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. Robert

    This isnt the first time Palestinian terrorists have endorsed Obama. They did 2 months ago. They pull for Democrats because they know they are weak. Dont take it from John McCain, take it straight from the terrorists mouths. Democrats are weak, seditious, and anti-American. No doubt about it. CNN, you can play your little headline games that say "McCain says Hamas favors Obama" etc. but the headline should read: "Hamas says they favor Obama". The media and Dems are one in the same.

    April 19, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Nathan

    It's pretty evident that you're just not allowed to criticize Obama in this campaign. There was nothing wrong with that email from the McCain camp. The quote was just a quote, but the fact that "Obama would surrender in Iraq and hold talks with the Iranian regime" is true and he is allowed to be criticized for it. Also, every single one of McCains emails ask for a donation at the end of them. This one is no diffrerent...move along.

    April 19, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Terry a Proud Naval Retiree

    and so it begins – the swift boaters are on the loose- Just where is Karl Marx Rove?

    April 19, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. The O

    How low will the republicans go. but on the other hand this is a good thing now hamas and the other cowardly terrorist might now be ready to talk and make peace. becuase we all know we can use a little of that in the world

    OBAMA 08

    April 19, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Debo

    McShame is showing his true hypocritical colors. Rather than run the 'issue oriented' campaign he pledged, his campaign for which he has responsibility goes to a far right 'nut' rag to get its political news and then vomit it up as campaign talking points. The 'straight talking' machine is just another political hack campaign and American is watching.

    April 19, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Ron Cotnam

    Mr. Cain, i'm a canadian & have been following your election campain since the beginnig but this statement is uncalled fot i think all of you should have respect for each other & stick to the issues that you believe in

    April 19, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Beth Stone

    How does McCain know? I guess he's been talking to Hamas too!!

    April 19, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Mace

    Does this even warrant attention? Other than the fact that the McCain campaing is attempting to use an uncredited source to brand Obama as a man supportered by terrorist organizations, I don't see why this is news. As a student, this would be like getting research material for a term paper from the Weekly World News while waiting in line at the supermarket. Surely there must be some article out there that attests to John McCain winning support from socialist, homosexual aliens from the planet GX-17 and how they want to destroy the world (but only if John McCain wins the election). This is silly news, so it deserves a silly response. Good luck CNN.

    April 19, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Jan



    April 19, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. robert e lowe

    HEY A (vote) for obama is a (vote For a G.W. Bush Policy ) McCain likes obama the Republicans likes obama they all for the OiL COMPANY do we need more POLICY THAT HELP BIG OIL ((CLINTON 08) FOR ALL THE PEOPLE

    April 19, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Ray Ito

    The Republican playbook. The attack machines are beginning to crank up but these machines are inherently defective.

    These are all efforts to link Obama with "terrorists." McCain should be ashamed that he's already behind the scenes pulling ineffective strings.
    It will tarnish him and his hero image will be reduced to zero.

    April 19, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. ndlily

    This is a scare tactic if I ever heard one. But for anyone with half a brain, it should backfire for McCain. I mean, seriously, would we rather have a president who will not listen and will run over to the Middle East to drop bombs on the civilians that are left or do we want a president who is willing to talk things out, not make knee-jerk decisions that land us in quagmire wars, and listen to all sides? The future of our country, our international standing, and our children depend on how voters answer that question. I hope we make the right decision, because if we make the wrong one (and act out of fear rather than reason), we deserve everything thing we get.

    April 19, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Jim

    I think this type of tactic is disgusting and is exactly why we can't have four more years of Republicans in the White House. Democrats must stop the in fighting and unite against McSame

    April 19, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Sheila WA

    Ah, so now McCain is going after the ignorant vote. Vote for more fear mongering, vote for more of the same foreign policies that have made our country less safe and less respected..No diplomacy. How refreshing.

    April 19, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. F Hunter

    Ya, well, this coming from a guy that intends on continuing the horrendous Bush legacy of lies, murder and greed. We need change in Washington and John (Little Bush) McCain is certainly not the answer. Keep up the lies John – you are helping the cause.

    April 19, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Ricky Galileo

    Senator McCain's camp also claims that Elvis, Buddy, Jimi, Jim, Janis, John, Abraham, Martin, John, Bobby, Abbie, Mr. Kangaroo, and Mr. Rogers are all also supporting Senator Obama.

    ABC reporter George Stuffing-it-ad-naseum reports that the Senator Clinton campaign argues these endorsements shouldn't factor into final analysis because they are not considered SUPER delegates.

    James Carville is still wondering which of the 13 he should label as Judas.

    Stay tuned.

    April 19, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Tai

    O John McCain is there anything you and your republican party wont try to scare the voters to vote for your pathetic campaign? The american people have lived in fear for the last 8 yrs and nothing good has come out of it. Only more dead soldiers everyday, more people losing their homes and gas prices going up. No one will be fooled anymore Mr McCain, no one will be scared so that they will have to vote for you, no one will be phased by these petty distractions that you put on your website about Mr. Obama, the american people will open their eyes and realize that there is something better than four more years of McBush policies. I commend you for your bravery in Vietnam but that will play no role when american people go to vote because your foreigh policy of staying in Iraq and your economic policies are disasterous. Please do us a favor and stop putting this great nation on its knees.

    April 19, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Philip

    I can see it coming....

    Hillary, down in flames. Get out now while you still have some dignity left.

    In November, John McCain, down in flames... no pun intended.

    Obama, the real “uniter”, all the way in '08!!!!

    April 19, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Daniel Mayinja

    Senator McCain:

    One of the, Alas!, few (really few!) widely respected Republican Leaders around at the moment ...

    Such that:

    I am shocked and disappointed in the old man. He has shown he can not lead this country at this time, these times DEMAND someone with a better world vision, just so we can have some peace on globe ...

    Peace Out!

    April 19, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Mk

    So, is this a taste of what a McCain presidency will be like?
    Will McCain use quotes from the internet and newspapers as his source of intelligence information? This is how he will keep us safe?...Yikes!!!!! It really will be more of the same idocy!!!

    April 19, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. Keke

    The politics of fear at their disgusting best. I'm tired of being afraid. Grand-Pa McCain needs to retire as I'll never vote for a guy older than my Grand father.

    April 19, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Brad Cromes

    I can only hope that this gets as much coverage at "Bittergate"...it is FAR more ridiculous.

    Thank you, Mr. McCain. You've shown that, as they say in Texas, you're really "off the ranch."

    April 19, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. PKS

    Okay, I guess I'll give McCain a dollar! He sure is getting desperate for funds and attention.

    Hamas said Obama would change America! We would only look better through the eyes of the world if Obama was elected.

    April 19, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Jackie

    We are in this mess because there were no peace talks. McCain is just an older version of Bush . All the Republicans know is war, guns, & violence. Meanwhile our own country is going down the toliet. If our ignoramus president in the white house would have bombed Afghanistan & Pakistan, & taken out the terrorist camps, instead of Iraq, the war would be long over. Most of the poles show that people think Bush is the worst president & the most stupid one we`ve ever had. Kudos to OBama for even thinking about peace talks. Now that`s a novel idea!!!

    April 19, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Eric

    This is the most pitiful thing McCain has done. I'd just like to state right now that I'm sure Osama Bin Ladin wants McCain to win because he knows he'd be safe for another 4 years since McCain will keep our military distracted in Iraq for the next 100 years.

    April 19, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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