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. A good fair man

    He was NEVER a clinton supporter YOU ALL this is just a ploy to get other real supporter to follow him in the ditch. A democrat is a democrat hew is a

    June 13, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Peter in PA

    Wawaaaa....Wawaaaa...Wawaaaa.....Wawaaaa..

    Obama has won this nomination FAIR

    Go! Go vote for McDumber!

    June 13, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. XY and Zee

    God Bless you Bower, you are one of millions of Democrats that will be voting McCain this November. You bet!

    June 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Jo Ann

    If you want McCain to be president why try to bring other democrates over to your sad way of thinking. Obama has not don't anything but win if was not his fault that Clinton was poorly run.

    June 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. YO

    “[The] Democratic Party has thrown away democratic principles through this primary season,"

    Kind of Ironic you should say that and then start PUMA retard.

    June 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Lal Thanga

    If the votes of Mr. Bower and a group of Clinton-Turned-McCain bring any changes, This changes are unworthy and unethic for America.

    I would be ashame for both Democrats and Republicans if there is a slim victory for McCain in November.

    Thanks

    June 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Chris

    If you really supported Clinton then a vote for McCain makes no sense unless issues mean nothing to you. You are voting on identity politics only and nothing else. Stop whining you pathetic imp!

    June 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. WE NEED THE TRUTH

    Well if you were a true Hillary supporter then you would follow her now just as you followed her during her campaign run. SHE SAID SUPPORT BARACK OBAMA – YOU IDIOT!

    Now just DO IT or you and all those other women supporters can thank McCain when you all get SCREWED over by him. Can anyone say Supreme Court.......HELLOOOOO!!!!!

    June 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. jason

    yes! pour out your spiteful heart! Obama is hillary's enemy – not mccain! for the sake of all the millionares: PLEASE vote with a grudge!

    some tips on holding your grudge until november:
    visit a library so you can see a bunch of snobbish elitists
    ignore all news on the economy, foreign policy, or health care
    pay extra attention to the news that covers black criminals

    and always remember that being smart is nothing to be proud of – the real challenge in this world is to remain ignorant and lazy.

    June 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Nick

    Hey, write about me. I'm a cry baby, too that can't stand to lose.

    June 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    As if a woman would ever even be in the running in the Republican party. So typical of ignorant voters who vote against their best interests. As I read in a book, it's like a cow drawing up the cuts of meat on its body!!

    June 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Matt, DC

    Who's Will Bower and why should I care what he thinks?

    June 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. DeNel - Dallas, TX

    Will Bower needs to get a grip and chill the heck out. This is typical behavior for folks with money who don’t get their way. They start their own club.

    June 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. YO

    Hope you get sued by the sneaker company.

    June 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. ml

    Hillary needs rest and sleep. Let her enjoy it. She had it so hard, it was unfair, she should be the nominee.

    June 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. BAKERSFIELD

    I AGREE COMPLETELY THE DNC FORCED THIS DOWN EVERYBODIES THROAT I WILL VOTE MCCAIN- I AM A MALE IN CALIFORNIA. LET US KNOW OF ANY TYPE OF DRIVE TO GET HILLARY VOTED IN.

    June 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. applecrispbetty

    Another guy who does not believe in women's rights. Typical.

    June 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. sefakor

    WOW. I NEVER NEW SOME SO CALLED EDUCATED PEOPLE ARE THIS STUPID. WIIL BOWER AND THE LADY THAT WERE INTERVIEWD ON FOX ARE THE MOST STUPID PEOPLE OF THE YEAR.

    June 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Alston

    Bitter morons like this guy deserve to be on the losing side in November!

    June 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Jim

    Wow. Let's give the white house to the republicans again, because they have done so much good over the past eight years. It seems clear that the whole intent behind this is to try to get Hillary back in there as the nominee. I wouldn't be surprised if Hillary is backing this movement.

    June 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Gretchen

    What a slap in the face to Mrs. Clinton and the Democratic Party – Mrs. Clinton's views and Obama's views are almost identical in all respects – she graciously endorsed Obama and was pleading with her supporters to do the same – sure she is dissapointed but she 'gets it' – this does nothing to help the country and it certainly will do nothing to help any other ambitions she might have in the future – Mr. Bower should grow up and get over his tantrum because he didn't get his way and help to elect a Democrat in November.

    June 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Peter in PA

    Wawaaaa....Wawaaaa...Wawaaaa.....Wawaaaa.. Crybaby...

    Obama has won this nomination FAIR and SQUARE. He didn't throw kitchen sink at Hillary or her supporters. He didn't claim he has experience that he never had. He didn't mismanage the campaign finance. He didn't mismanage his staff. He didn't feel he is entitled to the presidency. He stuck his one message "Change" from the start to finish which of course you can't about Hillary.....

    Go! Go vote for McDumber!

    June 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    this is for the post on the polls.

    the gap will only widen, of course it will fluctuate here and there, but McNeocon is not gonna be our POTUS!

    real republicans know he's a neocon not a republican. and there arent enough neocon americans-thank god-to vote him in. they're loud and angry, but they are a small minority!

    June 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. CINCINNATI, OHIO

    who is he??? while we appreciate his opinion, it is just that. And PUMA = poor uneducated miserable adults.

    June 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Robert from Detroit

    Have we moved from identity politics to spitefulness politics? This trend of people voting for president out of spite rather than the issues has got to be one of the most stupid things to come out of 2008.

    June 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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