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. Rickymo

    This is exactly the type of President we don't need anymore. Haven't we have had enough fear mongering for 8 years...shame on Mc Cain. I thought he had more integrity than this...

    April 19, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Amy

    THIS is why we need change like Obama! As I recall, McCain had some very questionable actions in the 80's (Keating Five) that led to the rich getting richer and the rest of us being left paying THEIR bills.

    And was it not Mr. McCain himself who accused Falwell's comments right after 9-11 of being disgraceful and yet only recently said, no Falwell's comments were not that bad?

    I don't know about the rest of this country, but I'm sick of the bullying, holier than the rest of the world attitude our government has taken over the last 30 years. How can we hope for peace when our elected 'leaders' won't even talk to people they don't like? You're not on a school playground, folks, you're supposed to be leading out nation and that means putting aside personal opinions and talking to those you may not like!

    Thankfully it seems we, the voters, are far more intelligent than many politicians have given us credit for over the years and finally we can prove that.

    Why do McCain and HIllary hate Obama so much? Because he represents change that would take away their power and destroy their egos!

    April 19, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. A4Obama

    These are the same idiots who think Bush is the world's best leader? Wow, how can one party be dominated by such iditos? Where are the "intelligent republicans"..or is that just another oxymoron?

    April 19, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Steve P. , Atlanta GA

    The problem with American politics is that there are too many skirt-wearing men and babies adorned in suits and ties involved. When will the strain that has dominated the political landscape grow up? The best things that can happen is for the nation to elect a real leader who can convinced the rest of the world we are willing to listen and talk to them. This idiotic approach of marginalizing those whom we don't see eye-to-eye with has produced no dividends. The last thing we need is for the likes of a grumpy 72-year-old sitting at the helm at this crucial juncture in our nations history.

    April 19, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Jocelyne Allard

    But Hamas might say differently now that Obama has confirmed he would not meet with them, as they are not a government, but a terrorist group... Maybe they will go for McCain?

    April 19, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. diddy

    I honestly can't believe Americans are basically tearing down all attempts to make peace with Hamas. They criticize Jimmy Carter for wanting to meet with Hamas to talk peace. They criticize Obama for their ALLEGED comments about his foriegn policy.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE. This battle with terrorism is not going to be won with bullets and tanks. We need a true diplomatic solution, a solution Obama has been pushing since day 1 of his campaign.

    Hasn't the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us anything?

    April 19, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Olga in Knoxville, TN

    Looks like the Republicans have decided that Obama will be the easier Democrat to beat in the fall and are focusing their attacks on him. They know he can’t take the heat of these kinds of attacks. They know that he’ll just whine about them and call them irrelevant (looking arrogant every time he does it). They know that he will look annoyed when reporters ask him about them again and again. They’ll cast him as the elitist candidate of bitterness and anti-Americanism and they will defeat him in November.

    Hillary ’08

    April 19, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. A4Obama

    These are the same idiots who think Bush is the world's best leader? Wow, how can one party be dominated by such idiots? Where are the "intelligent republicans"..or is that just another oxymoron?

    April 19, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Kim Ohio

    So because Hamas had something positive to say about Obama the American people should take that opinion to heart and vote for him? I couldn't give a rats behind what their position or opinion is because I have my own and I would hope the rest of America does too.

    April 19, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Austin

    Finally! Something everyone on this planet can stand behind. We all hate John McCain! Obama '08, it's time to repair this world.

    April 19, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. kevin from alaska

    Why did the Clinton News Network post this twice?

    April 19, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Independent

    So much for respectable campaign. You just lost my vore Sen. McCain.
    Your campaign should be ashamed of itself. This is propaganda and fear tactics. How much are you paying karl Rove for this kind of disgusting toilwet paper? GO OBAMA O8

    April 19, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Dan, TX

    Is there anyone who doesn't favor Obama? I don't get the point.

    April 19, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Carl

    It's not just Hamas that wants him elected. Many of us want someone who is big enough and brave enough to sit down with the enemy. Nixon went to China remember? The US always had a relationship with the Soviets, whom Reagan called the "evil empire".
    Seems like we need some bravery back in the Whitehouse. The current administration has let terrorists know that we are afraid to carry water bottles and nail clippers on airplanes, that we are afraid of shoes and scissors and nipple rings! They also seem to be scared of Hamas it would seem. A President is a representative, and people want that representative to solve problems and bring peace. If that means talking to people you are angry with then so be it. If married people can manage this task, surely McCain can?

    April 19, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. JfromNC

    one nation under god!!!! wrote "I think the legal voting age should be raised to 25.The immaturity of the obama supporters on here smacks of spoiled college brats.Talk to me about obama when youve been in the real world kiddies."

    So you think it's OK for 18 to 25 year olds to die serving our country in the military, but not OK them to vote! Are you kidding me!

    April 19, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Rick

    This is just plain stupid.

    April 19, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Che-3


    April 19, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Michael, Canada

    McCain is a fearmonger. His intent is to try to scare Americans, much like Bush scared Americans, by trying to tie Obama with Hamas. Americans fell for it in 04 when they re-elected Bush. I sincerely hope they won't fall for it again.

    April 19, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Daniel Packman

    It is sad that Senator McCain thinks the opinions of Hamas should be relevant to American voters. It is naive of him to think that their published views are to be taken at face value.

    April 19, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. TIM

    This psychological terrorism being played out in america by republicans needs to stop. This is the same sort of thing that George W. bush did. Anyway, who says talking with your enemies is a bad thing? maybe you could work out a peaceful solution to your problems instead of having over 4000 Americans getting killed.

    April 19, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Ziggy

    Bush supported democratic elections that helped Hamas gain power in Palestine. That's another bad judgement from the Republicans. Did McCain know that? Hamas wants peace as much as Israel wants peace in the region. If Obama's foreign policy can bring lasting peace in the middle East (not hundred years of war like McCain wants it) who wouldn't go for it. Even a terrosist group can be tired of killing. It just shows that Obama is the right person to restore America's credibility and respect in the world. We have been waging wars and invading countries for decades, all it brought us is terrosist attacks on our soil. When are we going to understand that it's time for change, change for another type of foreeign policy based on dialogue, not "Cowboy Diplomacy".

    April 19, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Ray

    McCain is disgusting. His campaign has no shame. He is taking to the kind of fear mongering that has gotten this country in the Iraq mess.

    April 19, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Shon

    Is McCain insinuating that Barack Obama is a terrorist????

    Why doesn't he just come out and ask him directly if he is working with al Qaeda to overthrow the free world!?



    April 19, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Dan J

    Hmmm Carter meets with Hamas. Hamas, our mortal enemy, meets with Obama. Carter is seen as anti-Israel, as is Hamas. Hamas doesn't endorse somebody unless they know its to their advantage. I'm not liking the connections.

    April 19, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. bret SEA/WA

    War Mongerers!!!

    April 19, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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