06/25/2008 04:50 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

McCain: Voters Want Me To Bring Up Obama Hamas Smear

John McCain on Friday defended his charge that the terrorist organization Hamas is rooting for Barack Obama to win the presidency -- and said voters were welcome to discuss whether his age should be a factor in the fall campaign.

A Hamas official told an interviewer last month that the group approved of Obama's candidacy. Friday, McCain said the group's opinion is relevant -- despite Obama's characterization of that opinion as a "smear."

"It's very obvious to everyone that Senator Obama shares nothing of the values or goals of Hamas, which is a terrorist organization," McCain said. "But it's also fact that a spokesperson from Hamas said that he approves of Obama's candidacy. I think that's of interest to the American people."

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