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. carmen

    Politcs of Fear from Teflon John and politics as usual. A wolf in sheep's clothing is our man John. What are we supposed to gather from this that Obama is an Hamas terrorist or friend. I am grateful he served his country, sorry he was captured and suffered, but this alone is not the full measure of the man.

    April 19, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. virginia nielsen

    If this is true it's not a negative !!! The americans need to know the right information about those groups as they are not terrorists groups like AL Quaeda, they are political factions that fight for changes in the Middle East, as the british in the begining of the last century gave those countries away without regarding the political and religions divisions in the area and later on, with the oil factor and the hunger of the western for the"black gold" the region became a nightmare.Hamas and Hezbollah are not terrorists groups and I think that Senator Obama is the only hope for peace in that region as they don't want anymore to deal with the american politics from the old guard ...they want to deal with somebody that's able to listen to them so ,everybody together can work on the Peace process. The american people can not believe anymore in what this government tells them. they need to be aware of what is true not what is convinient because that's why we are is this hole of mudd and nobody like us anymore. GOD BLESS AMERICA !!! OBAMA 2008-2012 !!!

    April 19, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Clinton attacks democartes base

    So we must make our decisions becuase another group wants them in? Terrorist really win when they can change the tone of a preidential race. Would McCain say the same thing if they where for him? or for clinton? If your a American and a patriot you will not let terrorists determine who wins the election. If your decision is based on these groups then America has already lost the war on terrorism.

    April 19, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Ethiopian4Obama

    So basically befriending the “terrorists” and possibly making them change their mind about the US is a bad thing?

    April 19, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Luke

    This is the exact same disgraceful tactics that Bush and Cheney employed for the past eight years – if you don't agree with our policies, you are one of the terrorists.

    How did Bush and Cheney know what Bin Laden and Saddam wanted electorally for America? How did McCain gain the political insights of Hamas? It's completely laughable.

    One thing is clear though – there may be a 1% chance that Hamas prefers Obama, but odds are overwhelmingly greater that America will not go for McCain if he turns out to be Bush II.

    April 19, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Brian, Pittsburgh

    McCain's MORE WARS policy sure won't get international support. Yes, it's hard to believe for McCain, but even the people Hamas would like PEACE.

    April 19, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. oh plssss !

    oh no....what a shame !

    John McCain is trying to scare Americans into voting for him. This is excatly the scare politics that Bush has been doing for the last years.

    It is going to be so hard for McCain to win over Barack that now he has to start scaring people instead of giving us good reasons we should vote for him.

    Anyway, knowing that Bush endorses McCain is already a good reason NEVER to vote for McCain....

    remain focus people, dont let all this lead you to vote for another Bush who will send your kids to a stupid war, cut the founds for children care, send your job overseas and leave only debts to pay to the next generation.

    Hillary or Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Mandi Locke from Maine

    This is just another example of how dishonest politicians try to strike fear in the hearts of Americans for the purpose of votes. Give me a break, John McCain. It is the same reason President Bush has a 20% approval rating. it doesn't work on us any more.

    April 19, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. lollllll

    Mccain just give up....ur political tricks have been used by the bush administration, people know better

    OBAMA 2008

    April 19, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. JimmyBoy

    Of course Hamas supports Obama. Why would they not?

    They certainly are not going to support Hillary or McCain.

    If either of these got to be President, it would be tough tiimes ahead for Hamas.

    April 19, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Allen

    The people of Hamas are only dedicated to war. They have no interest in peace, their foudning treaty declares their mission wont be complete until Israel is destoyed and the world is under Islamic Law.

    April 19, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Allen

    I find it interesting that CNN failed to report the Hamas endorsement, and has yet to report what hamas fully said. Instead they first report it as an atack from John Mccain. Hamas did actually endorse Obama, and said they believe Obama is lying ot the American people in order to get elected.

    April 19, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Jim in Colorado

    Once again, the Republicans appeal to fear to win votes and donations. One of the major failings in American foreign policy over the last several decades has been an unwillingness to consider new directions, to contemplate the possibility of dialog as a way to gain understanding about groups that hold different ideas. As much as some would wish them to go away, Hamas is an important player in the Middle East. They provide schools and jobs for the Palestinian people and were elected in Gaza. Their positions must be understood and factored into any foreign policy decisions made by the U.S.

    As that old Republican icon, Richard Nixon, demonstrated in the '70's with his trips to China and the Soviet Union, change comes once you begin to engage your former enemies. For too long now, America has projected an image not unlike that of Imperial Rome. You must curry the favor and kiss the ring of the President. We need a new direction, one that capitalizes on our generous spirit and our unique blending of cultures. America and Americans were once loved all around the world. We need to lead by example again, not through intimidation and isolation of those who we disagree with.

