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. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Will Bower,



    June 13, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. jonny

    Any real democrat would gladly vote for Obama. The ones that dont are either angry who really wanted Clinton because she is a female, or a person who would never vote for a black candidate. Clinton was the one that played dirty. No real democrat could be for McCain over Obama. Whatever excuse they use, is used to cover their sexism or racism.

    June 13, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. boered1

    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
    I give you that but by voting against him you are also rejecting the will of the 18 million Americans who voted for Barack Obama, but since they are black and/or have been to school, or stayed home in MI and Fl to follow the RULES they are not important right?
    Moronic Clintonista
    now start with the this is a democracy line, we all (who ahve actually READ the Constitution LOVE that one, WE ARE NOT AND NEVER HAVE BEEN A DEMOCRACY WE ARE A REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLIC an voting in a parties primary is NOT a right it is a privledge if you break the rules you lose the privledge (unless the DNC caves to you to try their best to give oyu the election like they did hillary thank goodness there were enought REAL Americans on the DNC rules committee to prevent the travisty she wanted!)

    June 13, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Mike SK

    cut of your nose to spite your face! I guess these so called Democratic woman don't care that McCain has voted against equal pay for woman, is hell bent to get Roe vs Wade overturned and called his wife the C word. not to mention left his fat disabled wife for a millionare beer heirness. Woooo those are some good woman rights values.

    We all know the PUMA consists of Republican plants these are not democrats. DON'T SHOW UP IN DENVER it's not your party anymore its Obama's!!!

    June 13, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. ta

    Tennessee Dem Suggests Obama May Be ‘Terrorist Connected’

    Read story on Fox news website

    June 13, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. bill in pa

    Vote McCain, who cares. When the body bags keep coming just know YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE. Whiny clintonistas.

    June 13, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. If not Hillary....then McCain

    PUMA, Just say no Deal, hillaryclintonforum.com, we are all out here and we are banding together.

    Will Bower, thank you for your organization!

    Committed to NOT VOTING FOR OBAMA!

    June 13, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Mary

    I can say this, if you were a democrat that is the way you would vote regardless. I think you have other issues that you need to deal with and it's not just Senator Obama.

    June 13, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Bob

    And why does CNN see fit to give this nobody a forum from which to pitch his juvenile tantrum? Not a word about policy. Not a word about the stark difference between McCain and Obama. This is "taking my marbles and going home" to the extreme. Why doesn't CNN simply let him go home alone?

    June 13, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. wake up! Racist

    All you people upset about Hillary not winning are so out of touch anyway. It doesn't even matter if you vote for him. Everyone know that there will be people whom wouldn't vote for him know matter what! They want to blame the DNC and Obama for winning the race to compete for the president of the US. The world is whacthing! Everyone will get a frist hand look at how the greatest country in the world is fill with a Racist. So Stop acting like you have a real reason not to vote for the man other then you can't come to grips with voting for a Black man!

    June 13, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. Judy

    One thing Hillary's backer keep forgetting. You can't elect her either with just 18 million. Either way John McCain wins if the Dems don't get together. I am an Obama backer but I don't care if he wins or lose it really does not matter. He would twice as powerful if he doesn't become the President. In fact, if he lose to John McCain and the US goes to hell in a handbag Obama will look GREAT. So I hope the 18 million do vote for John. Did you see today's news. Iraq rebel armies are forming new armies. I really think Ron Paul got it right, I just wish Obama would adopt more of Ron Paul's stance. NO WAR, NO TROOPS ANYWHERE AT ANYTIME!!!!

    June 13, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Mary

    How sad that an someone who calls himself a Democrat and claims to be concerned about "democratic principles" would actually say that he hopes "that the GOP will uncover potentially harmful information" about Senator Obama before August. I find that kind of behavior to be petty, childish, and disgusting, and exactly the reason I could not bring my self to support four more years of Clinton/Rove style slash-and-burn politics. Bowers and other like-minded people deserve exactly the government they will get if their hate-tactics prevail.

