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. vince - phoenix





    April 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Florida voter

    This just reinforces what I believe about Obama. He is the only candidate that can ameliorate how the world sees america. Mccain wants to make this a negative...honestly, I choose to see it as a positive.

    The more countries approve of Obama the better!

    Obama 2008!!

    April 19, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. MD For Obama

    Which would you rather have the support of, Hamas or George W?

    April 19, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Deema

    McCain, try not to be so obvious with your scaremongering. You're starting to seem desperate.

    April 19, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. Sharon, Seattle

    Fear and division are the Republican dog whistles. Senator McCain? We're the "deciders" now.

    April 19, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Pablo

    McCain...keep on hating and war-mongering. Keep trying to get those fears up again like Bush. Get your "Swift-Boat" group together....may as well, you're following the same track Bush laid out before you. Pathetic and sad.

    April 19, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. PA for Obama

    McCain, It's not working. I hope people are smarter than that. People will know that you're trying to get people to vote for you out of fear, similar to Clinton.

    PA for Obama!!!!

    April 19, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Danh nguyen

    If Mccain is elected, there would be no change for the better, only change for the worse. We do need to sit down and have a dialogue with even our enemies. This is to show the world that the USA is the peace loving nation. This makes our country safer and better. Obama is the right choice for our nation at this critical time.

    April 19, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. ariel

    Mc Cain's pledge of a civilized campaign was a charade. Like the Republican concern for everyday Americans.
    Obama/Rendell 08

    April 19, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Eric, San Diego

    Also, congratulations to Jimmy Carter for what he is doing. What is Bush going to do when he gets out of office??? Be more destructive than he already is?

    Barack Obama is going to be the best president of our lifetime. Go away McCain, we are sick of your fear-mongering and war-mongering! I am sick of people dying for no reason other than lack of understanding and unwillingness to work towards peace.

    Obama/Edwards '08

    April 19, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. James in Oregon

    McCain doesn't have nothing of substance to run on , so the old boy tries to dream up these wild ideas that just show what a joke he is as a Candidate.

    April 19, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. Gilberto Gil

    This is why Karl Rove is his adviser...nonsense like this. I guess the name John McBush is appropriate.

    April 19, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Andrew

    I can't believe folks are actually supporting Hamas on this one. Hamas is a terrorist organization. Whichever candidate they support is the one we should not elect.

    April 19, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. mjaber

    Mccain is trying to use fear tactics on Obama, because he can't come up with anything else to say. And what's wrong about Hamas anyway. they just want their land back. Wouldn't you?

    April 19, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Barb

    John McCain is a fool to use this kind of angle to promote his campaign and try to raise money off of it. If people respond to him, they ought to be ashamed of themselves. There are people all over the world, some are our friends, some are our enemies, and others could go either way. But they are are probably all united in agreement that the policies of the United States government for the past eight years are a failure, they are bad policies and they don't work. If that means some guy from Hamas and the prime Minister of France agree on something, so be it. We don't need for more years of Bush policies. And that is exactly what McCain offers. He should be ashamed of himself. He has redefined pandering.

    April 19, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Will

    How would McCain campaign know? They refuse to talk to terrorists which include other Middle Eastern countries and the 70% of people who dissaprove of the Bush administration.

    April 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. An Agnostic Democrat

    Grandpa McSame better go back to the school of politics and learn some new lessons about the politics of fear and truth-twisting (and while he's there – brush up on his economics). The reality is that there is more widespread terrorism and increases in the ranks of Al Qaeda – (and he doesn't even know who or where they are unless Lieberman is around to remind him) – since he and all his Bush/Cheney cronies invaded Iraq than before 9/11.

    'Splain that Mr. Straight Talk Express with no wheels or gas to go on. I think they would prefer the rusty old tool of a senator, McCain, in office so they can continue to use our presence as a continuous recruting tool.

    April 19, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. bernj

    Will it be this boring until November? The repubs, neocons and other right wing nuts are will not be applauded by anyone. Maybe Obama can do with common sense what these warmongering idiots can't seem to resolve.

    April 19, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. Ross in MD

    John McCain is fully transformed into Bush. Maybe McBush should just start saying 9/11 all the time.

    Q: 4,000 Americans died in Iraq – when will you end the war?
    McCain: 9/11. I don't know what year....

    April 19, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Disinfranchised in Florida

    Senator McCain is an honorable patriot: and McCain, who has served his country honorably, would do the citizens a great favor to report on Obama. I have the audacity to hope that McCain will help vett Senator Obama before the convention so that Democrats can see that it could be that the change that Obama seeks is not change that this country could withstand. I am afraid of Senator Obama's change. The DNC has practically annointed him the candidate and that also makes me afraid.

    I am very afraid.

    April 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |




    We are now strongly for Obama. Clinton lost our vote with all the lies and negative campaigning.

    April 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Ben Gabson

    This is beneath you Mr. McCain. IO thought you wanted to conduct a dignified campaign. You are not any better than Carl Rove and the Bushes of your party. How dare you!
    You are proving yourself to be a war monger.

    April 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. Mariann Pepitone

    Obama must really be desperate to use the air waves. His campaign manager advised him that he has to win a battleground state which he never has. The people of those states did not want him that's why he lost. And they probably won't want him in a general election either. But Hillary can win the battleground states in a general election plus beat McCain. I am willingto bet Obama would lose to McCain because in a debate he can't answer quick enough. He has to think first. That's what drugs and heavy drinking does to the brain.

    April 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. david

    I think the whole world wants him. Maybe he can restore our image across the whole world.

    April 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. Laura

    It seems to me the choice is simple: One can vote for:

    McCain: He is about war, dying, negativity, more body bags, more grieving, loss, fear, more enemies the world over.
    Obama: He is about peace, living, positivity, repairing the U.S. infrastructure, optimism, finding solutions, and making friends and coming together, as a country, as a world!

    There is only one choice. There is a solution. VOTE FOR OBAMA

    April 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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