June 13th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
13 years ago

A Clinton backer turns to McCain


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(CNN) – After eight years of a Bush White House, Will Bower was looking for a Democrat to move into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in January 2009. But not just any Democrat. Bower wanted Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic nomination and move back into the home she left in January 1993.

After a bitter primary battle Clinton conceded the race to Barack Obama last week urging her supporters to back her rival. Bower heard the message, but he is not going to follow it. Instead, he said in an interview he plans to vote for Republican John McCain and has formed “Party Unity My A–,” otherwise known as PUMA to express his frustration at the Democratic Party.

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The initiative he said is “to unite voters who don't want Barack Obama as president.”

The 36 year-old Washington resident said his anger is not just directed at Obama, but the party as a whole.

“[The] Democratic Party has thrown away democratic principles through this primary season," charged Bower, who pointed to the delegate sanctions levied by the DNC against Michigan and Florida. "If parties won't uphold democratic principles; who will?"

The group is predominantly comprised of female Clinton supporters, said Bower. The Clinton-turned-McCain supporter said he has also helped launch the “Just Say No Deal,” a nationwide coalition he estimated has two million voters who are also vowing to ‘say no’ to the Illinois senator come November.

Bower acknowledged Obama will be crowned the Democratic nominee at the party’s August convention, but said he holds out hope that the GOP will uncover potentially harmful information between now and then. At that time, “the party might be desperate for another candidate," he said.

soundoff (604 Responses)
  1. jt

    It is the EXPERIENCE!!!

    Rookie Obama won't cut it.

    June 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Beth from Jersey

    Stop being a crybaby.

    His stance on things was almost exactly like hers. Yeh, you're proving a point, that you'd rather put yourself first above the common good.


    June 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    this guy has ISSUES!!! yes, the democratic needs work, but if you're looking for "democratic values", ummmm, john mccain AINT your man!

    clinton had some neocons on her staff, and this guy is one of them.

    June 13, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. donna

    Bitter till the end..that's bad for you heart and your soul Bower!!!! You can vote for whomever you want but you need to let go...stress will kill ya!!!! Your anger should be directed at the REPUBLICAN governors of those states who allowed the primaries to be moved up...Obama wasn't in on those decisions sweetie!!!!

    This is laughable...

    June 13, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    He wont be the only one

    We will remember come november !

    June 13, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Dennis

    I find it ironic that Clinton supporters get so upset over the super delegate situation when Senator Clinton herself said that they should vote according to who they think would be the best nominee/president, and they were not tied to the popular vote or how their states voted. Where was the outrage then?

    June 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Mario FROM JERSEY

    All of you really need to get you mind right. MCcain has to be president. Yes, he has alot in common with Bush. But the Only reason the public hates him is because of the war. Obama lacks experience and has'nt been to Iraq in 3 years. How is a man like that going to lead a nation with the strongest military in the world? Obama's message of change is a cover up from the real Obama. The media is trying to show him as a Keneddy . He is'nt and will never be. His idea's are a joke. and gas prices will go higher and higher with him. Yes, he has the black vote. But first time voters are voting for the wrong reasons. They are all riding the wave. The way he gets people to believe in his dum message is by comparing John to Bush. He will be exposed for the fake he is in the summer just like kerry was!

    June 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |


    June 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Oscar P

    Welcome to the PUMA world !! I am also a proud PUMA member. who refuses to vote for Obama. By voting for him, I will be rejecting the will of 18 million Americans who have voted for Hillary Clinton for president. This is the first democracy where majority does not rule, where people's rights are counted as half votes.

    June 13, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |

    I joined. I'm angry and will not support obama.

    McCain has my vote – unless Hillary comes back from hiding to win this thing in a floor fight (which I am hoping happens).

    June 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Chrissy, TX

    You are not alone. I am just waiting for Novmember to come so me and my whole family can vote for McCain. Like McCain said today in his town hall meeting in New Jersey, the American people first before their party. God bless Hillary, McCain and America!

    June 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Indy guy


    June 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Enlightened Voter

    It is people like that and those of like mind are what is fundamentally wrong with this country. BTW, mr. bower, you could care less about the country than with your own petty feelings. How pathetic.

    June 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Whiskey


    June 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Crazy Is As Crazy Does

    LOL! And this is going to make Hillary president how? See these loones seem to forget that they need us Obama supporters, independents and yes even some republicans to propel her into the oval office as well. And if they mess our chances up with this childish can't grasp reality like a grown-up stance they can definitely expect major backlash come 2012 when those who these supporters think they will screw with this time will be in the same position and who will not have forgotten.

    June 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Amazed

    So, I guess you weren't voting for Hillary based on the issues huh? If so, you wouldn't be voting for McCain. How pathetic

    June 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Whiskey

    taking my toys and going home attitude

    June 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. KLM

    Geez, this guy is going to blow a gasket...If you want to vote for McCain, go ahead and quit with the hysterics. It's amazing to see men get huffy puffy. Do what you want to do but do you need to make soooo much noise.

    June 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. ue heinz

    Democratic principles? Don't talk about such big words if you don't even follow basic rules and orders for any society or organization to not fall into chaos!

    Your thinking is shallow. And why does CNN even report this?

    June 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Listen Up...

    Huh? That's why the DNC should've stuck to their guns and issued a 100% SMACKDOWN to MI & FL. Just can't make some people happy. This does not make him look saavy and professional. Just a big weenie.

    June 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    So Will Bower is frustrated with the Democratic Party because they selected Barack Obama as their candidate. As I recall it was an election and ballots are counted and the one with the most votes wins. Sounds like a crybaby to me who didn't get his way so he'll vote against what Hillary (and, yes, Obama too) both stood for. How can you back Hillary and her views and then turn around and vote the exact opposite for McCain? Idiotic and childish and I say good riddance.

    June 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. Enlightened Voter

    Another example of how clinton could care less for the people, it was all about her. That is why I couldn't support her. SHe could give two squats about anybody.

    June 13, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Doff Severn

    Perhaps it should be noted that Hillary did not leave the White HOuse in 1993, but entered it. She and Bill left in January 2001

    June 13, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. patrick

    OR perhaps they mind find harmful information on you Mr. Bower. My anger with you and the overly bitter Hilary supporters is that the anger has been misdirected at Obama.

    June 13, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Whiskey

    Hey PUMA democrats........You beleive that if you turn your back on DEMOCRATS now that Obama supporters will ever support Clinton in the future....fat chance...........Do not shoot yourself and America in the foot again. .....Smarten Up.

    June 13, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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