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. Donkey Party

    There is no point in trying to rationalize with an extreme radical Hillary fundamentalist. There is no way you will crack those nuts. Hopefully, the smart voters will prevail in November and take back our country from these delusional lunatics.

    June 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. jaylo

    This is bigger than Obama. It is about the corruption and influence from big money groups like moveon.org. How the DNC has be dishonest, unfair and undemocratic. The biased and unfair coverage from the media. Obama wasn't elected-he was selected. Everyone has underestimated the determination of Clinton supporters. If it had been a fair nomination process it would have been easier to get behind Obama, but the whole thing reeks of corruption.
    To make matters worse, Obama acted as if he was the nominee before it was decided. He is under qualified and over ambitious. He is strong arming his way in just like he did in Illinois. This guy is so far from being a different kind of politician. All the DNC cares about is the money he is raising-who really knows where it all is coming from. Now he wants to take the headquarters to Chicago so he can practice more back door politics. It is scary.
    A PUMA member

    June 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. After further review,Texas.

    MARIO.Please dont insult New Jersey when we know your really a Limbaugh lizard from Florida.I checked your isp.

    June 13, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Fabienne

    Senator Clinton's supporters who plan to vote for McCain give credibility to the idea that Senator Clinton was never a progressive and that she has more in common with Republican values than with Democratic values. Voting for McCain means support for a long-term stay in Iraq, tax cuts for the wealthy, no chance for universal health care, the possible repeal of women's reproductive rights, and the rest of the Republican agenda. It's an individual choice, but it's very strange to say a voter supports what Senator Clinton said she supported and vote for a person who will do the opposite. Perhaps they've known all along that Senator Clinton will not do what she says she would do? Nonetheless, it is a voter's right to vote how she or he wants to vote, however disconnected from reality that may be.

    June 13, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. kathy in ohio

    more of us to follow

    June 13, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. peakarach,des moines,IA

    NOBAMA.
    NOREV.WRIGHT.
    NOBILL AYER.
    NOLOUISE FARRAKHAN.
    NOTONY REZKO.
    NOAL SHARPTON.
    NOPFLEGER.
    ====================

    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    June 13, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. Rights

    It don't matter blacks had to fight for civil rights for over 400 years and one more year wont' hurt.

    There were a few good whites folks, and others in this country that fought for blacks during the civil rights movement and we didn't have the majority then and won't have the majority now to stand for change.

    Go ahead and set this country and women’s rights back another 200 years that’s right go ahead and make my day.

    June 13, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. TrueDem

    This is just another SAD attempt by Republicans to get democrats to squabble and divide. He is a Repub posing as a Democrat...a wolf in sheep clothing!

    You never intended to vote democrat and you realize that McSame has no chance at winning unless we implode. Guess what? You and your tactics are exposed! And while you are casting your vote..check on the economy and let me know if you and Repub-America can survive another 4 yrs of Bush.

    June 13, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Frustrated with the Dem. Party

    I have had it with the Democratic Party and Obama supporters! The man has 2 years experience in the Senate and now you want him to be President of THIS country? Would you be cheering on some smooth talking, new hire at your job to take the CEO position of your company over you or another hard working, experienced employee – I do not think so. And THAT is what has all the Hillary supporters so angry about this nomination and the attacks on Hillary, especially from the DNC. Think about think, the DNC voted to dismiss FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN, just so Hillary would not get the nomination – it was just not worth disenfranchising the Democrats.

    I will vote for McCain for president and vote democratic down ticket so the Democrats can keep congress – this will keep things balanced for 4 more years. I encourage all Hillary supporters to vote this way.

    Hillary 2012!!!

    June 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Ian

    She didn't move out of the White House in Jan 93, she moved INTO it in Jan 93.

    June 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. I M DUN

    Get of it. It is not about Obama, but about our country, women's rights, the economy, universal health care and vision. Ask yourself "will McCain provide any of this?'

    June 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. JC

    Who cares what this idiot has to say!

    Experience.... Obama will have plenty when he becomes president.

    Go ahead and vote for McCain, which will go against everything a true dem stands for and push all of what has come about healthcare out of the picture.

    Seriously, another Bush term just because they don't want a black man. You KNOW that's what it is.

    Barack won by all accounts. It was not stolen. Idiots.

    June 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. FEDUP

    I would prefer he encourage all Clinton supporters to write her name on their ballots in November. I cannot vote for McCain, and will not vote for Obama. Just because I'm a democrat does not mean I will forsake my country, to a know nothing politician. Obama is not what he appears to be. Yet he appears to be all things to some people.

    June 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. Theresa in Minneapolis

    Minnesota is not for PUMA – Julie, my dear, Obama won Minnesota at 67%

    June 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Tim from Eugene OR.

