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. Andy

    Hamas may be unpopular, and rightfully so, but they are also likely tired of the endless wars that only bear misery in people's lives. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they would also prefer the candidate who is most likely to work for peace in middle east – Barack Obama. Somebody needs to tell Mcsame that in a world where the president of these United States affects the lives of millions all over the world, Barack Obama is the undisputed favorite candidate of the rest of the world to become the next president. It's not just Hamas that favors him!!

    April 19, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Alfred

    It's true, they would like him as the next President. He would give them the recognition they crave. We must make sure that this doesn't happen! If you think President Jimmy Carter is a crazy liberal, don't even let Obama near the Oval Office!

    April 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    I think all those years in the Arizona sun fried McCain's brain...insane in the membrane.

    April 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    That is a real pity on McCain! He twists and fabricates such a story is evidently an effort to stir up ignorant people's irrational fear!

    I thank all women and men who servce for our country. My heart acks for McCain's years imprisoned when he servced our country.

    BUT, does John McCain know anything else other than WAR and FIGHT?

    Do you have to be so EVIL in your enamy's eyes that they can only utter hate and resentment of every cell of your existence? How does this qualify you to lead our country and the world?

    John McCain, what do you know about PEACE?

    John McCain is a WARMONGER!

    April 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Victor D.

    What a nonsense? Hamas wants Obama?
    The only thing I know is that the real war heroes are those who bring victory home not those who buy their mismanagements fall in enemies' hands.

    April 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Susan

    This is disgusting but you know what? The real John McCain stands up. Never mind the straight talk express, this is the REAL guy. A man who curses his wife, swears at other senators and who yes, hugged GW Bush after they slandered his family! Oh wait, he humiliated Chelsey Clinton to curry favor with fellow Republicans. YES WE CAN defeat this man if MSNBC stops cutting down Obama. Chris Matthews is just jealous!

    April 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Christopher Smith

    It is kind of ironic. The former prisoner of war says he will never surrender

    April 19, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Southerner

    Lets see, we have a Democratic party running a candidate endorsed by Hamas, at the very time that another Democrat is MEETING WITH HAMAS, and the Obama supporters think it's playing dirty to point out the differences between the parties.

    Obama is supported by hamas, wants to hold direct meetings with Ahmadinejad, wants to surrender to Al Qaeda in Iraq, etc..

    Yes, it is fair to bring this up, in fact it is critical that we do!

    April 19, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Bryan

    I used to respect McCain. What a scumbag.

    April 19, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Tim

    Simply disgusting.

    April 19, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Brnman

    Sen McCain and his campaign staff should be ashamed of themselves. What they're doing is like someone declaring that the Ku Klux Klan or the Nazi party wanted to see him win the US presidency.

    As Sen Obama has been saying, we are tired of this divisive type of politricks.

    April 19, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. willliam wall

    go barack obama go!!

    April 19, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    First off, Hillary is the truth...McCain is crud. I like McCain so much, I named my pet Gerbil "McCain". LOL

    Hillary and Nader, baby. All the way. (screw McCain and his GW Bush tactics)

    April 19, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Shannon

    I wonder if Obama watched all those bitter people come out to see the pope today. Wow,all that bitterness in one place. How much hate there must have been in that crowd for anyone that was different from them. Politics of hope and change, ridicule religion, white people, America, and anything it stands for. No thanks!

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

    Democrats Abroad in 158 of 160 countries voted 2-to-1 for Obama in its worldwide primaries.
    Americans in the US have given him the lead in primaries and caucuses as well as opinion polls showing he will beat McCain.
    Non-Americans all over the world are keen to see the US choose the best President for us, but also the best President of the rest of the world.
    I live abroad and travel extensively.
    Non-Americans believe our President is the President of the World.
    They beleive Obama's policies will restore US credibility and moral authority which are essential to world stability.
    If Hamas agrees with this view, then Obama would have a good chance of getting them to the negotiation table to work out peace in the Middle East.
    Obama is respected and trusted.
    I cannot believe Republican donors are dumb enough to fall for this fund-raising ploy.

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

    This tactic of saying that a group like Hamas would like Senator Obama to win is so much like the campaign of George Bush in 2004. This is a detestable tactic and now McCain has lost any shred of respect I had left for him. We want to hear what a candidate will do for the country and how they will solve our current problems. The average American is really tired of these dirty politics ploys!!

    April 19, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. mehrad

    post this one more time please..i didnt get it the first two

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

    Don't you think this might just be a BIG GOOD inorder to change Hamas into compliance?

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

    is this for real? from the straight-talk express? what a joke.

    April 19, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. willliam wall

    i'm going to say this like with the new movie speed racer go obama go obama go obama goooo!!!!

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

    No matter his angle, us true Hillary supporters still dont respect McCain. It's all about Hillary. We dont like Obama either, but only because we both want the same thing. after the election, Democrats will still be united... but McCain will still be America's liberal "Republican". LOL...

    April 19, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Merv


    Why did you revise this entry–based on absurd propaganda–in McCain's favor? He extracted this quote–spoken in the parlance of a moronic robot–from some NeoCon website that has a penchant for perpetuating xenophobic crap like this all the time.

    McCain: once Maverick turned Mini-Bush

    April 19, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Susan

    Since when was it ok to fabricate stories about another candidate and send them out as if it were something official. I am glad CNN also told what other headlines were on the website to show that it is nothing more then a tabloid and more then likely McCain and his people could have whatever they want up as headlines. I think in the general election McCain is no match for Obama. We can't afford 4 more years of Bush type antics.

    April 19, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. CastEvil

    Excellent! Even though I dont support Hamas, I do support a leader that brings hope rather than division among the international community. It seams to me that McCain is just more of Bush's policy.

    April 19, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Kenneth Frederiksen

    McCain and the Republican political hit squads can say anything they want. We won't be fooled again. McCain's efforts are in vain and a waste of time and money considering his embreace of Bush and the horrendous damage Bush has done to this country during his presidency. End of story.

    April 19, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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