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. justobserve

    What's new? Anyone can want Obama! The more the better. The world will be a better place when people don't hate each other but can compromise for everyone's benefit.

    April 19, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Brett Albers

    Campaign strategies like this are despicable. If Americans fall for this fearmongering from McCain, then we'll see another 8 years of Republican rule.

    April 19, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Milbs

    How can CNN ethically post this while acknowledging the information is "uncredited?" So if an unknown source wrote Obama and Bin Laden were brothers you'd print that, too? At this point I don't see any difference between CNN and tabloids...a new low for CNN reporting.

    April 19, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. PCS

    Is Karl Rove running McCain's campaign?

    April 19, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Jan

    I guess Karl Rove and John McShame didn't get the memo. We're tired of dirty politics.

    April 19, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Nick

    Shameful display Mr McCain. I see now that you are no Maverick, you are a republican slimball.

    April 19, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. carmen jones

    Hillary Clinton: The Scandal Queen, a liar, a cheat, ruthless and dishonest
    John McCain: Cheated on his first wife, got captured because he couldn't follow directions and his butt is way too old

    Business as usual!

    April 19, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Ardnuas

    They want McCain to win because HE has a 20th century mentality, we NEED Barack to win because HE has a 21st mentality!!!
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    April 19, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Simple thought

    add a comment?????????? why????????? you never post them unless they agree with obama being the next coming of Christ....
    this fellow and his back ground of loving the muslin over America
    will not be elected president. he is an empty suit. and that was not a scratch, it was a clear F.U. TO Clinton, and this country. that's how i saw it. disagree as you will , but i vote McCain,

    like the old sane goes, better to be safe than sorry.

    ps: why do people wish to be sober??????? JOHN WAYNE

    old cogger from Missouri

    April 19, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Glen

    Just more proof of what a big hypocrite McCain is. For someone who was so indignant about the treatment he received from the Bush family's attack dogs he seems to have no problem using the same low life tactics himself.

    April 19, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Peter of Oregon

    This attack on Obama by the McCain camp is recklessly unpatriotic, devisive, and mean-spirited. It does not benefit the American people.

    Don't substitute substance with fear-mongling. If at this point you don't feel your campaign has enough substance to defeat Obama on the issues, why not gracefully bow out of the race McCain?

    The more I see and hear you, the more I feel you're too grumpy to be President.

    Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Sharon Minnesota

    Told you so.

    I am hoping I won't have to say that after Obama is in office and has teamed up with the terrorists to America's down fall.

    To avoid any chance of that, let's get Hillary in office. She doesn't talk to terrorist organizations or countries that are disguised as one.

    April 19, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. 35 Southbound

    If we can all move on past this ridiculous move by the right, in left there is something that is not being covered, and I am not sure why. Anyone who reads this, BO, HC, or JM supporters, go to huffingtonpost.com or google "Clinton slams Democrat liberal base." The Huffington Post contributes on CNN quite often so I can not figure out why this story is being covered only there, but with the audio evidence and Clinton aides quoting responses there is quite a bit to look into. She is bad mouthing millions of democrat voters!!! Where is the news on this? Anyone reading this, check it out.

    April 19, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Angry and Bitter

    You already posted this trash once. That's more than enough.

    April 19, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Herman LA, CA

    Beware America here comes the same old Bush tactics, here come the fear mongering tactics let's distract the American from really what's happening in the country and let's say that Hamas wants Barack.

    Hah, Hah, Hah, Lol, give me a break.... Not this time republicans. He will not be swift boated

    Did the Hamas want Barack when he worked as senator of the U.S as well? What a joke.

    Americans are paying attention this time around and you republicans will be held accountable for the actions of the War, and our economy going bad.

    Obama 08!!!

    April 19, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Kentucky

    Ever since this campaign started I have always defended John McCain when it came to his war record and his integrity. however after reading this article this morning, I see he and Hillary Clinton are one in the same. I never really thought much of what senator Obama said about " the old ways of Washington politics" until now. This kind of statement is exactly a page from the Clinton handbook and if McCain cannot run on his own promises and economic plans he will go down in history as the biggest loser in a political campaign ever. I really expected more from you John.---Just for the record, I'm a white male, over 50, ex blue collar worker and Viet Nam veteran.

    April 19, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Susan

    This only explain one thing. Friends and enemies will listen to you and want to work with you. an Obama presidency will reduce the grudges other nations have about us and this will solidify our international relationship. people need people in this world. no matter where you from
    OBAMA 08/09

    April 19, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. h

    Considering he's trying to break himself away from Bush, Mc'Cain certainly plays the "politics of fear" card really well. You would think Americans would know this already and not be fooled by the political rhetoric. What's the saying, "fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me".

    April 19, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Dale

    FEAR TACTICS! You take us for fools??

    The republican party better start learning we are not falling for their fear mongering anymore.

    April 19, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. gary


    April 19, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Richard

    Of course they do. Obama will remove the troops from Iraq without reflecting on the situation. Hamas will then be able to whatever they like to Israel. Vote Clinton, she's not going to remove the troops as irresponsible as Obama, but she's going to remove them eventually, unlike McCain

    Hillary 08

    April 19, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. foreigner in US

    Considering that peace in the middle easr is elusive, doesn't the US need someone with some moral authority and respected enough to secure that peace?

    April 19, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Chris Banner

    McCain is completely out of touch
    He should appologise to Obama for this nonsense
    We care about internal affairs right now as we struggle with the economy, seriously McCain, get a life

    April 19, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. The Corp

    Truth hurts, doesn't it Obama?

    April 19, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. frank


    April 19, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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