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. Daniel

    Awesome.... So democrats don't like Roe v. Wade, or national health care, or ending the war, or helping the economy. I thought the democrats were the smart party. Everyone who follows this Puma move is dumber than people who ACTUALLY believe in republican ideals.

    June 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Clinton News Network

    CLINTON NEWS NETWORK! Why don't you just endorse McCain, CNN?

    June 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. E for Obama

    All of these FOOLS need to be SLAPPED!!!

    June 13, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Barry

    What's this I hear about Hackabee joining Fix News?

    June 13, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Prasad

    Here is one more democrat for McCain.

    June 13, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Down with Obama

    There are a lot of Clinton backers that are turning to McCain!! Just watch and see!!!!!!!!!!

    June 13, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. SueC

    How can you be so vindictive that you would allow your country to continue it's downhill spiral into hell just because you didn't get your way? Waaa waaa waaa! Think about this country before you make a mistake we all have to pay for. Shame, shame on you.

    June 13, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Ginny, CA

    I'm in, Mr. Bower. Thank you.

    June 13, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. CALI DUDE

    Who is Wil Bower and why should we care ?

    June 13, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Another Obama supporter

    Funny, isn't it, how Clinton inspires her supporters. If Will Bower is a typical Clinton supporter, thank goodness Hillary lost. And thank goodness McCain will also lose in November.

    June 13, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Christian

    This is not American Idol, this is an election for the presidency of the most powerful nation on Earth. This primary season was a very divisive one, but it was ultimately a triumph of democracy that it ended fairly and peacefully with a fairly elected nominee. I know you Hillary supporters are bitter and upset, but voting for McCain because of these feelings is a rash decision and unwise. Were you supporting Hillary because she was a Clinton or because she was truly best for the country? If it was for the latter, do not forget the stark similarities between Barack's and Hillary's positions on a wide diversity of issues. The world is watching, and the future of the country is at stake. Listen to wisdom, prudence, your own feelings, and even Hillary and unite.

    June 13, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Freddy

    I read all these blogs that say that Obama's views are just like Hillary's. Of course they are. She said them first. He's been riding her coat tails on every topic now. He doesn't have one single thought of his own. I think that's why he won't have a town hall meeting with McCain. Nothing will be scripted for him. He would actually have to have an opinion and he doesn't want the American people to know what kind of fraud he really is.

    June 13, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Bulldog

    Vote Democrat across the board both locally and nationally unless you like liars. The Republican party as a whole is down in the gutter and would rather lie and smear canditates to win rather than help the average American struggling just to get by in this horrible economy. Call it politics if you like, but when you have to make up outrageous lies and then blame it someone else, that is corrupt politics. If you want corruption go Republican. I personally would like to see this dirty corruption out of Washington and all government. That is why I will not vote for any Republican this year. The party is absolutely corrupt.

    June 13, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. GP

    I cant support someone who is supported by Hamas terror group and who's spiritual advisor is Rev. Wright who is a so called "christian" that hates America , the Jews and white people. If I was Osama Bin Laden I would support him.

    June 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. JMO

    It's so simple, I just don't see what the big fuss is about. Citizens should do their best to vote for the PERSON they think would make the best president. I choose Hillary. If she doesn't run, my second choice is John McCain. If he doesn't run, I hope he's replaced by someone I like because I will NEVER vote for bo. He should not be allowed in Washington DC ~ let alone allowed to run for president. He is an empty suit with a demagogue complex just like Bush and will get us into more trouble than Bush and Cheney ever thought of.

    June 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Tim

    This is unbelievable. Barack Obama won more states, more superdelegates, and was first overall in the popular vote. His name was not on the ballot in Michigan.. Clinton left her name on the ballot to try and win extra votes. He played by the rules and won fair and square. Her's was a good run – but it's over! Either vote for Obama, or don't vote at all. Make your little groups and be angry and frustrated but I promise it won't solve anything.

    June 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Disgusting!

    These are the same people saying ugly things about Tim Russerts death today. You should read some of the hate filled "Good Riddance" posts from Hillary supporters. Nice group. Good riddance to you. I hope Tims family not reading this stuff.

    June 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Doug

    Wow, Ellie! Calling someone sub-hunman because they said something you don't like. Pretty arrogant. Hope you get it back in spades!.

    June 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Ken

    Count me in as well! The only way that Obama will get my vote is if he puts Hillary Clinton on the ticket as VP.

    Obama lacks the talent, skills, knowledge and experience to beat McCain, let alone be our next president.

    Obama/Clinton or else McCain!

    June 13, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. jason

    "After a BITTER primary battle Clinton conceded the race to Barack Obama last week urging her supporters to back her rival."

    AH! whoever wrote this article said the word "bitter." ELITIST!!

    June 13, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Billiam the Kid

    Lol. Thats just ridiculous. Some people are just vindictive for no darn reason....

    June 13, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Rose

    This isn't about Senator Obama, not is it about Senator Clinton. It's about the self-rightous, condesending attitudes of the Democratic party members. Senator Obama, may certainly make a good president, Senator McCain most likely won't. But the attitudes of some Democrates is certainly enought for me to vote for almost anyone other than Senator Obama, not because of him, because of them! Please get off of your high horse, before all Clinton supporters turn their backs on Obama. If you think 18 million votes won't matter...you may want to rethink.

    June 13, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. bettee

    So he was rootin' for Bill Clinton's baby momma,
    and she dain't win.

    June 13, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Helen, NY

    Bower, I am happy that you came out in public sooner than later. Who is Obama? What has he got? He is a kid in politics. Count me in. I will also be with you to make John McCain win in coming November.Obama is a fraud and there is nothing in his portfolio. Imagine strongest country in the world has such a miserable candidate for the Democratic party. When we have persons like Howard Dean and similar, you cannot expect the party to prosper. Vite John McCain.

    June 13, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. Dilbo

    If you hate black people then I'm not sure we want your vote anyway.

    June 13, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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