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. Pro-choice, pro-dem

    Who cares?

    Obama is already leading and has nowhere to go but up.

    Republicans don't even like McCain (he won most of the primary states with a plurality).

    Black voters are going to come in record numbers because of Barack being on the ticket.

    And all the Clintonista lemon-suckers can move to Canada. Or maybe they can go fight in Iraq since they approve of Hillary's authorization vote.

    June 13, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Monte - Ex Democrat

    Why to go Will Bowe!!! We are with you all the way. The DNC selected Obama against the will of the people and the Democrats will pay for it this fall. This woman will be voting for John McCain and then Hillary in 2012. BO has NO POLICIES of his own, he stole them from Hillary, tweaked a few words, and says "I agree with Hillary". Why on God's green earth the DNC chose Obama, I will never know. Apparently the Dems like to lose elections.

    June 13, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Marc PDX

    More on civil liberties... why do so many Dems keep telling CNN to not report things that they don't like? I thought the Dems were the party of civil liberties. I say let CNN speak and quit whining! Most of CNN's stuff is already pro-left – so, learn to take it a little for cryin' out loud!

    June 13, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Steve

    Mr. Bower, you speak like a true Democrat...a'la 1860 Alabama.

    June 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Lynn

    Here it goes. Let me put a little thought here. Let's say that through some strange circumstance, Obama loses the nomination at the convention and Clinton takes over. Has this ever happened before where the presumptive nominee did NOT get the nomination? Want to talk about a lack of party unity. If it happens, then McCain is more or less guaranteed the win in November. In truth, I don't like any of the candidates; my favorites both dropped out early on. It doesn't matter who gets in, either are going to make a mess of things. It is going to be a LONG four years.

    June 13, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Will Bower,

    WE ARE WITH YOU! Puma PAC is proud to join the coalition of “Just Say No Deal.” We will all remember in November. And we will get our party back. Count on it.


    June 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Esther De Garmo

    I applaude you on this mission. I also will not be voting for Mr. Obama
    come this November, I too, wanted to see The Clinton's back in the
    White House, but, I will not be voting for Mr. McCain either. I don't like his brand of politics, he is just another George Bush.

    June 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. matt from NY

    Hillary herself clearly stated on numerous occasions that both her and Obama both shared nearly the same exact vision for this country.

    The 21 debates they had started to get petty and boring because they could not debate the issues... they were just to similar.

    Why would anyone vote against their beliefs just because their choice for office did not get selected??? That moronic notion goes beyond throwing a temper tantrum.... it's just plain backwards thinking.

    I agree that Obama does not have as much experience as Hillary or McBush.... but who here can't name 5 super successful presidents whose only experience was a term as Govenor?

    I was a republic until these primaries. I would have been happy to support Hillary but I really grew to appreciate Obama. The man studied Constitutional Law at HARVARD!!! He was a state senator as well as a US senator.

    If there was ever a time for a candidate to have strong constitutional values, a desire to change the way we think about politics, and an undeniable stance on the war in Iraq.... it is right now.

    I will cast my vote this election for a Democrat. I am proud to support Obama and I urge all McCain and Hillary supports to have hope and strength and vote for Obama.

    Matt from NY
    Former Blue Collar Republican Male .

    June 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Right on Day1

    Americans are truly stupid.

    June 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    What a bunch of silliness. The Democratic party will not be held hostage by a group of PUMA idiots. BTW, are you infringing on a copyrighted name here? I thought PUMA was a brand name of tennis shoes or something. BTW, I'm very ashamed of some of the comments I saw by some supposed Hillary supporters on the blog about Tim Russert. How pathetic you people are, and what a sad day for America and politics.

    June 13, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Will Bower,

    WE ARE WITH YOU! Puma PAC is proud to join the coalition of “Just Say No Deal.” We will all remember in November. And we will get our party back. Count on it.


    June 13, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. boered1

    Yep to be expected her followers do not support what she stood for, most cannot even list you three major difference between the POLICIES of Obama or Clinton but they will all support McCain, who has only shared two policies wiht clinton, 1 a bogus "tax holiday on gas (I have yet to see EITHER ACTUALLY DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS) and that they cannot allow a black man in the white house. Other than that they have nothing in common, oops almost forgot they do have one more thing in common they are both owned and paid for by lobbyist and cannot see why that should change.

    June 13, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Ryan

    I hope that people realize that Hillary getting another chance at the presidency in 4 years is slim at best. Lest we forget that Obama is younger and the people that he has inspired to get involved are not going anywhere. If he loses this time, which is unlikely after the actual issues get brought up, he will be back in 2012.

