesting parallel appears when comparing the Obama socialistic populism to many South American politicians that are well intentioned, make great speeches but have a mistaken approach to social justice and ultimately fail poorly. They distribute poverty instead of wealth.

    April 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. J. Forbes, Texas Independent

    McCain is right. The terroists would rather have Obama as the US president than John McCain because McCain will be tough on the terroists.

    April 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Ron D.

    If John McCain had not married the rich boss' daughter some years ago, then no one would know the name of John McCain. It is his wife's money that has made him what he is today. It helps to have a wife that is worth around $100 million.

    April 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. wow

    all new low for the republican party – citing uncredited conservative newspapers in a racist attempt at smearing your opponent. This will not go over well

    April 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Lola


    April 19, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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