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. Cowboy Jack

    As a Democrat, I'm ashamed of Sen. Obama's lack of foreign policy understanding

    April 19, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. History buff

    Hamas prefers Obama as US President??? DID YOU SEE THAT!

    Great news for Hillary, as well as for all freedom loving people of the United States, and the entire world. Now we know who to vote for!

    Obviously, Hamas sees Obama as someone THEY can control, one who fits into their own plans for this world – bad news for the USA.

    We definitely don't need a President adding to our problems, due to not only his thin resume and paucity of experience, but now his ENDORSEMENT from Hamas!

    Without a doubt, the doggedness, tenacity, and determination that Hillary has exhibited during this campaign makes her our best bet for President. She's the more qualified one to handle this RED HOT WORLD we live in, ready to explode into "who-knows-what!"

    She's the one who has my CONFIDENCE – and MY VOTE!

    April 19, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. M

    wow talk about a battle on two fronts. that is ridiculous .... this campaign is just nasty and we haven't even found a democratic nom.

    April 19, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    While I do support Hamas: The Bush administration wanted a free and open election, and as soon as that was accomplished, and Hamas won, they backed the other candidate and refused to recognize Hamas. [That is the bush administration's view of a FREE & DEMOCRATIC ELECTION.] As long as you vote for someone that we (USA) can control and is friendly to us, we will go along with it.

    While Hamas may or may not like Obama, this is one well educated black lady that does not support Obama, and their are many, many more like me.

    Regarding Senator McCain's use of this issue, and the veracity of the claim that Hamas likes Obama is really unknown at this point, in a fund raising capacity is deplorable; it is a typical Republican beneath contempt politics...

    April 19, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. George

    oh no, a president who would "hold talks" with other countries and pursue diplomatic efforts? I'm sure we would all donate $50 to avoid THAT

    April 19, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Mark

    disgusting... i hope Americans don't fall for this type of campaigning once again.

    April 19, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Quas

    This is exactly why I won't vote for McCain...the old politics of fear! Remember, Bush, Al Qeida wanted John Kerry. McCain has become Bush Junior...I have historically liked McCain but as he moves forward he is moving closer to Bush everyday – And, have we not had enough of that? Take a look at this country before Bush and look at it today. Enough said!

    April 19, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Romel

    Then in 1993, the New World Order was established as a legitimate national agenda – by a socialist Democrat, Bill Clinton. People of the United States beware who you vote for in this election....

    If you read your bible in regards to the end of days , you would see more about the :




    Barack Obama is the only one who would help up lift this blessed country..... vote for him with a pure heart....


    Vote Barack Obama

    April 19, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. David

    Aaaaaaaand, so what, what is your point? Lost of distastesful folks want Hillary to win, and many also want you to win. Please, focus on what you can to to improve the US and the world and stop playing games.

    April 19, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. don

    Yes, it is much better to continue with George W.'s foreign policy of only talking about America's enemies and fanning anti-American opinions, then it is to engage the enemy and try to work with them to change their hateful, counter-productive ways. You offer no change from W's policies and this is sad.

    April 19, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Texas Voter

    This is pathetic. This is exactly the kind of asinine, juvenile politics that have come to mar this campaign. These politicians have such a low opinion of American voters that they feel we can be swayed by petty, disingenuous slurs tossed at their opponents. The sad reality is far too many people will fall for this crap.

    April 19, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. David

    Aaaaaaaand, so what, what is your point? Lots of distasteful folks want Hillary to win, and many also want you to win. Please, focus on what you can to do improve the US and the world and stop playing games.

    April 19, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Phil in KC

    Guess we now know who McCain fears most.

    April 19, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. fran

    Wow! So we can see Mc Cain is going to hit Obama below the belt. If he thought ABC was tough on him, he had better start growing a second and a third skin because the Repulican machine is going to come at him hard.

    April 19, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Clara

    This could mean that Hamas will talk to an American and there could be headway made in ending or decreasing much of the violence. My uncle used to say that the best way to make a friend out of an enemy was to invite then to dinner. I find the logic pretty powerful especially since the current policies have failed miserable.

    April 19, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Bella in Washington State

    Could this be misdirection? Maybe it's really Senator Clinton they don't want....?

    One more thing my fellow democrats. I see a lot of comments about "if my candidate doesn't get the nomination, I'm voting Republican". We all love our favorite but another 4 years of Bush politics is not going to make you feel better.

    April 19, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Nancy

    You sure know how to twist things to your favor.

    April 19, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Mike from tx

    I don't understand why is so much noise about HAMAS.
    Hamas is also a elected Govern body for PALASTINE.
    I think we need to learn how to respect other people.

    April 19, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. mjr17

    Suck it up, Wexler, Obama, et. al

    Stop calling other people divisive when you set already set the negative tone of this campaign.

    I hope every American will do what is right and choose a president that refuses to affiliate with or pander to terrorists, of all colors and religions.

    April 19, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. Lake Hart - A Native American Writer

    GOP should listen to Barak Obama and try some changes in their ways too.Promoting diplomacy, talking to our enemies, engauging them – that is change. Continued killing, excluding and segregation did not work in the USA and will not work in a global environment, either – unless your only focus is to sell arms and amunitions and to create moer enemies! Give peace a chance! Treat others fair and right and just and we will have peace and paradice right here in America – the homeland of my forefathers for thousands of generations. Sincerely, Lake Hart, a Native American Writer.

    April 19, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. James, Houston, TX.

    John McCain wouldn't surrender? He was a P.O. W., 5 1/2 yrs at the Hanoi Hilton; Gave Up Flag and Colors in Lieu of His Skin. At his Age , He needs to wash out His Mouth with Soap and Water !
    Now a self Professed Hero.
    If You Believe and Vote for this Turkey, You been There done That via G.W, Bush and the P.N.A.C. Go for It !!
    Also, Euro @ 1.62, British Lb. @ 1.99 vs Dollar; Whew, Beautiful, way to Go !

    April 19, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. question

    Hamas want him because they know they can take advantage from him?

    April 19, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Joelwill

    The McCain camp should learn for Hillary that the "mud slinging" will not work on Obama

    April 19, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Anthony Landaeta

    It's about time CNN ran this it's been on Fox for the last couple of days, This is the Great Foreign policy offered by Barack Obama love thy neighbor of the Clinton years. For those who don’t mine being attacked by the enemy Like the First world trade center bombing during the Clinton years and navy being attacked in the last years of the Clinton administration.

    April 19, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Melissa

    Karl Rove might as well have said it himself. Remember how in ' 04, how the terrorists allegedly wanted the Democrats to win? This is not a new trick but hopefully this time people will not fall for it. Terrorism is not getting better with Republicans in power. McCain can't continue to simultaneously be a maverick and a typical fear-mongerer forever. Eventually he's going to have to pick one and then his poll numbers will inevitably drop as people realize they were being played. (On an unrelated topic, it's pretty shameless of him to continue fundraising, since he's way past his public financing limits for the primary.) Shame on you, John McCain, for being no better than the very criminals who treated you terribly in the 2000 campaign and you are now desperate to please.

    April 19, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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