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. Freddy

    Research suggests that significantly more racists belong to the Republican part than the Democratic party– does this disqualify the party of you? No, and b/c it doesn't, neither should unsolicited support disqualify Obama. get real McCain, don't play with our minds, stick to the essentials!

    April 19, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Tracy

    Wow. I looks Like John McCain is talking out of both sides of his mouth. So much for not playing dirty huh, McSame.

    Get the memo, Dide. This is the crud we're tire of.

    April 19, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. David

    Very cheap campaign your running Senator McCain. You should be a shame of yourself acting such a way at such an age....Retire

    April 19, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Jay

    Nice propaganda from the McCain team. He must have learned it from 5 years in Vietnam.

    But seriously, even if this were true, to be able to have a dialog with leaders (who were democratically elected) who have been murdering themselves and others, Obama could engineer a peace in the middle east.

    What we need in this world is not more anger and brinksmanship, but understanding and compromise. We cannot just set these ridiculous standards of no diplomacy whatsoever because Nothing will get done. This is proven by the last 40 years!

    Let us elect someone who will change the world for the better.

    Let us elect sombody with the vision to see beyond the politics and attacks that are designed to make you afraid.

    Let us become friends with everyone in the world! including arabs! and end the war on terror. If they stop hating us, they will stop wanting to kill us.




    April 19, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Sven

    Wow... I thought McCain was promising a different type of campaign, devoid of dirty attacks like this. Typical Republican. A fear monger and hypocrite.

    April 19, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Michael in NC

    P.S. And don't you people DARE tell me that it's not as simple as sitting down and talking through our differences with the other side, because it is, it really is that simple! And somewhere inside yourselves you know it is too.

    April 19, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. GoHillary

    I can't wait for BO to ge handed his hat so he and his followers can all head for the caves.

    BO is right – you stink!

    April 19, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Interesting

    CNN you guys are way slow on this. Fox news has this reported since yesterday. The day before an audio was published where Hamas stated the quote.

    April 19, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Carrie Pa

    McCain has reached to lowest of the lows. Scare tactics!

    April 19, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Kevin

    Unfortunately, people have yet to realize that Barack Obama is a reincarnation of Jimmy Carter. It's so silly that he claims that he is so different, when democrats elected that horrible democrat on the heels of terrible republican administration (Nixon) and in a national and global political climate that was almost exactly the same. And yet, history will again repeat itself because so many people never learn. *sigh*

    April 19, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. GoHillary

    I can't wait for BO to be handed his hat so he and his followers can all head for the caves.

    BO is right – you stink!

    April 19, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. b-liberal

    This is why Obama will lose in November. Clinton critism and debate is nothing compared to what is coming. And it is going to bad when the neo-cons start inventing real scary stuff.

    Go Hillary – she can take this kind of stuff and not get flustered.

    Plus I noticed they didn't deny it was true – that has been an Obama pattern. Do not say whether something is true or not – just throw a lot of words at something. Usually that just angers people.

    Clinton on the other hand accepts her past and actions and also explains why things were done in a certain way.

    April 19, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Harry Fisher

    In this single thing, I agree with Hamas. I prefer Obama too, over any low-down, sneaky republican warmonger.

    April 19, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. marshall

    WOW, and people are still planning to vote for McCain over Obama if Hillary is not elected. Really people. Really??

    April 19, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Fraser Douglas

    So it's bad to favor talking over fighting?

    April 19, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Emily Morelli

    Yeah, of course. Because they know if John McCain is elected, the US will continue its policy of destruction, occupation, and failure, and we will dig our own graves.

    April 19, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. jt

    I think America needs to wake up before we are fooed into thinking Obama has Amwrica's future at heart. He does not know the country he has been born into. He seems to want to make an example of America by making America the target where we will appear weak because he appears to be weak in the way he thinks and believes. Anyone who has set under the teaching of a hate filled anti American so called preacher for 20 years and has gone along with his teaching and even brought his children up under thay type of hate cannot be good for our Country. He does not have any military background, does not really know how the real core of America works and things and I believe will try to bond with thse extremist countries and leaders to try and make a name for himself as a man of peace when it is clearly he will not be a man of peace if he tries to form a relationship with extremisnt rulers who only know force and live by violence without regard for the human life.

    April 19, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Lake Hart - A Native American Writer

    There id no group in the world, that is moderate and tolerent of others like Native Americans. You have silanced us for centuries – what about me or my comments need to be moderated? Lake Hart

    April 19, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. shane

    Mccain plans on continuing the Bush Regime's "wreckless dishonesty".

    April 19, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. FrankSZ

    Yes. USA needs to elect a president who is not liked by anyone. Who cares who the Hamas likes or not likes. Let's ask who does Saud-Arabia likes or how about a European nation? Let's see the polls for John McCain in Europe.

    April 19, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. joaquin

    I have to agree with McCain here.

    If he becomes president, "he will never surrender" quote. We will never have peace. There will be war with Iran, for sure. Peace and diplomacy are not even in his vocabulary. Hate between races will increase even more than it has been done with Bush's policies and his Iraq war because of his desire for war.

    In regard to Hamas and Israel, those people need to solve their differences. The problem is that they do not recur to diplomacy, and someone like Macain won't teach them diplomacy.

    And even worse, once the country is ruined with a guy that know a nothing about economy like McCain, we will not be able to defeand even from Cuba.

    So I think McCain better shut up. I would not vote for a McCain in a million years.

    go Obama, and if not Obama, Hillary

    April 19, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. DFinFL

    So, McCain's true colors are already showing with the old and discredited tactic of "rule by fear". New face, but the same disgusting Bush/Cheney/Rove regime.

    News flash for your neo-con buddies, Mr. McCain, we're Americans and we will not be "terrified" by you or any other extremist group.


    April 19, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Jeanett Sealy

    well I'm sure it will be very soon that we will hear this garbage out of Clinton's mouth as well. We all know she's in bed with the Republicans, guess that's understandable since her husband is usually in bed with someone else.....

    April 19, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Rick M

    McCain is right on in raising this issue.
    When an enemy prefers a candidate it tells you alot of the candidate.
    Obama wants to change the SOUL of America, something I could never support.
    I personally would challenge Obama's patriaotism any day!

    April 19, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Algernon

    What a relief. I was worried, the way some people were talking, that this might be a presidential campaign dominated by talk about issues and sober comparisons of plans and philosophies. Then I would have to think and that always makes me tired.

    Thank goodness for the familiar content-free slime tactics and fear mongering! I wouldn't know what to do if I had to think.

    April 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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