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. Gregory

    This is the kind of crap we don't need during theses times. McCain is a joke and will loose in the general election........people are now 'hip' to these stupid tactics. what a waste of time and energy.

    April 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. CMM

    Shame on McSame and his backers, his policy will leave in in Iraq for 100 yrs and will only end up bankrupting the country, leaving was with a weak military, and surrender us on a silver platter to the very Hamas.

    April 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. frank

    I believe the rest of the free world also wants Obama to win...

    Then the USA can concentrate on finding Bin Laden. Remember him? The one responsible for 9-1-1...

    April 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Essie Hamadani

    Is this what we really have come to? Parsing words, 2 minute blurbs from random people saying crap that has nothing to do with the realities we are facing. Did you know one of Hitler's chief propagandists said he liked FDR's New Deal, since it changed the attitudes of Americans so swiftly after the Great Depression. Do I care? No. Does it matter? Not really.

    Go ahead,print this crap McCain. Go ahead print more superfluous news and disinformation, and whatever clever tricks either parties or candidates have...the reality of our current situation probably wont change . America needs people of good faith and meaningful substance to change the road we are going down...not more of the same. Divide and conquer a country already going down a bad dead end, is that their motto?

    April 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Mustafa Noor

    I'd like to ask Mr. McCain this question "Senator, did you win the last war you fought in???".

    April 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    McCain is jealous because President Carter out shine the Republican. At least we do know that other countries know that Obama is the right man to lead this country. Take note America this is a change. And as far as the November Convention, don't worry but be happy Obama will get the election.Obama 08

    April 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Cyndi

    Is McCain and his clumsy campaign managers that scared of Obama and his ability to raise millions, they have to send such repulsive scare tactics to help their dwindling fundraising capacity?

    Shame on McCain, guess we know why Rove was helping him since March.

    April 19, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Carmen

    Go Obama go Obama. Atleast other countries can see that this man has the power to unite America for a change.

    Obama 08

    April 19, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Terri Tallman

    What a new low in politics. We can either elect someone who will continue the politics as usual of fearmongering or we can elect someone who will not stoop so low as to say the American people are too dumb to know the difference between political sensationalism and the truth. John McCain has lost my respect. Shame on him.

    April 19, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Santosh-Phila

    Of course hamas would like Obama. He's an appeaser just like President Carter.

    Sen. McCain is like President Bush and Presiden Reagan-bad news for terrorists!!

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

    Utter stupidity. Jimmy Carter has done more for peace and security in the world than McCain has ever done or ever will do, given his policy stances. The names of the leaders who throughout history shunned dialogue with their opponents – especially when they thought they could beat them militarily – are not names that America should be putting their hats in with: Hitler, Stalin, Napoleon.
    All of the presidential candidates need to wake up and realize that there are is a middle ground between blind support for one side and total capitulation to the other. We're going to find that with words, not bombs.

    April 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Beth

    Just one more comment. I went back and looked at the World Net Daily. A couple of years ago, they published an article that soy milk makes you gay. The things I learn from these folks.

    April 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Brad in Minnesota

    The fear drums are starting. So be afraid, be very afraid.

    April 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Lynn , Georgia

    Time for someone to talk about the " real problems" of Obama's campaign. I salute your wisdom and fortitude sir.

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

    OH NOOO!!! Let all the uneducated be scared.... hurry!!! go run to foxnoise people skew the facts

    April 19, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Vincent Kneefel

    Personally I do not see the disadvantage that Hamas is willing to speak to Obama, since this would mean Obama is the perfect person to begin Middle East peace talks. McCain is positioning himself with this message as someone who does not seek any dialogue and prefers to just eliminate all 'terrorists' (Hamas is elected by the people of Palistine). With another 8 years of McBush policy this world will turn into an even darker period than we are already in...

    April 19, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Ed

    Shameful comments from a from the bench of old Washington politics. Keep it up McCain, it will only help your demise at the election polls.

    April 19, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Ed Mears

    Whether it is his name or the fact he is running against McBush, who cares what Hamas says? Hamas cannot possibly grasp our elections system and whether they like, dislike, support or oppose any candidate for President could not possibly be more irrelevant.

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

    This article is as good as me getting the campaign letter personally. I'm writing my check and sending it in immediately.

    McCain in 2008 . . . Experience you can trust.

    Clinton / Obama 2008 Experience you can't trust and No experience.

    April 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Wendy NYC

    Oh and by the way – when are you going to bring up the whole Guantanamo Bay and torture issue? Who authorized and approved it and whether it was within the laws of the Constitution of the United States or not?
    Is the Cable News Network playing a role in making sure our rights are not being abused – or does that take too much money and effort?
    Well do not call yourself a news organization just call yourself what you are – an entertainment company with some snippets of information that you put out there at the least amount of cost so that it is only responsible to the shareholder and not the stakeholders of the company!

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

    Shameful comments from a player on the bench of old Washington politics. Keep it up McCain, it will only help your demise at the election polls.

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

    maybe he could talk to them about the inequalities in Palestine, it may be more effective then the currently employeed tactics of killing one another?

    April 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. reflective

    so let me get this right...senator mccain's camp is upset that the hamas thinks that obama's foreign policy makes sense to foreigners like hamas....i repeat...obama's foreign policy makes sense to the people that it will affect. apparently obama is experienced enough in history and culture to make decisions that appeal to the common sense of other cultures. i am in no way condoning hamas, but when you can appeal to the radical to think there's an alternative to fighting then you have a powerful new way to do things.

    sure brute force can win a battle but cunning and leadership will win the war. we need to not just change the way we do things we need to elevate the playing field by using our heads and not just our military. do we honestly want a man who almost flunked out of the Naval Academy to be our President? if that's the criteria we want for our leaders then we are in real trouble. it's like george w. all over again...

    April 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. A CANUCK

    Obviously McCain thinks this is a bad thing.........but in reality it is a good thing if other cultures in the rest of the world look on America as open minded and less warrior-like.

    April 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Barbara Haynes

    John Mc Cain needs to crawl back under the rock he crawled out from under. Further-more, he needs to whiten those yellow teeth! I'm sure the Savings and loans would like to see him elected, that crook!

    April 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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