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. Desmond

    All John Mccain talks about is war,war,and more war. Barack Obama is right that Mccain represents the politics of the past. In fact I think he is stuck in the past, the vietnam war. He is still fighting the vietnam war.That is why he wants to stay in iraq for 100yrs.

    When you watch him speak you can see that not even he believes the nonsence he speaks. He is just hoping that the politics of fear will get him through.

    It is time to turn the page and start a new chapter in american politics; one that doesn't rely on fear and "the kitchen sink" strategy to descredit politicians with strong veiws and solutions for the american people.

    Barack 08!!!

    April 19, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. J

    Not doin' so well money wise, huh John?

    April 19, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  3. gerry

    I guess McCain doesn't understand that it's always a lot easier to negotiate a peace deal with someone who likes you.

    There's been 8 years of war mongering, intimidation, threats and fear resulting in over 4,000 American lifes, 10's of thousands of American injuries at a cost over 1 trillion dollars. When is McCain going to understand it doesn't old style politics don't work any longer?

    It's time for a change. It's time for Obama.

    April 19, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. Ron

    I am a Clinton Supporter. But hate to say this Mr. McCain you are talking all bull. Please grown up. The country does not need people like you. Atleast play it the clean way.

    April 19, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. Fee

    Wow... after reading this my check to McCain's campaign couldn't be in the mail sooner. I mean, c'mon, can you imagine a world in which our "enemies" actually wanted to hold talks with the American president? How could we sustain 100 years of war if we were all cordial? Why would we want American soldiers coming back in one piece or not deployed at all??? McCain is clearly the better president.

    Additionally... what's all this about lesbians claiming custody from Christians? We all know that a child is better off with a Christian mother who beats them than a loving lesbian mother... it's the way God intended it to be.

    April 19, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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