    April 19, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Ron L

    OK EVERYBODY HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS!!!! Let the DISTORTIONS BEGIN!! You want to know why politics in America SUCKS!!! This is it.

    This is the same fear mongering crap we have gotten from the current adminstration!! AMERICA WAKE UP!! If we really are a strong nation we need to act like one!! If Hamas does prefer Barack it is probably because they know he will aproach the situation in a pragmatic manner instead of the US vs THEM mentality that has the whole world in a mess.

    April 19, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. John Smith

    Hillary and McCain have so much in common it is no small wonder to consider that Hillary grew up as a full-Republican. Hillary is a convert with lots of baggage for the Dems to try to figure out.

    It would be telling to return to the White House;
    1. the first impeached President of the USA (the world is watching us)
    2. the first fady to be endicted by a grand jury

    There is no need to go into all that happened during the Clinton years.

    April 19, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Anjum Buffalo

    It's funny how McCain spins this, that support from a group we have long isolated and antagonized finally sees hope for positive global change from America. McCain is just like Bush, where international acceptance from those outside our group of friends (Britain, Isreal, etc) is a bad thing. Talks to alleviate tension with groups at odds with America is certainly not the right way to go. We should continue to kill their citizens and economy in hope that they realize the right way to live (sarcasm).

    April 19, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Neil

    McCain is nothing but a warmonger.

    April 19, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. CElia Ann in Michigan

    What a nut!!!

    Has he forgotten thta we have good. hardworking Arab Americans in this country!!! He is bating haie just in the worst way. Does he think that not talking to people makes them disappear? All that does is enhance your degree of ignorance.

    April 19, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. a,d,sutton claremont, ca

    PUBLIC OWNERSHIP OF NATURAL RESOURCES PROTECTS USERS FROM PAYING PROFITS ON GAS, LIGHTS WATER, TRASH COLLECTION, ETC. The Catholic Church "vigorously defends against those political systems that seek to replace private with public ownership." (Pg. 1414, Vol, 4, 1968 Catholic Ref, Encyclopedia. The
    CIA (secretly acting "for the U.S. government"'), started illegal wars vs N. Korea, N. Vietnam, Cuba, Nicaragua & Baathist Iraq to end public ownership. Catholic McCain agrees with Bush who now says the U.S. is "defending the Chrirtian population in Iraq."

    April 19, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Chris

    McCain shouldn't fearmonger like this, and since when was it so bad to talk to America's enemies? We need to change our mentality about having our way because it is a lot easier to change someone's mind through friendship and love rather than hate and standoffishness. That's what Jesus did! 🙂

    April 19, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Nils

    I would like to see Senator McCain revert to his pledge to run a campaign we can all be proud of. This fundraising email certainly doesn't live up to that. Add this to the poor "debate" a few days ago between Senators Clinton and Obama and is it any wonder that people are turned off by politics. Doesn't anyone working at the campaigns for these Senators get it?

    April 19, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. RPP

    Its a shame that McCain's campain is back to the 'scare' tactics. Yes, send MONEY and vote for McCain if you want to keep at war for the 100 years to come!! Vote for Obama if you believe in mankind and peace and want to change our image to the rest of the world.

    April 19, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Grif

    I don't believe John wan't War, anymore than anyone else. But, you have to Understand how a War is Fought, to understand a Peaceful Resolution.. He's the ony one talking about this.....

    April 19, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Valrie Sommerville

    I strongly agree with this statement made by theMcCain Camp. I hope all the Democrat Superdelegates read this information before they make him their nominee. He Obama also has strong ties to the former Iraqi gov't. And obama has publicly stated he wants to meet witht Irans dictator. I am a democrat that will swing hard to McCain and will campaign for him in Ohio if Hillary is not the nominee. I don't trust this man.I believe he has a secret agenda to harm America and I will not stand by and just vote for him because I am registered as a Democrat. Wise up Howard Dean, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy. You all have played a devious man as your puppet and you will pay dearly if you don't wisen up. At least make yourselves look fair by counting Florida and Michigan as the votes were cast. The President of the US made statements about other countries stifeling the vote and how wrong it is. But here in America have the party leaders become so eager to keep Hillary out of the office as the First Woman President that they would disenfrancise over 1.7 million voters? It sounds like a private agengda- Us three big guys couldn't get to the Big House how dare a woman!!! Lets put a black man in office- who would think to believe we fixed this election the public will blame all out comeson race. Well I got news for everyone I have been doing my research and I am think the Democratic party has become pathetic. Those 3 men, Dean, Kennedy and Kerry have served this country a strong disservice.

    April 19, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Beartrack

    These comments by McBush's people are simply disgraceful. How low can these people go in this campaign. McCain should be ashamed of this and of himself for allowing this to be put out there. He has lost any respect we may have had for him.

    April 19, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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