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. the drama queen=hillary

    dear mCrazy,

    Nice try!!!!!!!

    At least you can get the name of a group right when you attempt a smear. I'm waiting to see how many Americans still buy into that tired old Bush logic. You know "You're Either with US, or you're with the terrists

    April 19, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Dave C - N.J.

    Pretty weak, John.
    We are not buying it.

    Just like we did not buy the "small town bitter" BS.

    sorry..Obama MEANT when govt sucks, people vote social issues, like guns, religion, abortion, gays, etc. They "cling" to non major issues like Iraq, economy, etc because they gave up.

    I don't know if I agree with that, but it's painfully obvious that is what he meant.

    I love how the GOP keeps saying we will "surrender" under a Dem. What a joke. Again, not buying it. I thought we declared victory at some point anyway? 🙂

    Keep it up John, you've got no hope.

    April 19, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Richard

    It is time to give donation to Obama, so that McCain realizes how dump he is... I wonder if CNN will publish story "Bush likes McCain".

    April 19, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Mike, TX

    McCain's using material from WND? Thats low, even for him.

    April 19, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. charles

    Mr McCain would rather abort the lives of all people that don't get along by bombing them, McCain IS a warmonger, and I think he and his wife should stop by her daddys place, get a free case of beer and hide out in the desert for the rest of his life.

    April 19, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Alice, WPB, FLorida

    Mr. McCain,

    am actually considering to vote for you BUT your mindless attacks on Obama may change my mind in a hurry. This nonsense does turn me off.

    Your job, as I see it, is to convince us that YOU CAN:

    1. End the Iraq war and;
    2. Choose a VP who really, really understands economics.

    To date, you have not accomplished either one.

    April 19, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Sean in N.C.

    This is ridiculous.

    Republican scare tactics just won't work this time. Times are too hard for Republicans to try to scare everybody into making a stupid decision.

    April 19, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Franklin

    John McCain thinks he's a patriot. To imply that a fellow Senator is aiding and abetting Hamas is equivalent to calling the man a traitor to his country. Thes unspeakable lies are just the modis operandi of John McCain. Shame on John McCain.

    April 19, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Andy, Indiana


    April 19, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Greg

    Right McBush, because are tactics right now have put us in a better position in the world. Just more of the same old, same old.

    April 19, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. N Kannan

    And I have seen ads taken out by Hostile Alien Martians that McCain is really one of them sent to the World to take it over!

    April 19, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Steven

    Well, all the more reason to support Obama. If we are going to be enemy's and kill each other, why not someone who can work with the enemy to try to get the problem resolved. They all ready like the guy, IT is TIME for CHANGE in AMERICA.

    April 19, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Henri

    McCain is an idiot. He is so worried about Iraq that he neglects the real war on terror which escalating in Afghanistan right now.

    April 19, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. James - Indiana

    Republicans like Bush and McCain thrive on fear mongering to manipulate people. They're counting on thousands of foolish voters to believe exactly what they're told to believe without questioning it. Problem is, most Americans see through the propaganda. These voters may not necessarily want Clinton or Obama, but they might be a whole lot less enthusiastic about McCain, who is increasingly looking like he's running for a third Bush term.

    April 19, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. gene

    This is only the "tip of the iceberg" of what it is likely to be in the fall, if Obama is so lucky to be the nominee. David Brooks, who writes for the NYT and his story, which apeared in today's Dallas Morning News and is a Obama supporter should be a "must read" for the supporters.I quote segments "it was inevitable that the period of "yes we can!" deification would come to an end. It was not inevitable that Mr. Obama would now look so vulnerable............in a match up against John McCain, he is hehind in Florida, MIssouri and Ohio, and merely tied in must win states like MIchigan, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania............one in five Democrats say they will vote for McCain over Obama........General election voters are different from primary voters. Among them, Mr Obama is lagging among seniors and men. Instead of winning over white high-school-educated voters.............he does worse than previous nominees"These are now my words, there is a disaster awating the Democrats in the fall. Contact the super delegates in your area and request that they support Hillary Clinton and ask for their vote

    April 19, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Greg, Phoenix, AZ


    April 19, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Ian

    What a sick man. The part at the end is the most disgusting.

    April 19, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Kerry

    Congratulation, John. You have sold your bid for president to the far right. You sound just like dubyah. I don't think America wants another 4 yrs of that poison.

    April 19, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Rachel

    McCain is an old, irrelevant warmonger engaged in the politics of yesterday. The American public is smarter than this. He will be defeated in November along with the politics of fear and divisiness.

    April 19, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. bimmer

    It should be no surprise that the enitre islamic extremist population will support Obama.

    April 19, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Marcus


    April 19, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. SK

    Mcbush is a war monger......he will be another trigger happy president which we do not need. We need a person who can build USA back to his leadership position. Old man is living in the past and the past 8 years were not very go years for USA......Obama or Hillary for President.

    April 19, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. rob

    When you have convinced yourself that you cannot win on the issues,then you resort to scare tactics. This is an insult to the intellegence of the people. I hope that as a nation we are smart enough to see through this propaganda. This is a losers mentality.

    April 19, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Bobby

    I don't know why the McCain campaign would even try to use this against Barack! Clearly his foreign policy of peaceful discussions is precisely what we need in that region! If McCain wants to run into every skirmish with guns blazing, clearly he hasn't learned anything from the Bush Administration's failed efforts. We need to reach out to EVERYONE, and only then can we stop the violence, and promote peace. People are only terrorrists from the opposite perspective.

    April 19, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Kevin

    I used to have some respect for Sen. McCain. I even voted for him in the 2000 primary in California. But this is beyond the pale. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Pathetic.

    April 19, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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