    Wow, is all that comes to mind after reading these comments. I can actually understand people that are Hillary supporters that are so anguished over her not winning that they just don't vote at all. But to vote for someone who doesn't share a bit of Hillarys views to the further destruction of our country? Must be Rush's ditoheads writing in here, or are you just biggots, or are you just STUDID?

    If I were like some of the folks writing in here, I guess I would say that if you succeed in getting McCain elected that I will call and encourage my senators, and congressman to vote and support every single issue as well as Supreme court nomoinie that will go against womans rights.

    What a bunch of low rent people who love Hillary so much that they are gonna vote for someone who goes against everything she stands for. If it is just so we can all suffer for four more years while we wait for her to run again, then see what happens when you need the help of the other 18 million voters who supported Obama.

    She may still end up on the ticket, but I am sure to gain her help and support Obama will give her any cabinet possition she desires. No it must be right wing idiots that are writing in here, thats all that makes sense. If you are not rich and you vote for McCain then you are just as studid as the 20 something percent of the people that still think Bush is doing a fine job.

    June 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. Vince

    Come on people. This Bower and PUMA stuff is just a Republican propaganda ploy. They want the msm to spread the myth that even millions of Dems don't trust and will not vote for Obama. This has nothing to do with HRC. To all HRC supporters – how does supporting McCain help her. With a republican POTUS, HRC will be just another Senator for the next 4 to 8 years. With Obama as POTUS, she could be a cabinet member, VP, or Supreme court justice. She can have a must stronger influence that just a Jr. Senator from NY. So fellow Dems, DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE!

    June 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. jermaine from SC

    Some of you have some serious issues to deal with. If you want to vote for Mccain then shut up and do it! Get of that old news, shut up, and vote fo Mccain in November. My Goodness!!! This Bower guy sounds like he has some racial motivated agendas behind his issue with Obama, and so does these other so-called Clinton supporters. If you ask me, I think these so-called supporters are undercover republicans trying to stir up drama within the dem party. IF YOU'RE THAT MAD ABOUT HILLARY LOSING THEN VOTE FOR MCCAIN. Its your right. Stop moaning about it and put your $$ where your mouth is. DEMOCRATS UNITE AGAINST THE MADNESS. IGNORE THESE PEOPLE AND LETS GET OUR COUNTRY GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AGAIN.
    peace

    June 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Indiana Bob

    Where do I sign up!! Go PUMA!! Will Bower sounds like he is in complete agreement with my wife and me. We must stop this cult leader (Obama) from taking over OUR country.

    June 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. marcy

    I agree with puma no omenbama

    June 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. Mariann Pepitone

    Good for Will Bower. He is thinking like me. There is no way I would vote for Obama to become president of this country or any candidate that was a racist from an early age disliking white people and attending a racial white hating anti-american church with a racist pastor for 20 years. What does that tell you. Mistake? That was no mistake. He would have left that church like Oprah did. Now he wants to leave it? And the people in this country need to wake up and smell the coffee. They are too busy listening to his RFK speeches and not screening him when he talks. Hope and change are the words of RFK and not the words of Obama. What changes can he make. He missed the senate 130 times voted present and he was not there when the issue came up on the war. But he lied to the public saying he was against it. Give me a break.

    June 13, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Lisa CA

    Hey Dustin, I think your $8/gal for gas scenario is going to come into play with Obama not McCain!!! It's the Republicans who blocked the bill in the Democratic Congress that would have raised gas prices by another $1.50 per gallon, and it was Obama who insinuated in a town hall yesterday that the rise in gas prices was good for us, but he just wished it would of happened more gradually.

    All you youngsters out there drinking the Obama koolide better wake up and smell the starbucks your drinking, because if Obama becomes President were in for a bumpy ride (on our bicycles).

    June 13, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Nicholas

    ARE YOU KIDDING??? This is such childish behavior...are the principles that enjoined you to Hillary so weak that you'd actually abandon what she stood for? You'd actually vote for a candidate who doesn't reflect the ideals she stood for? That you stand for? You so easily abandon the ideal of better health care? You want the war to continue? You want the country you say you care so much about to suffer more years of bush-o-nomics? Just because the candidate you wanted didn't win? How childish! ARE YOU STOMPING YOUR FEET AND POUTING? it's no wonder our rights as citizens are eroding. It's time to grow up and let go of such childish behavior!

    June 13, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. Gabrielle

    Who is he??? Oh just somebody who doesn't understand politics...I see.

    June 13, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. Same old Politics

    This guy is total nuts and should be rejected by the entire Democratic party.

    June 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Don in Florida

    I guess i dont understand when Clinton turned McCain supporters say they dont like the way the DNC handled FL & MI delegates. As it turns out it's the same way the RNC handled FL & MI. They both halved the vote. So what's the real problem? He didn't get his way so I guess he wants to take his ball and go home now. That's the way I see it.

    June 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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