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. Timothy

    McCain and his hinch men should be ashamed of themselves to imply a vote for Obama is a vote for terriost. I read it as a positive that their is a leader who is willing too sit down and have an open dialogue,something we have hot had from this president or the state department. One sitting at a table does not mean you embrace their views or politics.

    If I remember Jesus sit with his enemies (no, I am certainly not saying Mr. Obama is Jesus) what I am saying if the Son of God can meet with those whom disagreed with him how much more should we who are to shadow after him.

    April 19, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Drew, FL

    McCain = Fear-mongering and obstinate 'stay the course' delusions for another century.

    Obama = Diplomacy and a new way of thinking about the US role in the world.

    Is it crazy to think that the "enemy" might be inclined to try for peace too? Didn't we fight the Germans, Italians, Vietnamese and Japanese? Aren't they our friends now?

    With all due respect to McCain's service to this country, it's time to change the way we do things. I don't feel confidence in a man who mistakes the differences between Shiites and Sunnis. One never knows if he may mistake others as radicals. "Bomb, bomb, bomb! Bomb, bomb Iran!" is not what the people of this country want. Yet, Senator McCain finds it amusing.

    Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Phyllis, Dallas TX

    What the hell has Sen. Obama done or said that makes anyone think that he does not love this country. McCain is using that Repug book that he helped to write.

    Hamas does not run this country and has nothing to do with Sen. Obama. Every other country or leader has a preference in the US election.

    McCain, take your meds try to get the repugs to contribute to your campaign.

    April 19, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. anthony

    Typical fear play to scare people into thinking Obama is a terrorist. I don't know what is more sad, that politicains would lie and create these fears, or the morons that actually eat it up.

    April 19, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. snappy

    Outrageous, shameful and hypocritical on Sen. McCains part. Inferring a sitting US Senator is directly linked to a terror organization as Hamas.

    Very Karl Rove like. Does anybody else find Karl Rove one of the greatest cancers of the American political system?

    April 19, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Kelvin

    This policy of not speaking to terrorist (i.e. Hamas) what happens when they win official elections in their region? Do we continue not negotiating? Hell I'm not sure we should be pushing Israel for a peace agreement haven't they been fighting since biblical times? (Maybe they need an all out fight).

    Also all you Christian fanatics why does all the other religions of the world get along except Islam and Christianity when they both are the children of Abraham? Also the U.S. foreign policy has made hamas stronger, Iraq (Sadam) kept Iran in check, now with this war we destablized the region. Now once again Iran is our problem?

    April 19, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Cain, Dallas, Texas

    Oops! McCain just took a bite of mince meat! Wait unil he is actually the mominee and then watch him eat the whole Obama Pie!
    Obama doioes not have the experience to lead this countrym much less win a general election. V9ote Hillary. she's tougher than a boot!!

    April 19, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. P

    Disgusting tactics to sway people..well, I think if current administration would have taken more efforts to increase diplomactic relationships with countries than to take agressive military action, we would have been in a better position to maintain peace in the world. Wake up people...the war killed over 1000000 Iraqis and over 3000 American soldiers, for what???? I think Obama will set that right, and McCain will just make it worse.

    April 19, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. EJ

    The American people have seen how well John McCain's foreign policy works; they've had it in President Bush the past eight years. We can spend the rest of time refusing to talk or deal with anyone we disagree with, or we can bring in fresh ideas and a new perspective to Washington. It is the Bush policies that have began to erode the power and influence of our nation, and we have a chance to get much of it back in this election.

    Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. No to Billery

    Bush 2. Fear monger!

    April 19, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Big Mike

    Call this a premptive strike. It's funny how they conclude that pulling out of Iraq, is somehow a surrender to islamic extremists, and the fight against terrorism. I guess the Bush policy works right? We're at peace, and Bin Laden is dead, right?

    The fact that we're borrowing money from Asia, to finance this war doesn't bother them either right? And surely the indefinite period in which John Mccain wants to stay in Iraq, won't cost us anything right?

    I could care less that the leader of Hamas favors an Obama election, I care about issues that directly affect the American people, and how the people will prosper again in peace. Trivial things like mentioning that the leader of Hamas likes Obama to be elected, takes attention away from the larger issues that Mccain can't run away from.

    1)An unpopular & costly war
    2)Largest deficits in American history
    3)Teetering economy
    4)Job Loss
    5)Rising gas costs
    6)Devalued dollar

    All a direct result of the Bush administration, which many people see John Mccain continuing. That's what he needs to worry about, not silly unwarranted endorsements from radical groups.

