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. Alex

    What else has to happen to American economy and people for McCain to understand the damage the war policy he supported is doing? Does he still think that Americans will be fooled by the fear Bush and Cheney orchestrated? Shame on you! Instead of using fear as a strategy using hope like Obama and work with everybody in the world to make the planet a safe place for all. No single nation owns the planet. We just have to learn on how to live peacefully together. We do not have to agree on everything but we have to respect human rights and respect each other then there is no need for war.

    April 19, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. William Golis

    I support Barack Obama.

    April 19, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. zach

    Grandpa Mc Nasty....

    Just get lost

    April 19, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Robert McCutcheon

    Vote McCrazy '08 or the terrorists win.

    April 19, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. 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 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Foreign Observer

    The tactics of instilling fears into the hearts of Americans and the free thinking citizens of the larger world has outlived its usefullness,John McBush has got to go shopping elsewhere.It's a pity!

    April 19, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Jorge

    Consider this: Obama's policy of NOT invading countries that do not pose a clear and present danger is likely what Hamas and other radicalistic Islamic movements DO NOT want, thus they endorse Obama knowing the, sorry to say, skewed politics of America will use that against Obama in favor of McCain and his "Bush policies", ultimately creating more international anti-American sentiment and fueling the ranks of radicalistic Islam. Yes, that's correct, they know of our politics, just like they know of american television news networks like CNN and listen for the next big 'surge' to hide from. Please, for future generations, don't be so naive; the Information Age is global, not local.

    April 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Angry

    This is the most outrageous fear mongering nonsense! I am so angry at this the only thing I can say is that I hope that man blows an embolism in his brain, and soon. Anyone who listens to this dribble is and takes it seriously is responsible for allowing terrorists to have a say in our elections. I don't care who Hamas likes. I care who is going to do the job. McCain is just outright disgusting for this! This makes everything Hillary has done pale in comparison. McCain ought to be ashamed of himself, and if he's not I ......AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!. I am so mad.

    April 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Kimberly in Texas

    Why is this posted twice or at all?

    April 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Jacob Kasperowicz from Montreal

    This goes beyond "fear mongering" and has introduced a new low in the American campaign sparring tradition. Senator McCain is demonstrating that he needs to court the far right with the mantra that has given the current administration two terms. It is evident that Senator McCain, like his Democratic competitors, wants Americans to continue to "duck and cover" so they do not see these candidates have no real solutions for America's internal problems.

    April 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. elana

    did you ever stop to think it would be a GOOD thing if the people of the world RESPECTS our president. I am jewish and I HATE Hamas but maybe if everyone can at least TRY to work things out we will have some improvement in the world. The lack of intellegence and thoughfulness about these things is truly horrifying. Talk about the politics of fear-

    April 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. John--Springfield, Va

    Gee, trying to talk to people instead of just threatening them or bombing them. What a novel concept.

    April 19, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Josh

    Obama should send out a mailer that Adolf Hitler would have supported McCain.

    April 19, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Bitter in CA


    he is a warmonger and doesnt deserve the presidency....

    OBAMA 08

    April 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. allen Sutton

    WOW! So much for not being negative MR. MCCAIN!

    April 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. pablo

    Fear mongering ...... hmmm, wonder where I have seen this before.

    Thought the Bush playbook may have been faded by now. Four more years of McSame would be sad for our country.

    April 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. John Smith

    It is important to note that Hillary and McCain have so much in common. No surprises in that Hillary grew up as Republican. She is a converted Democrat (like Obama being a convert to religion). She comes to the democratic party with lots of baggage. She fights like a Republican! So, the democrats do not know what to do with Hillary (as a monster cut loose in the party) as she violates all party rules!!

    April 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Cathy

    Enemies should be held closer than friends-and maybe sometimes it takes laying down arms and talking to resolve issues. No one–no matter which side want their own people to suffer.

    April 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Eileen from Portland, Maine

    McCain uses info they picked up from a tabloid ?
    Hope that isn't how he would gather intelligence as president. Good Grief, McCain's got me worried now.

    April 19, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Walt

    Welcome to the "Straight Talk" above board honorable campaign of John McCain. So much for that.
    The swift boating won't work this time. Swift boating got us 4000+ dead in Iraq, bank failures, 1/2 TRILLION dollar deficit, Home foreclosures, gas at $4.00/gal, oil prices at $116/barrel and no health care plan.
    Not this time.

    April 19, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Alex

    And now the Republican fear machine starts up again. Disguisting.

    April 19, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Former Repulsive-can

    Sounds alot like Bush's old slogan used in 2004, "If you ain't with us, you're with the terrorists." Good try Cotton Hill!! LOL! That's who MCain looks like, Cotton Hill. That's rich.

    April 19, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. David

    More propaganda. They imply Obama is cahoots with the enemy, then ask for your money. And these guys want to run our country. Unbelievable.

    April 19, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Steve

    Mc Bush , bomb,bomb bomb policies are not progressive for the American people and the world. Our image in the world is at 0%. He needs to step back and continue to represent his state. He cant be my President.

    April 19, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. jim in pennsylvania

    The Republicana are really getting nervous.. They know they cant beat Barack Obama–
    The Republicans want the untrustworthy Clinton to win so they can beat her for sure
    They know they cant compete with a real man with a real plan
    Barack Obama go get McSame

    April 19, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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