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. Sasha Cha

    HRC is not the boss of my Vote. I'm voting for McCain because I refuse to vote for a man with next-to-Nothing experience with a shady background. Hillary can support Barack Obama all she wants, I WON'T!

    June 13, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Joe the Troll

    "The group is predominantly comprised of female Clinton supporters"

    I'm sure none of these women would dare complain when Roe vs. Wade goes away.

    June 13, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Cat

    PUMA.......Count me in. I am voting for McCain in November. I will never vote for OBAMA. His team and him and the DNC did everything to destroy Senator Clinton; including giving her votes to him. Shame on the DNC.

    They do not like America and they are closet racists.

    June 13, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Down with Obama

    WE NEED THE TRUTH June 13th, 2008 4:30 pm ET

    Well if you were a true Hillary supporter then you would follow her now just as you followed her during her campaign run. SHE SAID SUPPORT BARACK OBAMA – YOU IDIOT!

    Now just DO IT or you and all those other women supporters can thank McCain when you all get SCREWED over by him. Can anyone say Supreme Court…….HELLOOOOO!!!!!

    Real Democrats don't drink the Kool-Aid.....like you Obamabots do!!!

    June 13, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. McCain=the draft

    If Obama loses, Hillary will be blamed for splitting the party. Forget 2012, she'll be done.

    The GOP has started a fear and smear campaign of Obama and his family. Don't fall for it. Do your homework and get the truth.

    June 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Bodine, Flushing, NY

    I am a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton; I had said from the getgo if my candidate does not get nominated I will vote for McCain. McCain is the one, after Hillary, who can be president. If he gets elected, and I know he will, it will not be a Bush-third-term like some people anticipate. He is his own man. He said it over and over that there are a lot of issues he never agreed on in the Bush administration. PLEASE VOTE MCCain in November.

    June 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Glenn

    Go ahead and vote for McBush and the GOP! How many Americans will die in Iraq and Afganistan during the next four years of McBush? How many American will lose their jobs or their houses and God only knows wht else. Get over it. Hillary lost. Grow up. Be an adult. Go ahead and vote for McBush, no one cares. Just stop your whining!

    June 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Tom in CA

    Hillary we love you.

    ...but now is the time to turn the page!



    I'll go with the "O" man every time!

    June 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Katie, St. Louis, MO

    PUMA will destroy Hillary Clinton's future in politics. If Hillary cannot even inspire and lead diehard supporters like Mr. Bower many will question whether she has what it takes to lead this country.

    I voted for Hillary in the primary and regret unwittingly supporting the divisiveness she has chosen to create.

    June 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Sally

    Bower is a total tool. For him to think McCain somehow represents Democratic ideals moreso than Barack Obama is a flat out atrocity. This article shouldn't even be posted on cnn.com Shame on both of you.

    June 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. No More Clintons, CA

    Looks like Hillary cultivated a bunch of BITTER sore losers who are tougher than those WWII Japanese soldiers who would NEVER give up long after the whole country had alreay SURRENDERED!

    Obama needs SOME of Hillary's supporters, but, for sure he does not need ALL, especially those people who are apparently emotional disturbed!

    June 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Scot

    Do people constantly need to be reminded that in the beginning, Hillary agreed to the punishments for Florida and Michigan? Their delegates would not have won her the campaign anyway. Her loss is not the party's fault. She didn't get as many votes. Bottom line. I respect and admire Hillary Clinton and would have been eager to vote for her had she been the nominee. But she's not so stop blaming the Democratic party. The people voted. That's the way a democracy works.

    June 13, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. vic nashville,Tn

    Hillary 08 Or Mc Cain 08

    June 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Down with Obama

    TJ in Texas (Dallas) June 13th, 2008 4:35 pm ET

    Geeze, get over it. I don't get it. Rule are rules and Florida and Michigan broke them. WHat kind of worl dwould be live in if rules were made obsolete for certain people and situations?

    Giving Obama the 40% uncommitted in MI was NOT a rule...it was one just made up for Obama by the DNC and Howard Dean!!!

    June 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. baljeet

    mccain 2008
    Hillary 2012 2016
    obama 2050 2054

    June 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. Marc PDX

    Looks like fear and loathing in democratsville, based on what people are writing here. What ever happened to supporting civil liberties? Doesn't this man have the right to make up and speak his own mind? Or is that only if he agrees with you? Talk about hypocrites!

    June 13, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Carol

    It amazes me that everyone forgets that Michigan and Florida were made aware of the costs of voting early. Every DEMOCRAT IN THE WORLD WAS AWARE. So, tell me why there is more so much disdain against the Democratic party for upholding rules that were made before the primaries. We want other people to be accountable and want to cry foul, but what would have happened if Barack had cried foul when he won 11 STRAIGHT PRIMARIES! Any other party AND or candidate would have conceded to him at that point. 18 million for Hillary, tell me about the 30 plus million for OBAMA. The math is easy, and it is correct and the fact that people want to blame everyone and everybody else for HRC not winning is STUPID. Tell the truth, we all know the true reason and it has nothing to do with FLORIDA or MICHIGAN. The people that are not going to vote for Barack are not going to vote regardless because he is BLACK. We still live in a racist society and race is an issue, it has nothing to do with gender. If Barack had been a "white man" after winning 11 straight primaries it would have been over. So, if you want to vote for the past, the war, poverty then VOTE FOR MCCAIN and not CHANGE for the FUTURE.

    June 13, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Bit

    This is not about Hillary....It's about Obama's race....why else would someone want to vote another four years of the republican mess up?

    Be honest people!

    June 13, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. Cole From L.A.

    This man and others who do this obviously aren't grown up enough handle the responsibility of voting by knowing the issues and choosing a candidate that best represents their personal stances. They do not use logic or reason but only emotional attachments. I'm 24 years old and I understand you don't always get what you want but you still must vote by where you stand on the issues.

    June 13, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Tom in CA

    ...and kids at 6 and 9 years old are scary!

    If you think that, then you're a total buffoon! Go back to you're FEMA trailer!

    June 13, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Chris

    Voting for McCain because Hillary didn't win out of "spite" hurts only the voter – for 4 MORE YEARS! aaanndd throws everthing Hillary stood for back into her face. Her nore the Democrats will NOT be able to achieve what is dearly needed in this country with another Republican.

    The primary hurt supports on BOTH sides – but please unite or we are all doomed!!

    June 13, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Mervin

    Wow! I wish people would stop hiding behind the walls of bigotry and racism. You're not fooling anyone.

    June 13, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Ed

    Democrats are realy stupid.

    June 13, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Never Obama - Anti Obama movement

    There goes the word "bitter" there is nothing more to say and that is why this CNN blog is getting smaller, and smaller with entries.

    June 13, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Polit

    While we're at it, lets get the African-Americans to stop voting democrat as well. It will insure that there will NEVER be a democrat as president again.

    June 13, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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