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. TC

    Everyone is open to change and a peaceful world.

    American's only know what the federal government and media feed them. There is so much more American's don't know.

    So, if one man wants to bring peace and change to a world on the brink of widespread disorder ... then so be it. Communication is the key to any relationship moving forward with change.

    I want to live in a world that is safe, peaceful, and radiates equal legitimate opportunity for all.

    I am proud to an American and just as proud to support Senator Obama and his run for the white house.

    April 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Susan

    This is a non-issue...no matter what Hamas wants, Obama has already labeled them a terroist organization, this is a vain attempt to smear Obama....
    Obama has denounced Carter meeting with Hamas...
    and Obama-not having judgment is laughable Mr. McCain !!!
    You sir plan on contiuning a war that should have never been fought to begin with...you are promoting a war and ignoring the real enemy , that wasn't in Iraq to begin with...so get a clue McCain....
    You talk about surrender...BS Mr. McCain...how long would you have us go for the sake of a so called victory...you would take us to the gates of hell...and this American sure doesn't want to go there....Mr. McCain...why don't you go retire with Bush to Shady Glen
    God Bless President Barack Obama

    April 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Joe B.

    Didn't think it could happen but old man McCain is lower than Bush!

    April 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Ash

    He's saying that so people will vote for Hillary and then he can beat her. Does he think that people will actually believe that? Please...

    April 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Robert

    McCain may definately get the votes of those that are stupid and ignorant; However he'll loose this election becouse most of us are fed up with Republican Party's distraction from real issues facing American people. Maybe you should go and film another season of "Dum & Dumer" with your mentor "W".

    April 19, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. Jack - Miami

    John – win some – lose some. McCain just lost my support. This is the kind of garbage that HRC and Bush are known for. Fear-mongering – nice touch, McCain.

    You have lost my family's votes.

    Disappointing as you should know Americans are tired of this "live in fear" agenda.

    April 19, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Jan

    I hear they like our movies and KFC. Thanks for playing but I'm not buying. American make their own choices.

    April 19, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Jon Bakos

    Really, what good is having enemies if they don't bitterly hate you? Just think of what would happen if we were willing to talk to them like human beings. Some of them might not even want to kill us anymore! But then, we wouldn't get to kill them, or blame problems/weather events/our own incompetence on them.

    No, the answer is clearly to have at least one group that we can cut talks with, not negotiate with, and demonize via political rhetoric. You need someone to compare your opponent to besides Hitler, after all!

    April 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Paula

    GET REAL !!! Have you not learned ANYTHING from the way the Clinton people have been trash talking???? I SINCERELY HOPE you will continue the tactics of mudslinging. This will be such a one sided victory for Barack. Good Bye Republicans -–

    April 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. matt

    The republicans have the edge when it comes to Obama, just like they did on John Kerry.

    They wont have the edge on Hillary.

    Ps. typical white person #33461

    Hillary or Mccain 08

    April 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. Mark

    OMG, that's a total joke!

    The saddest thing is: They would not send out something like that if there were not some people stupid enough to really see that as an argument 🙁

    April 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Johnny K

    What a bunch of Bull from the 15 trillion dollar man MCCBUSH

    April 19, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. steve ray

    Reality is that the whole world whatever their politics or religion prefers Obama. They know that Hilary Clinton can't be trusted and that John McCain though he may do it differently has a quicker hair trigger than Georgie, boy President, even quicker then the King of Evil Dick Cheney.

    April 19, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. David

    Let's see how long it'll take Billary's campaign to repeat that same line. Great job, McBush!

    April 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Leo

    Saying that the Hamas supports Mr. Obama is like saying the KKK Supports Mr. McCain. It should not have any relevance! Mr. McCain's campaign ought to be ashame of themselves and this stunt is definitely going to back-fire on them!

    April 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. White, Female Boomer for Obama

    So McCain would continue the Bush failed policy by trying to marginalize other countries and not trying diplomacy. Same old tired Washington policies which have not worked. When has Obama said he would yeild to "Islamic extremeist".

    Better to bomb, bomb Iran....

    Have you noticed the McClintons don't wear flag pins?? Wonder which one will be the first to sport one!

