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. GOD

    A new low for McCain/Bush

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

    This is amazing! Yet another reason not to vote for.......John McCain!! Wasnt he the one that was going to take the high moral ground? Why doesn't anyone bring up the fact that Mr McCain voted against the MLK holiday? I believe that he later stated that he really didn't know the impact the Dr King had on our country. McCain is trying to win by inciting fear of minorities and of religions other than his version of Christianity!!

    April 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. MP-Pennsylvania

    I thought McCain to be little more intelligent than this and was thinking voting him if Hillary is the nominee.

    may be I better stay home in november if Hillary steal the nomination.....

    April 19, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. carol swindell

    How low will this man go?

    April 19, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Ratgurl


    Well, it worked for Bush!

    April 19, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Sam

    Yep, there you have it... If folks thought George W. Bush's swift boating by proxy was despicable, the McCain Camp has taken it to another level. Sadly enough, most of the electorate will fall for it. Politics of fear has always been a successful tactic in garnering votes and mustering political power, lest not us forget what happened to those Powers that got power through that avenue....

    Hitler, Mussolini, the Russian Hackery, George W Bush, and soo much more.

    Their legacy, or lack thereof, goes down in tars and feathers,

    April 19, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. John

    In other news, people whose IQ < 50 overwhelmingly support McCain. Disturbed? You should be...McCain is an absolute disaster waiting to happen.

    April 19, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. J

    This is absolutely absurd that McCain would say something like this. First of all, politics have gotten way out of hand. McCain is using dirty politics to try to get elected over Obama because he is threatened by Obama. Secondly, I am not opposed to having a president that fudamentalists like- maybe they won't attack us. If they like Obama, it is because he is open minded and wants to make peace.

    April 19, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Dan in Atlanta

    John McCain is George W. Bush wrapped up in wrinkles. Anyone who wants eight more years of the disaster we have have in the White House under Bush is out of touch with reality. The whole world, including Hamas, wants America to be rid of the Bush cancer that has eaten away at America's values and strengths. John McCain, authorize no more of this type of campaign smear and politics by fear, we Americans are sick of it.

    April 19, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Leslie

    I think this is what you are talking about Iris...

    April 19, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Ole

    Dear CNN readers: Does anyone really fall for this kind of Rove-ian crap?

    April 19, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. chris

    McCain will never surrender. That's right. He's of the past and will bring us down in his mire of backward thinking, fierce ignorance of the present world, and loyalty to himself.

    April 19, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Kenp

    McCain was and is a giddy cheerleader for the illegal war in Iraq and the debacle that is our current foreign policy. How dare he attack Obama on foreign policy?

    April 19, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Al Ware

    Here we go. It's started already. The McCain camp should be ashamed of such tactics.

    Obama 08

    April 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Pascal Jardine

    What the hell? That must be the lowest attack of all this campaign season. If there's any sense to McCain he'll fire the guy writing that.

    April 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Phoenician

    Bin Laden endorsed Bush for the second term. No wonder: Bush did EVERYTHING that Al Qaeda was hoping for... So will McSame.

    April 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Michael Balaban

    Not surprizing that McCain's people would use this type of ludicrous scare tactic. Since Bush and his warmongers have not been able to settle the Middle East , perhaps it might be a positive that Hamas might respect a new president like Obama, and actually be willing to negotiate to with him and abandon their position to destroy Israel.

    April 19, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Tosh

    Such despicable tactics from McCain's camp further reinfoces my belief that the current republican party is only concerned with propagation fear, isolating our nation, and straining the socio economic disparty that exists in our country.

    The republican party, using fear, has stepped all over hardworking American's backs for the last 8 years and has left the country 10 years behind from where it started. Aided by 300bil+ expenditure in Iraq, destabilizing politics in the middle east, the US economy is facing a combination of high inflation and strong recession. The real value of a 70,000$ family income is probably something like 40,000 7 years ago.

    If McCain really wants to win, he should be sending us a message of how he will be solving these domestic problems.

    And with regards to Hamas favoring Obama. Most states / groups have their own best interests in mind. Having Obama as president will make the world a better place, which is a BIGGER PIE for everyone, both good and bad.

    April 19, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Rashane Kansas

    OBAMA 08

    April 19, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Blake, San Diego

    Things like this are only a sign that Obama's foreign policy stance will have a direct diplomatic affect on nations and organizations in the middle east and beyond.

    The world wants America back as a leader, not a continuation of failed visions and failed policies. This election is bigger than just the United States. I feel there is a lot more on the line here. The world wants Obama and for good reason. Do the right thing in '08.

    April 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Hal Hefner

    Hillbilly views of foreign relations must end now!

    Voting for John McCain is voting for another four years of backwards progress.

    Remember when America used to be the "good guy"?

    So I beg all of you Americans out there who are tired of this country's direction...stand up and so something about it and tell John McCain and his backwards, strong-arm militaristic political views to go back to Arizona and live with the rest of his gun toting friends because this is the 21st Century and "wild west politics" don't fly anymore...not after Bush and his goons have destroyed this country!

    April 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. female grad student, NYC

    Hamas wants Obama... so does the RNC for the General Election.

    Why would Wexler think that McCain would join forces with his Democratic opponent? seems like a pretty naive request, even with the political undertones.

    Why doesn't CNN update it's Superdelegate count? Clinton has 1501 on all the other news sources.

    April 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Jeff H

    Completely disgusting. Fear mongering at its worst.

    April 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. Ian, Maryland

    How long until Hillary makes this one of her talking points?

    April 19, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. J Brown

    And so begins the Republican campaign of "Scare Tactics"...you know, the kind of scare tactics that Karl Rove used on McCain in the 2000 South Carolina primary. Silly Republicans, will you ever change?

    April 19, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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