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. Vet

    Hi everyone,
    I think this video displays their bitterness to the fullest. Go Watch it and send it to your friends. What say you?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz8AuAAyRY8

    Cheers,

    -V

    June 13, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. phil

    if only people like this vow to do what they say and move to canada with every election they don't like. maybe if clinton didn't lose 12 contests throughout february she'd be the nominee. maybe if the clintons weren't notorious liars...she'd be the nominee. too bad so sad....winner winner chicken dinner!

    June 13, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. Gabrielle

    Uniting people who don't want Barack Obama in the White House....

    That is so childish, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. Too bad his reasoning is not sound.

    June 13, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. Jay

    Mr. Bower was probably refused her mom's titty growing up.

    June 13, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Jerry

    Obama, McCain, Hillary
    God help the USA if any of these three get in the White House.
    Higher taxes, Higher gas prices, More unemployment, Larger government. This country is going to hell in a basket with the path we have been on for the last 30 years.

    Kick every one of the liars out of office and start over with people that have some common scents

    June 13, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Don in Florida

    Some people think that if their candidate doesn't win they will desert the democratic party. If that's the case why bother having a nomination process? Why not just determine who should be the party nominee by say a show of hands? It sure would save a heck of alot of money.

    June 13, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. No McBush in 08!

    your candidate looses so you cry foul and switch sides?

    i hope you vote for mccain and enjoy four more years of war and economic suffering you cowards

    June 13, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. JAZZ

    Many people can and will vote for John McCain because he is a KNOWN maverick. Obama is a self-described "blank screen". That cast of characters he surrounded himself with for the last twenty years
    fill that screen with the prospect of unwanted change nationwide. Fair or not , the feeling is out there and is growing.
    The incessant insults shouted by Obama fans will help McCain's crossover votes increase daily. As if the interpretive voting of the DNC wasn't enough. It's country before party, people.

    June 13, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. John

    Will;
    You don't even get 15 minutes. Who cares how you vote? Losers always want to claim they are right. Michigan and Florida broke party rules and had to be called on it. Clinton wanted to change the rules from delagates to popular vote, knowing well that many states used a combination of the two.

    You and any followers you may have will fit in very well with the GOP crybabies. Be warned, the GOP doesn't like gays.

    June 13, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. jason

    "The 36 year-old Washington resident said his anger is not just directed at Obama, but the party as a whole."

    no, not as a whole – not at the hillary supporters. his anger is directed at the Obama supporters. How dare they not vote for hillary! what were they thinking? why were they thinking? no thinking allowed in politics, people!

    June 13, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. linda

    How do I join PUMA? Please let me know as soon as possible. I am voting mccain since Hillary is not in the race.

    June 13, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. The Delaware Oracle

    We need a grown up for the presidency of America. Obama is just too green for me.

    He has no experience in anything, except running his mouth off and I have to admit he does a good job of that. His speeches are fluff and cotton candy that are nice to hear but will never be enacted.

    Watch this candidate, i don't believe his deeds will match his words.

    You too can join the McCain Campaign.

    Please join John S McCain during this campaign year and help elect him as our 44th President. He will bring security and experience to the table, while defending America, your values and your wallet.

    June 13, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. Gerald for Obama

    What is so funny is that this guy says, "his anger isn't directed towards Obama", but he hopes that the GOP will do something to Obama's creditibilty???? lol.... This guy is a joke.

    Obama should say, "Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya".

    June 13, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Ganesh

    Given ppl like this, is it any surprise that Democrats have not won the elections more often... Obama stands with Clinton on most of the issues but clearly this person doesnt care about the country, the policies or the party. He cares about Hillary in the White House. What sort of idiotic mentality is that?

    June 13, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. Sheri

    And here is the President of the United States:

    BARACK OBAMA

    June 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. Carmen, Florida

    You can count me in and all my family and friends from NY,NJ and Florida for McCain.

    How can we have a president in US name Barack HUSSEIN Obama. Sounds like from the middle east musslins not american.

    This message comes from my big military family and friends.

    June 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. Mariann Pepitone

    Mario: you are so right about Obama. He is underhanded and cunning. He knows how to wheel and deal and learned it from Rezko his crooked business man whom he was attorney for. Let go on record to say Dean, Nancy and Reid did not want Hillary to be president, especially Nancy because Nancy wants all the power. Plus I believe all three including Obama went behind the scenes to talk the superdelegates into voting for Obama for favors granted. John McCain is a good man, well experience like Hillary and knows more about politics that Obama hasn't learned yet. Obama only knows the crooked businessmen like Johnson. I am sorry to hear about Tim Russert but its very strange that first Kennedy had cancer, Byrd went into the hospital and now Russert collapsed and died. Russert was very extremely hard on Hillary in the debates and I believe he wanted Obama to win. Obama has a habit of stammering when he's ask questions and that is because he can't think quick enough to answer. That's the Harvard graduate that suppose to be brilliant. And he was not a law professor he was a lecturer only.

    June 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. jason

    some things:

    obama won the popular vote (yes, caucuces count – sorry).
    obama won the most delegates.
    obama won the most states

    hillary suspended her campaign and backed obama. As predicted, of course, not all of her supporters followed her. They liked her when she was being negative towards Obama, but now that she is no longer being negative towards Obama, her "supporters" do not care about anything she says, and are more interested in continuing to hate Obama.

    Bah Bah white sheep...

    June 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Chicagoway

    From support of Clinton's principles to backing Mccain. Why is an idiot like this in a position of political power? I thought going from supporting hillary's policies to backing mccain was reserved for the few morons in the general public that are on a crusade to spite obama even though mccain will destroy the country. However, i have now learned that some that hold political office are just as stupid. How very sad for this man and the country.

    June 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. Jaun

    Clinton not to nominee so quit crying.
    Guess Hillary is proud of you guys...got her blessings rite?
    Get over it...you selfish bunch.
    AMERICA FOR OBAMA.
    OBAMA 08.

    June 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. Stop this game

    Even if Obama looses because some Hillary supporters would vote for McCain, then we will make sure 4 years later, that Hillary will never win.
    Either we have a party or no party at all. Forcing your opinion this way will not frighten us. You have a single vote like all other democrats and threatening with voting McCain will not make us change the nominee.

    June 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. anonymous

    Dear Mr. Bower,

    Thank you for sticking with us. I am a proud member of PUMA. Thanks for everything that you're doing. Obama is the worst thing that can ever happen to our country. Let's go and support John McCain. He's a great guy. He's holding tele-conference tomorrow. I'll be on it. The info is on his website; link to Citizens for McCain.

    June 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Don in Florida

    Those supporters of PUMA think about this. IF you damage Obama's chances this November, how do you think that's going to help Clinton's next run for the senate, white house or any elections going forward? Are you really trying to help her? If so voting for McCain is not your answer. I for one will never vote for her again.

    June 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  24. Roger

    Welcome to the Anti-Obama train Will Bower.

    By the way, I am educated.

    June 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. Zander in Colorado Springs, Co

    Wow, I guess Obama was right, some voters are BITTER!!!!!

    June 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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