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. Jeremy

    I have effectively removed the bumper sticker on my car and yard sign bearing Hillary and replaced it with that of McCain. I made my first donation to McCain and will continue till I MAX OUT. Come November McCain gets my vote. Not only did Obama steal this nomination by playing the race card. The DNC committed a fatal error of judgment.

    June 13, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. B&B in Nevada

    This guy has issues, the first being that he needs to get a LIFE...

    June 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. I've been blacklisted

    So now we are to leave the party when we are disappointed. Ok.

    June 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. Ernest

    Bye! Bye! Punk

    June 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. You have to read this!!!

    First, this is a silly article. CNN should not provide this individual with a forum because A.) this person is not really paying attention to candidate positions. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton from a candidate position standpoint are very similar (please check their respective positions on Supreme Court justices, educational policy, foreign relations, healthcare, etc. there are superficial differences between the two, however, please go to John McCain's site and check out his articulated differences; B) there are several crafty republicans who are masking themselves as Hillary supporters to try and trick disgruntled Clinton supporters into supporting McCain. For example, a person who identifies themselves as Judy from Florida could be Barry from Texas; and C) for former Hillary supporters who think they are punishing the democrates are really punishing themselves by supporting a candidate who's positions are diametrically oppossed to Hillary Clinton. But in the end please vote for whoever you want, but let their articulated policy positions be your guide.

    June 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. DEMOCRAT FOR MCCAIN

    Hey Obama Supporters...

    WE ARE THE SILENT MAJORITY...

    Our party ruined our "democratic" process....THANKS TO DEAN

    and we are angered...to the point...yes, MANY of us

    WILL VOTE MCCAIN

    June 13, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Linda31

    Funny thing about Democracy, the people get to decide. If you eliminate the superdelegates, Obama would still win.

    I'm been to this site and they do not allow other views, only one of hate and anger. They do not talk about the issues and what is good for this country.

    Do they really think Clinton would be proud of this group?? Really?

    June 13, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Tnorton, ND

    Go ahead and cry your way over to John McCains camp, Im sure they'll be more then happy to have you. The Obama camp DOESNT NEED YOU!!!!! For every one of you Clinton supporters who turns to McCain, Obama gets two defecting from the Republican side because they realize how stupid voting for John McCain really is. So go stick with the rest of the people who are sticking with McCain because you obviously dont have any grasp of the issues or what is at steak, your just bitter little children kicking and screaming in the cereal isle.

    June 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. Carl Sloan

    Number one, who is the guy? And number 2, why the heck should I. or anyone else who can read, actually care?

    June 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. a women for Obama

    waaaah waaaah pitiful sore losers is what makes the party look bad, not our nominee

    June 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Missy, South Carolina

    I think this is a form of haterd for a cause that has no place in the American Justice System. How can we move forward when we have idiots like this Senator acting like a spoil child. What did the Clinton's promise you that you will not follow her in the Dems house. Well my view on this is if you want to like in fear then yes vote for McCain. I hope that these supporters should realize that Hillary can't run her own house so how can she run the country. Now we know who would have been the Chief. Bill and James Carvile. Hillary would only have a signature on everything but not knowing what she is signing. Like the war in Iraq. People some of us is pathetic beyond belief.

    June 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. stephanie, Washington

    All my families will join PUMA in November to vote for McCain to get rid of Obama because he is inexperience president. We don't want another Jimmy Carter in the white house. We don't know what kind of change he will bring to Washington. DNC and Obama treat Hillary without respect and force her out before convention. Why they didn't force Ted Kennedy and Gary Hart before?

    June 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. RD

    I read articles like this one, review the comments section, and simply shake my head in disbelief. There are so many problems in our country today. It seems many are not focusing on these issues when determining who should be the next president. Instead, there's anger and resentment because their candidate of choice is no longer in the game.

    I'm an independent and will remain undecided while I take the time to review all information available regarding each candidate's position. I'll make a decision based on what I believe is the best approach to fixing our country's major issues. I'd advise more take the same approach.

    Instead of bickering or blaming the candidate or system, you should be concentrating on what happens now and not making an uneducated decision. Otherwise, no change will take place and the issues we face now will only continue to worsen.

    June 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. Judy, FL

    I hope that these supporters should realize that Hillary can't run her own house so how can she run the country. Now we know who would have been the Chief. Bill and James Carvile. Hillary would only have a signature on everything but not knowing what she is signing. Like the war in Iraq. People some of us is pathetic beyond belief.

    June 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. Franky

    To tell you the truth, the Dems are not as bad but also they shouln't be upset as well because quite frankly, the Reps are not feeling it as well. My best buddies(Reps) in the whole world are not perfect, TRUST ME! LOL! But you sure do see the many faces of government....

    June 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. Crush Rush

    Those switching because they are RACISTS,please raise your hands.Didnt think so.Just like Limbaughs pinheads always gutless and hiding under sheets.

    June 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Dameon

    Happy Day! Senators, leaders, and supporters everywhere are standing on principle to show Obama is a problematic nominee. Many will follow.

    Way to go girls .. with the effective voodoo death spell today. Hope he confessed all his lies before he spends eternity in purgatory.

    Go blog.pumapac.org!

    June 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. Dale Anger

    The premise and the facts of the case do not bear out your argument.

    June 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. John, OH

    PUMA sound like a girls club, like 'COUGAR' for older women dating younger men. This is another GOP gimmick like the "gas tax holiday".

    June 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. jim

    Me too! I wiil be voting for Mc Cain instead of any Democrat unless clinton is on the ticket

    June 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. Dusacre

    If my candidate doesn’t win, then I go to the other side. It sounds so childish and divisive. We have supported the Clintons through very hard times and good times. A lot of us still love them, but we are democrats before all. If you want to vote for McCain , then go ahead …

    June 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. Nia - female from AZ

    Blueray: The hill – Bill's are not going to be at the top of the ticket so you might as well get over it now. By voting McCain you and others like you are going against the very values, and the type of country Hillary has "faught" for. Don't let all her hard work go down the drain because of your own selfish spite.

    June 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. David Newport, OR

    Some people will never allow themselves to vote for a person of a particular ethnicity. What else can it be given the fact that both Obama and Hillary's policies were so similar? Surely this can't be about breaking rules and thinking you should not be punished. And why hasn't Hillary been a leader and telling them to unify? Hmmmm...pieces of the puzzle just don't fit the rhetoric they are spouting.

    June 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Mary in CT

    PUMA people should grow up, stop dwelling on their bitterness, and do something constructive for this country, rather than waiting for some misfortune to befall Barack Obama. From everything I have seen they are nothing but partisans looking for an excuse to pi** people off. You must not get much satisfaction out of your own life to be so gleeful about sabotaging this election and installing McCain - which won't happen, by the way, then you'll really feel stupid, if you are capable of reflection on any level.

    June 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. LadyDawn

    As a Senator how do you plan to get elected again with such vague and stupid thoughts. I hope the people who voted for you do not share the same views. You are pathetic and your views are very disappointing.

    June 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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