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. Daniel

    John Mccain is despicable. I've had the unpleasantness of having him and hillary as my senators. Mccain never did anything to improve arizona, he was nearly censured for corruption in the 1980's. All he has is his being a POW. Being a former military man myself, i give props to that, but it can't be the whole issue of a campaign for the most important job on the planet.

    April 19, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |


    April 19, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Christian, Tampa FL

    Why can't the Republicans try to win without attempting to gain votes out of fear? This is terrible.

    April 19, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Mike, Madison

    This is another blatant example of using fear-mongering to scare up votes/funds. I don't see how anyone can vote/donate to this campaign.

    Is it such a bad thing that people across the world like Barack Obama? I think not. If America can cease its divisive foreign policy ideals perhaps we can actually become a moderator in the peacemaking process in the Middle East.

    This is communications 101. If you want to develop a healthy relationship with someone the number one thing you avoid is creating division. Even if you disagree with someone that doesn't mean you have to be disagreeable.

    Vote Democratic in November and let's end the warmongering and politics of fear.

    April 19, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Michael Thompson

    Come on America. Israel is not our friend. They're simply the liberal cash-cow for America's liberals. Hamas is simply the only vehicle that the Palestinian people have to try to establish some sort of semblance of a normal life.

    April 19, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. George

    politically manufacuted distraction. Doesnt he have any domestic issues for his campaign? He sleeps for one week and doesnt find anythig agaisnt Obama and then he goes to Hamas headquarter to ask for some issues. The communist leader Lenin once liked Henry Ford. Therefore, Henry Ford was a communist dictator. CNN do you want such a silly argument for your headlines? Mccain is traveling around to find some issues.Obama is unnecessarily gentle. He has to learn tit for tat tactics

    April 19, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. DEX

    The McCain group is really out of touch with the will of Americans and the Peoples of the world. America lets put the McCain group on a little yellow bus and ship them to a lost island were they can play their little war games.

    April 19, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Shiloh WA


    April 19, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. pc

    McCain is SENILE AND TOOOO OLD!!! He can't think!!!!
    I heard Obama say that he was against Carter meeting with Hamas! Get a life McCain. If you are going to stay in the race you need to wake up those brain cells! Stop trying to trash Obama. IT IS NOT GOING TO WORK!!!


    Obama for President – YES WE CAN!!!

    April 19, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. democrat

    By connecting Obama to Hamas the McCain campaign is hoping to negatively influence voters against Obama in Tuesdays primary.

    April 19, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. WL Lewis

    John McCain does NOT have a MORE WARS policy. And THAT is the real truth! John McCain is NOT a "warmonger". A "warmonger" is a person who "causes wars". And would someone explain just who the "American propir" might be.

    The latest politics of fear "gambit" can be credited to Obama and his supporters who preach about impending doom of our nation's economy so loud and often that they have the less informed believing it! "Gambit"–in chess, a pawn is sacrificed to get an advantage in position; an action intended to gain an advantage.

    Breath of fresh air? No. Just a lot of hot air!! His credentials are paper thin. There will be regrets

    April 19, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Andrew

    If this doesn't show McCain is a war monger I don't know what will. This guy has no intention of bringing peace to any part of the world. Now all we as a nation have to do is convince the south of it. These people vote lapel pins, it's going to be a hard sell considering the kind of minds we are dealing with.

    April 19, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. mike,Iowa

    How is it surrendering when we shouldnt have been there to begin with. You cant win a pointless war and I think the people of Hamas even see our mistakes and for Obama to work toward pulling out would be better for everyone. Bush couldnt do it after 5 long wasteful years so how is McCain going to do it? We cant afford 5, 10, or even "100 more years" of this war and its a shame McCain is willing to continue to waste more money and more lives just because hes to proud to admit we were wrong and we need to get out. Let our country fall apart while we fight to protect someone elses.

    April 19, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. rd

    Do any of you Obama fans who who criticize McCain remember a President by the name of Jimmy Carter? His "peaceful" means of dealing with Iran during the hostage crisis was the inspiration for the generation of terrorists who came to believe that the US government would back down in such instances and not use force. Perhaps Obama was too young at the time to learn the lessons of Carter's failures, which John McCain understands quite clearly. Peace in the Middle East can only be achieved through strength. Do we really want another Jimmy Carter-type foreign policy in dealing with Middle East terrorists, which will do nothing but embolden the those that we now have on the run? Because that's exactly what Obama will do.

    April 19, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. Renee

    I am in agreement Obama is a BREATH OF FRESH AIR . The Repubicans are out we got to hold our ground and don't be fooled and Repubicans we are not that flipping stupid to believe what the Mccain Camp is saying. That why we have the Fact Check.org.

    April 19, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. From Georgia

    Obama's supporters, let me ask you something:

    Do we want our enemies to support our foreign policies?

    If our policies are weak to them, then they will use it against us.

    Why in the world do you want terrorists' supports?

    Oh sure, let's seat down with the enemies so that they know our plan and how to attack us more easily.

    April 19, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Jess

    Radical Islamic terrorists like Hamas feed on perceived weakness. Pandering to them, like President Carter has done, lends them political legitimacy. The way to discredit and defeat them is to isolate them and strengthen those who oppose them. McCain understands this. Obama does not. In a recent poll, Arabs said Hezbollah terrorist leader in Lebanon Nasrallah and Iran's Ahmadinejad were their favorite leaders and Obama their favorite U.S. candidate. The choice is clear - vote McCain.

    April 19, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. JaxnVox

    Just my two cents here: Really don't think any of them are worthy of my vote come November. However my question is a bit more basic, What happened to civility?

    April 19, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Lori

    McCain + FEAR = BUSH
    Obama + HOPE = PRESIDENCY!!!!

    April 19, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Marjorie Helms, Amherst, NY

    So, McCain "will never surrender to Islamic extremists," eh? Isn't this just another form of Republican-speak for "McCain will keep this country at war until every young soldier's life is lost and all of our tax money is gone"? Give me a break, we need a president who can actually lead – not another Bush idealogue who will simply 'stay the course,' regardless of the damage it does to this country!!!

    April 19, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. 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.
    Why is this comment still awaiting moderation?

    April 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Average Republican

    Yeah, McCain's right! We should INVADE AND BOMB Hamas-controlled Gaza, Syria, Iran, Lebanon, and Pakistan.

    Invading and bombing everything and everyone that we don't like has worked out so well for us so far this decade!

    April 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. Peter

    If someone asked you to change, would you be more likely to change if that person was your friend or your enemy?

    April 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Hope

    Well, Mr. McBush ~as John Lennon said ~give peace a chance.

    No wonder the world prefers Obama.

    April 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. Dan

    Way to go CNN for only posting comments from Obama supporters.

    1 out of every 5 posts I submit, get posted. And as of now only 5 people have posted, so obviously you're not getting flooded with posts.

    Or maybe there really are only 5 Obama supporters these days.

    The BHOSE (Barack H. Obama Stock Exchange) is about to crash.

    April 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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