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. DAN

    It's irelevant since Hillary will be the nominee.

    April 19, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. Fraser--A Must Read for Clinton Supporters

    What a crotchety, miserable old man. We had enough of Bush's fearmongering for the past 7 1/2 years, we certainly don't need anymore from McCain. And as a result, we're in a no-win war in Iraq and our economy in shambles. Stop trying to SCARE us into voting for you. Why don't you try INSPIRING us instead?

    April 19, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Jerome Pittsburgh

    Smear tatics...I mean if there are using this as a divise issue then wow...I mean was not McBush saying that he wanted to run a clean campaign...I mean scare politics...the American people sees through this...and will not take to this...

    April 19, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. SS

    Yeah and Iran wants McCain to win. GOP give it up. Americans know that your main priority is oil. We know we are going to have to suffer at the pumps and with food for awhile to get ourselves out of the trillion dollar deficit you have put us in. Do you really think we care about your middle east agenda to establish another base so you can do business. Tired of the government having a whats in it for me attitude. Americans now have the right to be selfish too and seek out a candidate who has their best interests in mind, not the 100 year agenda or dependence on oil. Lame!

    April 19, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. lily

    I'm sorry but my family is supporting for Hillary..

    April 19, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Tyler

    This story is a double post, take this junk off.

    April 19, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Josh

    Who didnt expect this? The republicans are ruthless dont even care about anything except putting more money in there pockets and keeping control of the Country. This is disgraceful, if I was a Mcain supporter this would instantly end my support for him. The fact that arabs support one of the presidential nominees shouldnt be a bad thing. Maybe they want Obama because he will actually move to make chances that will not only better the lives of americans but of everybody around the world. Mcain will have no support from other nations, only RedStates which lets face it or full of obvioulsy some of the dumbest people on the planet. There is no chance theyll post this comment but its the truth. I pray for the wellbeing of America that they are able to see past this political propoganda. I am canadian by the way.

    April 19, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. Robert Willis

    And this is supposed to influence my vote? Get real.

    April 19, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. John

    The US should have negotiated with HAMAS from the day they were elected, maybe we would have made some progress aleady.

    Obama is right talk to your enemies as well as your friends.

    April 19, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Dr. Phil

    Listen, Grandpa! The Rove playbook is out played. Obama is the new Heavyweight Champion of politics. He's here to slay the "Beast of Fear", and to usher in the Era of "Hope". So, get your popcorn and sit back and enjoy the show.

    4 stars for OBAMA 08!!!!

    April 19, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Renee


    April 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Scott Lindquist

    You can always tell when a political party has NO reason to justify voting for it. They always try to scare people into voting against their opponent. They succeeded in scaring people to vote against John Kerry, then they tried it again when the Democrats took over the congress. Shaun Hannity and the Republicans tried to scare people into voting against Democrats to keep Nancy Pelosi out of the job of Speaker. They're doing it again. Scare people into voting against Obama. Hillary has been doing the same thing. It's not working. As FDR said, "The only thing we have to fear... is fear itself."

    April 19, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Ernest-Kentucy

    Another Form of Right Wing Fear Mongering Tactics.
    The world will be a better place if we all try to get a long.

    April 19, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. jo

    Mr. War (McCain) will say anything to continue His 100 years war. I don't think people will listen this B.S. Using fear mongering tactic has been expiered on 2004, If you didn't hear the news.

    April 19, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Kim in NC

    And this is a bad thing because??????

    A president that can work effectively with world governments, especially the ones we don't like, sounds terrific.

    April 19, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. ZS

    Wow, to think about actually talking and working out differences with enemies instead of making threats, being stubborn and egocentric... I'm sorry who's supposedly elitist again?

    Go Obama

    April 19, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. Jolie

    What's new about other countries wanting Obama to be our next President? He even has a 90% favorable rating in Europe. And why is McCain saying that Obama does not have the experience to talk to terrorist? Has HE talked to a terrorist lately? Jimmy Carter is doing the right thing. We must talk to our enemies. Clipping the lines of communication has gotten us where we are today. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

    April 19, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Ron

    The republicans should stop their evil devil methods and simply recruit your own. This is the most vile message I've heard yet. To hell with the republican party. Satan is ready for you NOW.

    April 19, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. James

    "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." Although not to be taken literally for you shallow thinkers, there is definetly reality to this quote. If you dont even have relations, how are you supposed to understand their motives?? hellloooooo.....or get anyone on the inside for that matter, your intel will dry up. From people that dont understand conflict all i hear is oh my, he will talk to who...?! apparently we either need to wake up or start popping those anxiety pills, because it seems some actually prefer living in fear lol.

    April 19, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  20. North Carolina

    Amazing how pro Hamas commentary gets published here and concern over a candidate whom they endorse does not.

    April 19, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. Robert

    While I always like Obama and thought of him as a breath of fresh air, I favored McCain for a long time. I loved the fact that he spoke his mind regardless of the possible political backlash and the fact that he insisted on running a gentlemans campaing. Unfortunately he's become a panderer like most politicians and has lost himself to the desire to win. This is why I need to see Hillary out of the race. She's managed to bring her 2 opponents down because they've listened to the pundits who have praised her for being a "fighter". Obama though hasn't quite stooped to this level so McCain has now fallen out of favor with me.

    April 19, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. Matt

    Wow, you liberals are really upset about the terrorists endorsing your candidate! Of course they want Obama to win. They know he will be anti-Israel and retreat from Iraq, allowing them to take control. They are afraid of McCain. He will actually fight terrorism.

    April 19, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  23. Joey Garcia

    Obama is a fake and a liar. We dont know a lot about him and the skeletons he is hiding in his closet.

    April 19, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. Johnny Oneshoe

    Just another example of Republican fearmongering. Many of those Mccain campaign contributors don't even know what Hamas is, or just think any Arabic-name-sounding group must be bad. What a shame that these spin doctors are still employed.

    April 19, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. Jane

    McCain is not all for the war peoples, he just wont pull everyone out like it's no problem, there will be trouble if we just pull out of the war. Now that we are in, we may HAVE to be in awhile, that's all he was saying, don't be so selective with your hearing.
    oh and guess what? It's not all Bush's fault either....their were some problems a brewing before he was elected.

    April 19, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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