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. ami

    It will take a lot for me to vote or give money to any Democrates after the way Mrs Clinton was treated by the all boys Democratic party. Call me bitter,I am mad as hell and I'm black!!

    June 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. Don't Hate the Player

    Sour grapes. Period.

    June 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Tropical Dave

    OMG. Seriously people all this is very disturbing. I can't believe that there are people out there that are willing to cast their vote based on anger and spite. You cannot change what happened in the past the. McCain, and Obama are the presumptive nominees, and come November those are the two options that we are most likely going to have. To all you PUMA members, please vote McCain if you believe in the republican party and in what he stands for. Voting McCain just because you are angry that HRC is not the nominee is stupid. Just stop and think for a sec, what good is it going to do for HRC if JMc is pres.At least as long as a dem is in office HRC will be able to be involved in the administration, and enact some of her policies, and make a run in 2016. Finally, think! would the 18mil that voted HRC really be better off with JMc in office. I think that it would be a insult to the 18mil by voting JMc, and not even giving HRC a chance to be involved in the administration. We have to be a united dem party. Seriously how many huckabee and romny supporters do you see going around saying that they are going to vote for a dem.

    June 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. MrsKelly

    The campaign was exciting and I think we're winners either way. Both democratic candidates acted with dignity and civility. Sorry we can't say as much about some of the followers. To vote republican for such a shallow reason as spite is to condemn the entire country to more of the misery we're in now. From the sound of it this guy must have a lot of stock in Exxon.

    June 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. Now that's real

    Vote McCain and Die!
    Vote Obama and Live!

    June 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. sunny florida

    This bitter, typical-white, college-educated, disenfranchised Floridian-sweetie plans on voting McCain come November if the DNC doesn't wake up and smell the koolaid. Hillary is the only choice for me but I will not vote for a racist, inexperieinced, sexist, elitist typical politician who talks a good line and looks nice in a suit. "Keep the change".

    June 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. kelly WI

    Go PUMA.
    We don't want our great nation reduced to a 3rd world country.
    McCain 08

    June 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. peakarach,des moines,IA

    I THINK ALL 18 MILLION OF US STRONG MUST UNITE AND JOIN MCCAIN CAMPAIGN NOW. WE MUST HELP MCCAIN TO DEFEAT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA,DNC,SUPERDELEGATE AND THE WHOLE LEFT WING MEDIA IN THE FALL AND KEEP BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA THUG OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE FOR GOOD.

    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY12!

    June 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. Aileen Hudgins

    just dont vote at all. the democrats are a crazy bunch !!!!

    June 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. Jan

    Bower you have the choice to vote for whomever but why poison the minds of good citizens who want change. Hillary wasn't about change and she didn't find her voice until she realize she was losing this race. The DNC did what they thought was right and if you are so much of a Clinton then hey vote for McCain. Just remember that what goes around comes around and if you don't think so ask the Kitchen Sink Lady Hillary.

    June 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. R.S.-St. Paul

    I am totally with this guy!!!!! I am voting MCCAIN IN 2008 also! I will encourage all the other Hillary supporters who are digusted with the DNC to also vote McCain because the DNC doesn't give a crap about you, so why would you care about the DNC??? We can send a message to the Democrat Party about how we will not support corruption by voting MCCAIN in 2008. Don't sit home and not vote, vote McCain. Still, if you listen to the media, and the DNC, they don't care about the females who supported Hillary. They don't even mention our names, so to speak. They continue to minimize our impact, but we can show them our strength and impact by voting out their candidate, and voting in the rival-John MCAIN. McCain is a patriot, he loves America, he will fight to keep us safe from the terrorists, and he is socially conservative and will appoint Supreme Court Justices that won't change this Country into another "France", if you get my drift. Support the move to McCain. Hillary supporters unite behind McCain.

    June 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. Zagazaw

    How can someone willing to vote for anybady except Obama, and try to convince soneone that they are not racist? think about it McCain or Hillary, or anyone else but not Obama, how is that not racist? please explain, You are willing to give Bush and cheny a 3rd term before Obama. what do you make of that.

    Matthew 12:37
    For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

    June 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. Dave in Houston

    Bower, you need to grow up!

    Hillary Clinton herself urged you to support Obama. You evidently don't care about issues, because Clinton and Obama are very similar on the issues and McCain is diametrically opposed on almost every one.

    You must be in some sort of cult of personality, but one that is so weird that you go against the wishes of your revered figure. You are a nut.

    June 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. LA

    No Democrat is going to vote for McBush.

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

    PUMA!

    June 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. JAMES HUEGLI

    I am 61, want to get out of Iraq and have universal health care, not to mention a WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE.

    June 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. Chris

    This guy is a snake who cares not a cent about democracy.

    June 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    BOWER
    you are one sick a– person. you are not a demograt or you would not be saying these things. you are for the person not the party. and hillary has a lot of work to do because if barack looses in nov. (he want) she will be blamed and will be the end of her politics. can you people not understand that. she has been a gracious looser and for you to go against her wishes is pure sick. go ahead and wait till 2016 see if she wins then. it want happen. you talk big but you are small/
    threats and the idea of wishing something bad to happen to obama before august, my god man, he has 2 little children. you need to be in a sike ward forever or priosen grow up/get on your knees and ask god to forgive you

    cnn please post this so it can be shared

    June 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Susan

    What a loser!!! His candidate did not win, so he is going to take his toys and go home. I hope he taches his daughters that women are second claas citizens, just lki McBush! Who care what this bozo thinks anyway!

    June 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. pt darwin

    Question to Sen. Clinton supporters...

    Will Sen. Clinton actually have any 'pull' within a Mccain Administration?

    Sen. Obama seems to be experienced enough to realize that he would need her help in an Obama administration.

    June 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. peakarach,des moines,IA

    NOBAMA ADS IS ON THE YOUTUBE RIGHTNOW.

    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    June 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Steve

    Florida and Michigan BROKE THE RULES. The DNC told them exactly what would happen if they did it, and they did it anyway. How is that controversial?

    The irony, of course, is that if Florida and Michigan hadn't been completely stupid, their primaries would have been incredibly significant. Idiots.

    I understand being bitter about a primary loss....you think any of the Dean supporters were really excited about voting for Kerry? But we did it, because at least the democratic candidate will be closer to your core political values, even if you're not crazy about Obama. It's better than the alternative...

    June 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. Kathleen

    For all of you saying Obama's policies match Clinton's – you are dreaming. He hasn't been in the Senate long enough to have policies. He has NOTHING to back the empty words coming out of his mouth. Yes, he copied Hillary's policies, but has NEVER done anything to show that he can back up those words. We are not yet stuck with him. Open your eyes and we can take back this party in August at the convention. Obama's lack of judgment will derail him eventually. And what those of you whining about how "we NEED a Democrat in the Whitehouse" – you are dreaming too. The DNC and Obama have gang-raped the Democratic party and there are millions of us who refuse to put up with the abuse.

    June 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  24. JAMES HUEGLI

    I am 61, want to get out of Iraq and have universal health care, not to mention a WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE.

    My wife and I are voting for Obama who has the message and direction we want for our future.

    June 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Jim Richmond

    Count me in!

    June 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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