    June 13, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. Alex

    What's your name again? According to the rules Florida and Michigan should have gotten ZERO votes. Seating all of them and giving each half a vote is a more than fair compromise. Anything other than this would have alienated and been unfair to Obama supporters. Obama won more states, won more delegates, and won the popular vote (if caucus states are included and Clinton rhetoric isn't). Where do you see the undermining of democracy here Mr. Bower? Are you that childish and selfish (and incredibly stupid) that you would vote for a party that has run our country in to the ground for the past 8 years? A party that pushed a country to war on lies and half truths? A party that has destroyed our image overseas? A party that has been subject to scandal after scandal? A party that has shown its incompetence time after time? A party that gives preference to corporations rather than your every day citizen? Are you that childish and selfish Mr. Bower that you would forego your own party and a candidate that is very comparable to Clinton just because your candidate didn't win? Does not the grave issues facing us today, and the supreme court hanging in the balance give you pause? You are a pathetic human being. The same goes to all of you "PUMA" people too. The country is more important than you.

    June 13, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. FLGirl

    I'm on board...Just Say No Deal!
    Not to Obama.

    PUMA in FL

    June 13, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. greg

    I'm becoming more and more convinced that these Hillary defectors are fringe. Puma is fringe.

    They will account for less than 3% of the vote in the GE as of right now. Even less come November. Obama beats McCain by 13 points with women already.

    Must suck to be part of a movement devoted to tearing someone down, as opposed to building someone up. But for those who want to be part of the winning team, you'll always be welcome under Obama's tent.

    June 13, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Voice of Reason

    How is voting for McCain going to teach the DNC a lesson? This guy's having a tantrum.

    June 13, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Peter of NYC

    I am sick and tired of Democrats who behave like the worst Republican.
    If they think Hillary will be welcomed as a savior if Obama should fail they will be in for a rude surprise. Better to fail for the right cause than win with bitter bigots of Hillary's dead-enders.

    Hillary's legacy has been to make all too clear that half of our Democrat party has never recovered from President Johnson signing laws to allow the children of slaves a vote.

    As Hillary said the stakes are too high to entertain a McCain presidency. At least too late, she admitted the folly of her campaign of slander, lies and pandering.

    Enough is enough, no more pandering to bigots. I hope that more of them leave.

    June 13, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. cevans, tx

    Please don't call him a Democrat!! STUPID is more like it!!

    STUPID BOWER!! STUPID BOWER!! STUPID BOWER!! I is going with the heartless, selfish and untrustworthy ones. Forget the over 4000 babies that has given there lives for a pathetic lie. Never mine our children are without a good education and health care. Oh, and forget about the millions of people losing their homes because of crooks that the current government bail out instead of regulating.


    June 13, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. Kris

    Will Bowser?

    Example of a double loser . . .

    June 13, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. McClinton

    Demo(hypocritic) Party.

    Go PUMA!!!

    June 13, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. Mr. T.

    "I pitty the fool!"

    June 13, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. Anita from Arizona

    These are the same people who said "Good Riddance" to Tim Russert. Remember that. The same people. Heartless, non-caring, begrudging, spitful, hateful, spoiled brats who didn't get their way and now want to throw a tantrum. Your dirt under my shoes.

    June 13, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. Sean

    How selfish and disgusting to put your own frustrations ahead of the lives of our soldiers, the preservation of Roe vs Wade, and the financial well-being of so many who would be negatively affected by a McCain Presidency.

    Will Bower, you epitomize the word "selfish", as does every other so-called Democrat who chooses McCain over Obama because they're upset that their candidate didn't win the nomination.

    Grow up.

    June 13, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. Brian

    You have to play by the rules that everyone agrees to before the game. The DNC and all the states agreed to the primary calander. Michigan and Florida broke the rules. Clinton, Obama, Edwards, Bidon – all the democratic candidates agreed to the punishment of those two states by the DNC. Now, you're mad because Clinton wanted to break the rules and wasn't allowed to?

    Havn't you had enough of that kind of government over the past 8 years – changing the rules when it is self-serving?

    Take your group and jump for all I care. The rules were made by everyone; were followed by 48 states and all the candidates. If you're mad at anyone, be mad at the state governments in Florida and Michigan that started this mess!

    June 13, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. Larry Buchas

    What a childish way to react.

    The decision is yours. Now you have to live it on your conscience. How does it feel to be in the same boat as Joe Lieberman?

    June 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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