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. Robert Santa Rosa CA

    So the outrageous has begun very early.

    Actually, polls show that people all over the world are in favor of Obama over McCain by a wide margin. Hopefully, CNN will point this out as well.

    April 19, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Sharon Zirn

    The hidden message is 'American camp says America wants Obama'.

    April 19, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. hillaryskank on myspace

    So what is up with you not releasing your wife's tax records? What are you trying to hide? Yes it is true that Kerry didn't release his wife's either, but in case you've forgotten, he lost too.

    April 19, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Jake, California

    If this is how McCain is going to run his campaign, then he has lost 'on day one'

    Obama intends to befriend others around the world which will make for good relationships with them and therefore, little or no ant-American sentiments.

    Believe me so long as you HATE people, or worse go to their homes and blow them up, you will always have extreme enemies.

    But on the other hand, if you take the first step to love people, human nature shows that for the most part, they will at least like you back.

    It is up to the American people to join John McCain in alienating people or Barack Obama in bringing them together. This debate, we the supporters of Obama very much look forward to with McCain.

    April 19, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. TC Williams

    And if Hizballah came out and approved of John McCain, then what? This the latest of ridiculous political tactics among many that I've seen in this campaign.

    McCain represents an old America...an America afraid to TALK to people. It's time to turn the page.

    April 19, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Nelson De La Cruz

    I understand that politics is a contact sport but this is absolutely despicable.

    Issuing a communication that seeks to elicit the hatred and fear of a terrorist organization to achieve a domestic politcal outcome is low even by our political standards. Senator McCain, I am Democrat and you sir, are better than this.

    April 19, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Concern

    McCain..you are such a looser and you are fit for nothing..angry old silly man....what's in your mind? to spoil the economy by spending more on war..you idiot

    April 19, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. kia

    This dude is crazy. How come nobody bring the story that Mc Cain's Grand father was one of the KKK leaders. Hiow can anyone trust that guys now.

    April 19, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Tom in Baltimore

    The McCain campaign obviously wants to make Obama look pro-terrorist–I'm surprised they didn't use his middle name while they were at it. Congratulations to the McCain campaign for engaging in the modern version of accusing your opponent of being communist.

    It's nice to know the Straight Talk Express isn't engaging in any of the "reckless dishonesty" that Obama does (you know, like directly quoting your opponent and responding to the quote).

    April 19, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. BOBoy

    The whole world would prefer that Obama win. They are tired of the bullying policies of the Bush administration and fear that McCain would continue those policies. Why would Hamas be any different?

    April 19, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Illinois209

    It's good to know that the McCain camp is in direct talks with Hamas.....

    April 19, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. change1


    April 19, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Sharon

    Would John McCain send the same email if his opponent were a white guy from a family that came over on the Mayflower? I doubt it. What a cheap scare tactic. I previously respected John McCain. Now I do not.

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

    Is this what we have to look forward to from McCain??

    I'm too disappointed for words

    April 19, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Gerrbear

    Yea and like Mc has a plan as good as bush....lets see who likes his vision of the future... war and more war.. waste of time and resources but we can sell beer to the troops...bud of course.

    April 19, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. RJG

    It's clear that the McCain campaign will continue to pursue the same failed policies of the current administration. Why would we as a country want to continue with a policy that has created even more instability in the Middle East. Enough is enough...

    April 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Steve

    That didn't take long.
    Please look at the archives and read the vitriolic things said about HRC by the Obama supporters . Do they honestly believe that Clinton supporters like me will stand behind this guy after all of this?
    So before you Obama supporters go to write something nasty about Senator Clinton: Stop. Take a deep breath and say to yourself: "We need her supporters if we are going to win." Don't give me speeches. Look at the Electoral map. Study it and maybe start being nice if you really believe in this man.
    McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, Kerry-Not a good track record.
    One Democrat won: Clinton. (and he did it twice!) At least give them that respect. If you think Hillary had nothing to do with his success, you are kidding yourselves.

    April 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. BCP

    MISTAKE EVER WITH """""O….AMA"""""


    """"""""""""" ISLAM IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER """"""""""


    April 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Eric-Illinois

    Sounds like the kind of attacks that will really do Obama in.....He can not win in the general election.....then his wife can go back to not being proud of her country.

    April 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Jennifer

    So much for running a respectful campaign, McSame.

    April 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. The Pope

    Is McCain sure it's Hamas? I know he gets Sunnis mixed up with Al Queda and amnesty mixed up comprehensive reform

    April 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Brian

    So Hamas likes Obama, so does the majority of the US and the rest of the world. I guess siding with Obama means we are siding with Hamas? Nice try. Our policy of "were not going to talk to you unless you do what we say first" sounds like something that comes from my 5 year old who is being taught otherwise.

    Obama '08

    Otherwise, even though I really don't like her, Hillary!

    April 19, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. j. tonton

    Who cares what Christian Ferry or Hamas favor or like. We americans are electing our President to govern our own and beloved country.
    We do not like neither Christian Ferry's nor Old Man, John Mcccain's TERROR TACTICS with an immature idea and approach to siphon money, for what ?
    We better give our donations to needy children rather than to corrupt politician like OLD MAN, JOHN McCAIN.

    April 19, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Chris

    This is OUTRAGEOUS and an insult to ALL Americans! I guess John McCain has chosen to join the "Swift-Boaters" instead of stand up against them. He (and the Republicans) have shown their racist and prejudice colors early! SHAME on you John McCain!

    April 19, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Allen

    I find it interesting that CNN failed to report the Hamas endorsement, and has yet to report what hamas fully said. Instead they first report it as an aatck from John Mccain. Hamas did actually endorse Obama, and said they believe Obama is lying ot the American people i norder to get elected.

    April 19, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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