    April 19, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Brian

    Really, McCain is in regular communication with Hamas, huh? I wonder who we should actually be worried about??

    April 19, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Bob B.

    The same old republican party.... Like Forrest said, "Disgusting is as disgusting does."

    April 19, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Kevin, Eau Claire WI

    Of all the rhetoric that's been spewed in this campaign this is among the most disturbing and REPULSIVE I've seen. John McCain needs to be consistent with his message, reject this immediately, and discipline those involved.

    April 19, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Joyce in Florida

    Well this is very scary. I believe former President Carter and Senator Obama are together in this. It is true that Senator Obama has no experience to make correct judgements. That was obvious during the debates. It is still true today; he has no substance and definitely not experienced to run our country. Wake up people. Hillary Clinton is the best choice to run against McCain this November. We supporters of Senator Clinton need to make sure that this happens. Every day we find out more baggage about Senator Obama. He is NOT truthful and is very divisive, condescending, and arrogant. We do not want his type running our country. HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Bob

    Any minute now we'll get Hillary calling him a terrorist-supported elitist and Stephanopolis asking him questions about his relationship with Hamas! Shameful is a gross understatement.

    April 19, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Brittan

    Hmmm, looks like a Carl Rove tactic to me.

    April 19, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Ryan

    Dang that's pretty messed up McCain. Respectful dialog my eye. And he things the 100-year war comments are a stretch?

    April 19, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Maaaan

    Maaaan, it's as ugly as it gets. My white brothers and sisters welcome to the club your getting played, played hard on your idiosyncracys. Bush did it now McCain. You can give to these cronies your support and your money but there pimping your fears and prejudice and making their families super rich while you strugle to pay for that gas.

    You better get smart fast and stop falling for these jokers when they use these agenda words.

    What the hell is a conservative, convervative where, conservative how

    Maaaan stop playing

    April 19, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. bob

    How sad. Can't get away from the same old politics. I don't care what Obama has done – if he doesn't play the same old political tunes he has my vote.

    April 19, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Stan

    Does anybody out there have a clue as to why we've had no terrorist attacks here for 7 years? It's because we've kept the heat on Al Qaeda and left them no time for anything other than self-preservation. If we pull out of Iraq and take the heat off of them, their terrorists will be in the U.S. in six months.

    April 19, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Edith Stafford Arkansas

    Senator McCann is trying every trick in the book to bring Barack Obama down destructively the one who claimed he would not run a negative camapaign. McCann is trying to twist the meaning of Hamas words of praise to Barack Obama into projecting that Hamas is saying those praises because Obama is weak. NOTHING i MEAN NOTHING IS FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. SHAME SHAME ON J McCann and all who is trying to put stumbling blocks before Obama it will not work the vast majority of VOTERS see through it all and so does those who are now getting behind Barack Obama. Obama is a WINNER because as Hamas said he have the right vision and we do too. We the people are calling for a cease and desist on the unfair negativity. we don't care about Chinas flag lapel pins, the bitter issue, what a preacher said we are looking at the person himself none of us is responsible for others actions but our own. What we do care about is who is in the best interest of doing what's best for all the people and the world on what effect our daily way of life. Stop hidding behind the pointing out petty things on other candidates. Tell us real things we really needs to know like who the crook really are,who compensated on NAFTA, the Columbian trade, who committed fraud, give us a better economy, who is willing to make an effort to stop the Iraq civil war in negotiating bring our troops home safetly , who will do something real about the gas prices, who will release US surplus supply gas to relieve us from high gas prices and the list goes on.

    April 19, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. jake

    McCain has obvoiusly taken some of his fear-mongering techniques from the Bush administration.

    April 19, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Sam


    So now, a foreign policy that is agreeable to both us AND our enemies is supposed to be a bad thing?

    Are we so arrogant and stupid, as a country, that we're not gonna stop until all of our enemies are dead? What if we had said to the Japanese "well, your surrender is nice and all, but we'd rather BEAT you first."

    I know this is stretching it a little bit. The situations aren't the same, I know. But the principle is there. It's time for a significant change in our foreign policy from imperial to agreeable and peaceful.

    April 19, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Magoo in 08

    Give me a break Mr. Magoo. Can I get another cup of fear mongering please?

    April 19, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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