    June 13, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. akaDoug

    I hope CNN does an article on all the former Republicians (like me) that won't vote for John "more of the same" McCain...and are more than happy to throw their support behind a respectable man...Obama!

    Hillary and her people think they are entitled and "more" special than the rest of the nation...but when the cold, bitter truth hits them they act like spoiled children!

    June 13, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Wayne

    The Republican party cut FLORIDA delegations in half for violating party rules. The Democrats wound up doing the same.

    June 13, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. Matt Meyer

    It's funny how Mr. Bower and the rest of the Hillary-turn-McCain voters are actually hurting Hillary Clinton, her legacy or her chances of ever holding the highest office in the land with these public tirades. There has been so much talk over the possible rift in the Democratic party. At this point if Barack Obama loses in a year when the Democrats should kill the party will put the blame for this squarely on Hillary's shoulders. She will lose any clout she still has in the Senate and will not have the opportunity to run again. It would be in the best interest of all the Hillary supporters to get on board with Barack Obama, or even if you can;t do that for whatever reason to stop organizing groups like this. Keep your bitterness and your choice to vote for John McCain out of spite to yourself. Being vocal about your dissent against Barack "for Hillary" is truly doing her a disservice. If you would like to keep alive her chances at running again, groups such as PUMA will be the first to blame if McCain becomes our next President and the accountability for that will come back to Hillary Clinton. Help your own cause and at least keep you plans to yourself.

    June 13, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. scott

    @YO and by the animal!

    June 13, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Mark, Phoenix, AZ

    Obama did have the most votes. Hillary did not win by whatever you choose as a gauge. Her supporters chose not to count caucus voters which is ridiculous on it's face.

    Either way, to say that you are going to back McCain after your support for Hillary doesn't even make sense. The differences between Obama and Hillary are minimal, with the exception being that Obama is not divisive.

    So to all you folks who want to continue the failed abysmal policies of the Bush administration, go ahead and vote for McCain. But know that you are in the minority and the ugly politics of yesterday are on their way out.

    June 13, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Mr. Bower is warped and acting like an insolent child.

    June 13, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. Politically Speaking

    Seems like these particular Clinton supporters are a bitter disgusting group of aged women who particualry can't reason their way out of a wet paper bag.

    These radical Clinton supporters use no basic common sense and logical thought process. Instead, they evoke bitterness in hopes it will infect the nation. It won't.

    As for those who geniunely do not like Obama's viewpoints on the issues, much respect. You are entitled to your opinion and vote. To those who hate simply because it's easiest and wish to whine as young babes sucking their mother's paps, we no longer have hope for you.

    June 13, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Terry from VA

    Who is this moron and why do you print this. If you want a story print this one.

    " Senator from Illinois comes from behind to beat the frontrunner in a fair and square contest. He better managed his campaign and his resources to pull off the stunning upset. He won over 18, million votes and brought millions of new voters into the process. He did this while refusing to use false attacks and smears against his opponents The people of the Nation have responded well to his message of change and insistence that we live up to the American Principles of Government and the American Dream that you can win if you work hard and never ever give up."

    Now there is a story you should print over and over again.

    June 13, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. DG_NJ

    Who cares. Why does CNN and other media outlets continue to fuel the bitterness of the Clinton supporters. WHO CARES!! Just vote for McCain and shut the heck up!

    Let the chips fall where they may. We have an election to win for those of us that actually want to take the country back and care about women's rights. Just stop whining

    June 13, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Ellen

    Sounds good to me. I will be right with him.
    I see Obama supporters are still on this web saying bad things about Hillary. They apparently don't know much good to say about their own candidate or they would lay of Hillary. I keep hearing rules are rules but none of Obama's supporters are brave enough to say Obama broke the rules too. He advertised in Floriday before the primary which was against the rules. That was ok though because it was Obama. Can you imagine if Hillary had done that? if she had the DNC would have given aLL the delegates in Fl. and Mi. to Obama.
    I resent that the nominee was selected by superdelegates who were bought and paid for. He was not selected by the people therefore I will never vote for him.

    June 13, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Tx Dem

    What this guy is saying is...

    "God didn't give me what I wanted"
    "I will teach God a lesson by throwing my support behind the Devil!"
    "the world, and my children will now be better off for 4 more years"

    Please look at the issues and what Hillary believes in – and it's not the GOP!


    June 13, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Zach

    I'm confused. Are you guys voting for McCain because of the platform he is running on or because Hillary is not the candidate?

    Seriously, just looking for an explanation.

    I'm just trying o figure out if you guys are just childish or ignorant. Thanks

    June 13, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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