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. Kimberly in Texas

    “I believe that Senator Obama has a rare ability to restore America’s credibility and moral authority and to get others to join us in tackling serious global problems that will determine our own well being and security,” – Sam Nunn

    Obama 2008!

    April 19, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Tim Granger

    McCain and the War Party, including Hillary, want nothing more than for the American proplr to again let themselves be bamboozled into another war in the Middle East. In spite of the fact that our armed forces have been so depleted by the invasion and occupation of Iraq, they seem to think that we need to expand the war.

    McCain is a warmonger, and any protestations to the contrary give the lie to his "Straight Talk" cover. Electing him will ensure that America expands a war we cannot win, since we cannot even define what winning means, and will drive our economy into another depression.

    Haven't we had enough of the politics of fear?

    April 19, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Steve, MI

    Contrary to Bush's notion that they are just plain evil, these extremist groups have motivations for their actions. The current policies toward them are counter-productive in the "war on terror". Obama seems to understand that we can't defeat this enemy with military force alone.

    Failure to rebuild Afghanistan the invasion of Iraq have done nothing but provide extremists with new recruits as we turn more and more people against us.

    April 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. coolclimate

    Proof that McCain is a warmonger. If you want the next 5 years to be just like the last 8 then vote for McCain.

    April 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Ratgurl


    Well, it worked for Bush!

    April 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Jennifer

    Do we want to have people to continue to hate us? If so, vote McCain!

    April 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Redphilly

    Right on, Brian from Pittsburgh. Finally someone with some sensible speak on these messages boards.

    April 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Bob

    Hey Sen. McLame. Are Hamas Sunni or Shiite? Yes John there really is a difference. In truth, Hamas probably hopes that McLame gets elected so that he will Nuke their hated Shiite enemy Iran. McLame is painfully unaware of the dynamics of the middle east which will make him more dangerous even than Bush.

    April 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Mary In AL

    McCain – the war-mongering, fear-mongering, elitist , hypocrit with little valules - uuumm–I think I'll go to the voting booth in November and vote for Change.. No-wait I'm sure, I'll go to the booth and vote for Change! Save your money–it ain't working this time.

    Obama 08

    April 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. john

    Bush tactics already?

    April 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Angry

    I don not intend this to be a blog, just a message to CNN. I am enraged and saddened deeply by the actions of the McCain campaign. I hope one of your pundits will editorialize the absolutely disgusting nature of this McCain attack. This sort of fear mongering has no place in the political landscape in this country. Please make this the final slip of McCain. His being held to account for this nonsense should be shouted in all the rooftops of America.

    April 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. jiminky

    Wow this man is just another bush wanabe....Get your kids ready for the draft because that is going to happen with McCain in the Whitehouse..

    April 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Camille, Dallas

    More fear and war mongering from the Republicans. . . Amazing that McCain can't come up with anything more imaginative than "Hamas Would Vote For Obama". It just reeks of desperation.

    April 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. Susan

    Obviously Mr. McCain can't have his TERRIBLE TANTRUM HYSTERICS (The ONE BIG Thing he's noted for but secretly tries to keep hidden!) – right AT Barack Obama – because no one really wants to vote MaCain-THE-War-MONGER into office of President (USA) – so he has put rubbish like this out!

    He should really PUT-IT-OUT into a McCain DUMPSTER!

    What a sorry excuse for a candidate will do to TRY and win an election but he's really turning people OFF!

    April 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Steamboat

    Hey Brian in Pittsburgh...Hamas sure doesn't act like they want peace.

    April 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Roger, Wsconsin

    Good, maybe that way Hamas will get to relax its agression and starts using diplomacy.

    Now I'll now who to vote for, The one who's going to end this unnessesary conflict. Obama!

    April 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Lucy

    Obama is a breath of fresh air with his thoughts to work WITH our world instead of bullying.

    April 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Canadian Neighbour

    McCain, it's time to give 'PEACE' chance !
    Love, Joy, Peace and Unity is what this World needs for all of us to be 'Hopeful' and Prosperous in the 21st Century.

    May God continue to bless America and the rest of the World !

    PEACE is what we need .

    April 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. William Golis

    I support Barack Obama

    April 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. Don Minnesota

    Brian, if you believe Hamas wants peace, you are sadly mistaken. That is an embarrasing statement.

    April 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Stephen

    Yes, Hamas prefers Mr. Obama to the other candidates ... and so does everyone else. So what if our enemies would prefer that we elect someone with common sense, courage, and integrity. I prefer the same thing, and I think anyone should.

    April 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Linda

    April 19, 2008
    Gallup Daily: Clinton 46%, Obama 45%General election races remain tight

    April 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. John, Brooklyn, NY


    Considering the foreign policy of the Republican administration over the past eight years has done nothing but INCREASE Al Queda's recruitment capability and mobility, and has resulted in Iran's surge to dominate the politics of the Middle East region – I'm sure a McCain adminstration would be a welcome sight for the likes of Bin Laden and the Ayatollah!

    April 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. Old-Fart

    McSame wouldn't know Hamas from Hummus.

    April 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Jean

    Amazing what the Republicans will do to push someone else in front of the bus. I used to like McCain......no more.

    April 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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