    April 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Bill, Covington

    Hamas wants the obama to win election. Surprise, surprise, no doubt Jeemee(former terrorist pick president) Carter is over there as I write pushing the obama program and collecting money for his run in the general election. People like Carter, Clinton and now the obama always find foreign cash for their needs.They also find trash for friends. FDR, great friends with Stalin, then we threw away Wan Batista in favor of Castro, now there was a great exchange, then along came Carter and threw away the Shah of Iran to get in bed with Hamas, another smart move. Now we have the obama, where will this creep take us? Wake up America.

    April 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. I hate dirty Politics

    John McCain please for the sake of the country and its great political system do not start the negative campaign. Who cares if Hamas loves Obama? As long as Obama doesn't love them back. I think you and your campain are not smart enogh to understand this. Your campaign is scared of Obama, but try to challenge it with issues we reall care about.

    Obama Nation '08, 2012

    April 19, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. JImi

    . . . and Osama Bin Laden favors McCain.

    April 19, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Phil

    I love it that John McCain believes what Hamas says about Obama. He's so savvy on foreign policy issues. Maybe he'll believe whatever Hamas says when he's president ... take Hamas at it's word. Is that what a John McCain foreign policy would look like? Isn't it more likely that Hamas would talk up the one candidate they actually don't want in charge of foreign policy, knowing that the other stupid candidates would spread the word? Or is it just me.

    April 19, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Dick / NH

    Hey, Mac,

    The WORLD knows that Barack is for change...the kind of change that will repair the ill will folks like you and Bush want to continue. You are such a phony....imagine....having adulterous affairs and then DUMPING your faithful wife, Carol....how can you call yourself a man of "values", when you conveniently forgot "for better or for worse"....you advocate sending MORE of our troops to their NEEDLESS deaths with a continuation of an evil, unlawful war in Iraq....Barack stands for America's wish to bring our troops HOME alive, not in coffins, or maimed for life!! You are the war monger we will defeat in November!!!
    Then we won't haave to put up with your little smirks, exactly like the ones of your hero, Cheney. Good riddance!!!
    Guess you can't count on this vote from NH....and there are many more who feel tthe same way!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Michael Guinn , Ventura, CA

    The Civil campaign of McSame didn't last long!!! But that's ok- we have been shown that the more negative the blows- the better Barack Obama does–Bring it on!

    April 19, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Mel

    If Hamas doesn't support one of our presidential candidate, how can we ask the people in Hamas to stop killing Israeli!

    I believe Obama is THE one and Jewish group will want to work with Obama.

    Then we will see new peace!

    April 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. John from Las Vegas

    Yeah of course they want Obama, we ALL want Obama....because "war monger" McCain will want to bomb the crap out of Hamas (and Iran too).

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how bad THAT will turn out.

    It's interesting to me that they (Republicans) are trying to spin this as a bad thing! It's no doubt an act of desperation, because McCain would much rather face Hillary in the general then Obama. And it looks like he'll be facing the only true anti-war canidate. With a clear majority (70%) of the country favoring an end to the war, it's going to come down to an easy choice in November.

    OBAMA '08.....PEACE '09

    April 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Wendy NYC

    Absolutely shocking how Senator McCain cannot see beyond the tip of his nose.
    The policies of the current administration has not brought PEACE in the Middle East. They asked for elections in Palestine and Hamas won!

    So now they call them a terrorist organization and refuse to negotiate with them. They keep changing the bar so that they can keep the War Machinery in full swing and spend American taxpayer dollars with no accountability.
    Would McCain like to investigate the waste, fraud and abuse of the money sent to Iraq under the Emergency unfunded funding for the Iraq War.
    The NY Times already discovered a $300 million dollar contract given to a 22 year old in Florida – not sure how many more like that are there? So CNN you have a duty as a member of the media to figure out where are our tax dollars going? Do you not?
    Obama is not responsible for who endorses him!
    And surely Hamas and Hezbollah and Iran are countries that need to be talked to – they were not responsible for 9/11 – our so-called ally Saudi Arabia definitely was. No one is bringing them to the mat – well the ol' Bush Oil connection isn't it?

    April 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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