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. Desiree

    Didn't Obama say he would meet with our enemies, why the change of tone now?

    April 19, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. NoozeJunkie

    Oh boy, I can't wait...What's next???? Obama is father of alien spawn who want to enslave all Americans.. No, no it's really true..it was in the Weekly World News!!!!

    April 19, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. more bush is not good

    The reputation and standing of the United States throughout the world, especially in the Middle East is terrible. And Mcsame wants to continue the Bush policy.

    It sounds like if elected, Obama will at the very least improve our standing in the world. McSame forgets that this same sentiment of wanting Obama elected is voiced throughout Europe, the Middle East and Canada. He is popular throughout the world. The world is ready for a change also. Obama can bring that change throughot the entire world. The world is ready for the US to take a new path... the path of diplomacy. Actually this fundraising letter is an indictment against Bush and Mcsame, not against Obama. the McCain people might want to retract the letter.

    April 19, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. julie MN

    I forgot to add , the only fear we have is of Obama....

    April 19, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Joe the Troll

    One would hope that the lying and fear-mongering would be rejected by the voters, but that's not reality, is it? I guess the Republicans are going to stay with what worked in the past.

    BTW, I just heard from Cthulu. He's a McCain man.

    April 19, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Margo

    Here we go............so much for playing nice

    April 19, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Concerned American

    McShame is at it, again. It's so boring.

    April 19, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. John - Maryland

    Geeez and he said that he would run a respectable campaign. What a joke form the republicans. Obama is liked around the world and it is only showing that our friends including foes are tired of our policies and want change for world peace..............Please take yourself to a retirement community and stay there.

    April 19, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Conservative

    McCain has to scare people into donating to his campaign. No wonder why he has to take public funds.

    April 19, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. Ayinde

    Yet some "Democrats" would rather cast their votes for McCain if their candidate doesn't win the nomination?


    April 19, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. mama for obama

    McClinton : same old same old, he lives in the old ear, in war times..
    enough is enough............

    who is out of touch??

    he thinks we are that stupid???

    McCain & Clinton one and the same,
    we need economic solutions not political illusions

    April 19, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Not Allah

    Wonder what happened to Mark Penn? McCain hired him! What a load of "crock" this is.

    April 19, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Be Smart Be Wise.

    This is looking like a chess game,its a trick.
    If a group says they endorse u just so as to hurt u and keep the war loving candidiates up.We need to think outside the box. it is not as plain as we see it. This useless Hamas people are trying to manipulate the electorate to vote McSame so that the madness will continue.

    Be Wise....


    April 19, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. look byond

    I guess we can say that the DEVIL himself favors MCCain.

    What senator Mccain is trying to do is confused the American people, and I think that would not fly.

    We already know you John,. You are the guy that will carry over the THIRD TERM of George Bush, and keep us in IRAQ for 100 years, then go to war with IRAN, then go to war with NORTH KOREA, and go to war with any nations that coughs. Then screw up the already screwed up economy.

    Wait a minute, am not ready to eat DUST yet.

    Please America, be aware, don't make the same mistake you made with George Bush.

    I think Americans should brace themselves and be prepared to moved overseas, if that happens.

    April 19, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |


    April 19, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Scott, California

    Two Words: Utterly disgusting. McCain talks a big game about running a civilized campaign but America is quickly learning what the truth is.

    April 19, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. The Pope

    Sounds like McCain is trumpeting war drums again

    April 19, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. AverageJoe

    WOW, reading that campaign email of McCain's is hilarious! It reads like it was written in a spoof article by The Onion. Kudos to CNN to put it in this article to give context to what the McCain campaign is trying to do to smear Obama.

    And once again we are reminded of the fact that just because an extremist group endorses a candidate it doesn't mean the candidate supports the extremist group. I'm sure the KKK would rather McCain win, but does that mean McCain supports the KKK???

    I mean, how stupid does the McCain campaign think America is to try that position?!?

    April 19, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. Bud InTexas

    Here is another flash – "John McCain is a crook. I remember the Keating Five scandal and his on the matk participation in it. His wife is also a thief. Wow – what a wonderful example.

    April 19, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. rjudy

    If I was in a terrorist organization I would vote for Obama too. Look who he keeps company with.

    April 19, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Yeah, and the alQaeda favor McCain, because they know he, like George W. Bush, will make it easy for them to continue obtaining recruits all through the Islamic world. What a complete pile of rubbish! An Obama presidency will be an outstanding boost for our worldwide appeal and in a very positive way-especially in Africa and, yes, even in the Middle East. But here go the Republican McCain, Lieberman, Bush crowd again, trying to distort reality and preach fear. Utterly irresponsible! OBAMA '08 AND '12!!!

    April 19, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. Greg Turner

    So is that Obama's fault that other countries see what we see which is a potential for change. Maybe if we get off of our arrogant/ Elite mind set and start listening to other peoples gripes we can begin to make progress in that region. Starting Illegal wars, namecalling, and ignoring people has not worked. Some of our leaders act like they are children still.

    April 19, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. Vivian

    The Mccain camp must think that Americans will vote against Obama if Hamas wants him to win. Well guess what Mccain, that's probably because Obama has expressed that he would talk to anyone in his efforst to diplomatically bring about peace and change in politics. Of course they'll want him to win. At least he is not planning to keep us in Iraq for a hundred years, like you are, and he is willing to treat people more fairly and not look down at them. Maybe the people who don't like the inequity and unfairness that the Bush administartion has shown in the Middle east are feeling a little hopeful that someone will actually work on bringing peace to the region. instead of sending our military to fight, maybe we'll actually do what many, many administrations have already said they would. I think we are going to see a much more peaceful world after Obama is elected, so get ready to spend some money here at home! we need to get back to the basics, make American $ and spend it here instead of on a war that should not have been. They obviously can see that he is right, we should not have been in Iraq to beign with and even they trust his judgement.

    April 19, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Alex from IL

    Do they think they can once again use the the politics of Fear to scare up some votes?? Do they think they can scare us into submission with their Orwellian tactics? Do they think we want 4 more, or 8 more, or 100 more years of this?

    Not this time.

    April 19, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. Mary - Wisconsin

    What happened to your respectful campaign, Mr. McCain....That was short-lived.

    April 19, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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