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. Mark Webb

    Frankly, WHO CARES???
    This guy doen't represent anybody than himself.
    This is no news.

    June 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Matt Kachaluba

    What a bunch of morons.

    June 13, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. Happy Conservative

    Gotta love those crazies who say voting for Obama ignores 18 million votes for HRC. They intend to ignore the 18 million plus who voted for Obama. So they don't support democracy. They prefer demoCRAZY, the Hillary way. Get a life or at least a hobby.

    June 13, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Marie

    Ralph Nader was one of the reasons Gore lost, and that was a very small percentage of people. Imagine what the Hillary supporters can do considering there are many.

    June 13, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. CATHY

    Me too.Iwill not vote for obama i'll write HILLARY"S name in or not vote at all.

    June 13, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. Jan

    never obama–too radical–lots of reasons not to vote for him–we need someone in the White House that works for the American people–not just college kids and elites and movie stars..McCain 2008

    June 13, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. Sam

    Well I guess we don't need this vote. Go ahead and vote for McCain. I guess you are not truly concerned about the country but only if your canidate wins. Way to show your true color.

    June 13, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Alexander

    I thought that I will be voting for the one who is wise and can do more good. It looks like now I will choose the one who has less energy to do harm.

    June 13, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. vw

    You did a wonderful job.
    Yes, we should choose a better candidate for our country, no matter he is Republican or Democratic.
    Vote John MaCain is the best thing we can do for this country.

    June 13, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Richard, FL

    Hillary supporters for John "bomb bomb bomb Iran" McCain need to ask him if he thinks Chelsea Clinton has gotten any better looking.

    It was reported that at a Republican Senate fundraiser in June, 1998 McCain asked “Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."

    June 13, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Diane Panama City Fl

    Dear PUMA members:

    Just bear in mind that when you vote for McBush you will be supporting a group tof thugs hat uses the US Constitution and our habeas corpus protections as toilet paper. I guess that tells the rest of us volumes about your attitude toward your civil liberties.

    June 13, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. saraJay

    Weird. What exactly are the policies that these PUMA people are campaigning for?

    Are they all of a sudden touting the benefits of staying the course in Iraq? Do they suddenly feel that universal healthcare is NOT important? Have they decided abortion should be illegal and gays should not be allowed to marry?

    My guess is "no".

    They are not for ANY of the positions that McCain embraces.
    The only "position" they hold, is beating the person that beat HIllary.

    very sad. (but ultimately a side note i n this election)

    June 13, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Mark M Kansas City

    ......................Sounds like somebody needs a nap and maybe their diaper changed...............

    June 13, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. jim b

    WB convinces me that I have been right to support Obama. What would be really scary would be having people in the WH that will take the party, the country and maybe the world down if they can't have what they think is their due.

    June 13, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Jack

    As a Clinton Democrat, I applaud this

    June 13, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. Karen from Missouri

    Stop taking it out on Obama and the DNC. Florida and Michigan BROKE THE RULES - they knew they were doing it - they were told what the consequences would be - they went ahead and broke the rules anyway. If you're so upset over the outcome, vote the idiots who broke the rules out of office, but don't blame Obama or the Democratic party.

    June 13, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. What a jerk!

    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.

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    What a jerk!!!!

    June 13, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. NORA, FLORIDA

    Oh WELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL. And why they are at, they need to schedule for their Brain surgery!!!

    June 13, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Unbelievable!

    I cannot believe what I have just read! No wonder other countries laugh at us! Looking from the outside, I'm laughing too! I'm tired of the Bush bashing. I'm tired of all the bashing! When you bash the war, you bash our men and women that are there! McCain served for our country, and you bash him. You may be tired of the prices of gasoline going up, but why don't you look back when this all started...when the democrats took control in Congress! It's bad enough that on Clinton's last day in office, he had a hard enough time leaving to let the new president take office, but then it runs in the family as Hillary had a hard time leaving this campaign trail! Does anyone care about values anymore? You're asking someone to become president of OUR country, who barely got the seat as senator warm!

    June 13, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. AK in LA

    Count me in!

    June 13, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. DS

    MOST PEOPLE ARE ABSOLUTLY CORRECT,THEIR VIEWS ARE ALMOST IDENTICAL,THERE IS ONE LITLE DIFERENCE MOST CLINTON SUPORTERS FEEL THAT THE DNC MADE ALL THE EFORT POSSIBLE SO THAT CLINTON WOULD NOT GET THE NOMINATION,I STILL WILL VOTE DEMOCRATIC IN NOVEMBER
    BUT A VERY BAD TASTE IN ME.THE SMART THING WOULD BE CLINTON AS VP,WITH IN OBAMAS TIME./////

    June 13, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  22. Yobee

    How sadly childish, yet indicative of the current state of American politics.

    June 13, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. rose, texas

    why get mad, remember obama doesn't need our vote , he can win without hillary's supporters.why all the name calling, i thought obama supporters were repectable people, what happen

    June 13, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. I WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA

    Obama is a lier, me and my family and friends will not vote for him on november.... we will vote for Mc Cain or nobody

    June 13, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Cynthia

    Bowers needs to just get over it. Senator Obama won the election fair and square. He won more states, more pledged delegates, more superdelegates and if you add in the caucuses – for which Senator Clinton didnot count in her totals. As far as hoping that the GOP finds unfavorable and the Democrats will be needing a new candiate (meaning Senator Clinton). After all the bellyaching the from the Clinton supporters and now this guy (who ever he is) it would be a cold day in hell before I would vote for her if this were to happen.

    This is really wearing thin with me, all the hoopla over nothing.

    June 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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