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. vic nashville,Tn

    Obama’s foreign policy experience
    He studied in Indonesia when he was kid
    He went to Pakistan when he was teen
    He went to Kenya to see grand parents
    All these three places he just visit he didn’t talk any Government official
    No one can satisfied Hamas, Hizbulla and AL quida
    Some time these three they don’t what they are fighting for
    My vote for Hillary or Mc Cain I never by hope and change without experience

    April 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Tom

    I am a Republican, but I've had enough of my party throwing out "Fear Grenades" in an attempt to scare/sway the vote one way or another. However, based on the Bush presidency it appears that the American people actually do live in fear of somehow being overrun by Islamic Terrorists, Russian's, Hugo Chavez, or any other "boogeyman" Pres. Bush puts in the Press. I don't know which is worse: The Republican's for using Fear Grenades or the public for being believing them.

    April 19, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Pywakitt

    McCain is not the solution for presidency but part of the problem! So he devulged his taxes and let us know that maybe his wife is better at fixing the economy than he is. He is now officially a kept man! I am definatly not an Obama fan , but no matter what republican is thrown at us, they have all done enough damage! War Monger is not in this year! I will vote Democratic so I can sleep at night! Obama is on the fence until he knows what he is fighting for.

    April 19, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. Mauricio Galvao Anderson

    McCain is a disgrace to all americans! Not a hero of any kind. Vietnam and Iraq are both wars of agression and time has shown (AT LEAST FOR VIETNAM) that a little more thoughful leader would never KILL 50 THOUSAND (PLUS) american lives. Dump McShame!

    April 19, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Pat Dunedin Fl

    McCain isold and suffers from dementia as well as the Republicans.
    Bad Economy, Bogus War, and a man running on conservative
    values. His wife is a Millionaire thanks to Beer. I am sure thats
    who conservatives want in the White House. Snowballs Chance!

    April 19, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Don Hiller

    I am a proud contributor (first time ever to any candidate for any office) to John's campaign. When our sworn enemies embrace ANY candidate for ANY office in our country, that should be a "red flag".

    The quote is from a 'Soft-Speaking' political arm of 'Hateful Hamas".

    I have done my 'homework'. Have the detractors done so? I doubt it very much.

    April 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. Nancy

    That would be the TRUE VICTORY.
    If Hamas, Hazbo Alah, and .... too many more, can trust our administration, we won... the wars... for real... forever.., not for a few month, with an expensive surge.

    April 19, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Rory J. McDerman

    Do we want a President who wants to work toward peace, or someone who wants to flex our young boys muscle and blood? No brainer for me.......

    April 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. Evan

    This the the Republican attack machine at it's finest. Keep it up Mr. McCain! The fearmongering will make it a CAKEWALK to defeat you in the general election.

    April 19, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. kelly WI

    Its takes more than talk to deal with those people. Been talking for decades.

    April 19, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Mark

    Duh – Of course the Hamas want Obama! It would be utterly naive to think McCain won't capitalize on Obama's public willingness to sit down with any and all hostile leaders/dicators/terrorists with no preconditions.

    If Obama supporters think there is nothing to be afraid of by sitting down with any of these guys, why are they calling McCain's statements 'fear mongering'?

    April 19, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. J T

    good people – bad people, obama can unite

    hillarys a divisive robot

    April 19, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Marv

    error check- is not going to change things. second to last line forgive my city school education. See we need change. LOL

    April 19, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Liz, Virginia

    Isn't Karl Rove working on McCain's campaign team? Fear mongering is his forte.

    April 19, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. Tex

    The so-called "Straight Talk Express" has become the Absurd Smear Express.

    April 19, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. Joe G

    Why shouldn't the American people know that Hamas respects Obama and favors him to win the election? Let the American people know it and decide if it's important or not. It's my vote and I will decide. Obama and his supporters will not decide for me!

    April 19, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  17. M..J.

    I was in England and Italy last week and a whole lot of people from those two countries had nothing but good things to say about Obama.
    People said such things as, "I like Obama," "I hope he wins."

    One British gentleman told me how surprised he was at first that the American people are voting for Obama. I told him that America has changed a lot and the American people are the best and that he should visit us to see for himself just what a wonderful country the USA is.

    April 19, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. Kathy

    Why do Obama supporters think it is good for Hammas to support Obama. I think he and them should denounce them. They are terrorists.

    April 19, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. Rob CA

    Fear. Great. Just what we need more of, someone to hate and be afraid of. Yeah, that's going to solve our problems. God help us.

    April 19, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. juang

    This is how people are controlled, especially through politics and religion.

    by FEAR.

    We fear NOT!

    Obama 08!!!

    April 19, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. Don Hiller

    Still awaiting 'moderation' ? And why might I ask.

    April 19, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. Towhappy

    Just plain old desperate!

    April 19, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  23. Fred

    McCain is a warmonger tring to use bush scare tatics. But I guess it worked for bush for two terms. I didnt vote for him. But he fooled a lot of people. McCain loves "WAR'

    April 19, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. Fred

    McCain is a warmonger tring to use bush scare tatics. But I guess it worked for bush for two terms. I didnt vote for him. But he fooled a lot of people. McCain loves "WAR'

    April 19, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Ben

    Actually Hamas probably once McCain cause they know he is OLD and makes many mistakes and is unable to comprehend economics and anything beyond Iraq!!..They probably would like a McCain type to play with!!

    April 19, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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