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. Brent

    I too wanted Hillary and am unhappy with Mr.O. I will however wait till later, listen and reserve my decision. I do respect Mr. McCain for his honesty, I very much believe he will do as he says. I really do not know what Mr. O. stands for or how he hope to accomplish his goals.

    June 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Jen in LA

    Great...then Hillary will be blamed for costing the Democrats the election in 2008. It was pretty much handed to us by GWB. Do you really think that Hillary wants to be remembered for all of her spiteful angry supporters that were so supportive of their Democratic candidate that they voted for a Republican? I think she would prefer to leave her legacy as a woman that got far, fought hard, and was able to rally the Democratic party to a strong victory.

    And she will be far more useful in the Senate with a Democratic president in charge.

    June 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. John Smith

    This mentality goes to show the "educational and emotional" levels of the Hillary's voters. I would like to respect "all" fellow DEMS, but this level of responsibility leaves me in total shock!

    June 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. Bob

    People this stupid would have voted Republican anyway.

    June 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. anonymous

    @everyamericans, I want to see how YOUR SORE LOOSER will win without us. Take out your calculator and multiply 18,000,000 by 0.4 to figure out that 7,200,000 people will be subtracted from Obama's total number of votes. ( 23% WILL VOTE FOR McCain and another 17% will stay home=40%) Doesn't seem like a small number to me. WE HAVE A NETWORK NOW OF 80 WEBSITES FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND TALK ABOUT THINGS AND PLAN TO VOTE AGAINST YOUR BABY BOY!!! GET READY TO LOOSE BIG TIME!!!

    June 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. MurphyMorseJohnson

    If gender voters want to, they can vote for the Republican economy�higher priced gas and energy, escalating mortgages, escalating food prices, less regulation over health and safety, joblessness instead of jobs, health bills instead of health, and global warming. They can also vote to support the indefinite spending of trillions more in Iraq and adding to countless lives lost. That will be that their privilege.

    However, for the good of America, we will vote Democrat, Democrat, and MORE DEMOCRAT !!!

    June 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    Will somebody please point me to the website where all the bitter conservative Republicans are threatening to vote Democratic this year because McCain got their nomination? What's that you say – that website doesn't exist?

    I guess that's because Republicans have too much respect for themselves and their country to actively vote against what they see as their own and their country's best interests. Instead of throwing a big fit and picking up their ball and going home, they maturely resolve to try to influence McCain in a constructive way if they seem him going astray (in their eyes) when he is president.

    It's pretty sad when it can honestly be said that manipulative and self-serving sophists like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and Laura Ingraham have more integrity than you.

    June 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Wang LI

    Go Obama !

    June 13, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |

    I apologize for for the previous typo Jack...

    June 13, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. ben

    What a pathetically sore loser. Hillary lost legitimately and because of her own shortcomings. Boo-hoo-hoo. What a laughable person.

    June 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. P, CA

    This PUMA thing is just hate, pure and simple. 'Nuff said.

    June 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. Impartial Jury

    Wow. What a loser. Any Democrat who supports McCain because Hillary lost is a fool. A third Bush term can not happen.

    June 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. Alice

    Hillary better come out of seclusion and set the record straight. SOON.

    Or it will be her fault if we get 4 more years of Republican rule.

    June 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. An Independent Hillary

    Face it. Obama does not have the experience that Hillary has. Yet less than qualified men constantly gain good jobs over more qualified women. Absolutely nothing has changed in this world.

    Will the arrogant Obama grow into the greatest President this land has ever seen?

    Or will McCain lead us all into the pit of World War 3 and appoint judges to reverse Roe v Wade?

    I don't like the looks of this...

    June 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. The Mid West Sends a Message

    In his St. Paul victory speech, Barack Obama pledged again to pull out of Iraq. Rather than "continue a policy in Iraq that asks everything of our brave men and women in uniform and nothing of Iraqi politicians. ... It's time for Iraqis to take responsibility for their future."

    This is the kind of lies that Obama is quite familiar with. He will lie to get in the White House, then he will come up and say, "Well, we have to stay in a little longer." Obama will tax us also.

    I suggest, if you value the truth and your wallet go to JohnMcCain.com and sign up for a stake in a new America.

    June 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. H.Skank

    What a loser

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

    And this is why he is starting a group that doesn't want Obama to be president. Look jerk, vote for who you want but don't lie about it.

    I'll be casting my vote for Obama. I don't agree with everything the party has to say, but I'll support him. And if by chance liars like this dude prevail and McCain is elected, then Roe v Wade will be overturned which was the only reason I supported the Republicans so long before abandoning them 4 years ago.

    Vote for whoever you want and I will do the same. There are benefits no matter how this turns out but recognize this, if you vote for McCain, any deaths in Iraq from the time he takes office are on your head.

    June 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    What was that? A group of females who idolized Clinton and hate Obama? Their group is called PUMA. Pre menstrualy upset men hatred alliance?

    June 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Alex

    Who the heck is Bower? Whoever he is, he has the same name as my Pitbull whose name I now have to change.

    June 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. Jan

    Democrats face the music , WE NEED HER to win and get us out from under Bush. The candidates are close in views and the jabs were not close to what Republicans are going to do. She is more than worthy, shes has EARNED an invitation to the Vp job. If your man is close to what you say he is HE BETTER ASK.

    June 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. kay


    June 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. CM

    This nut should probably consider leaving the country!!! What an idiot as is anyone else intending to vote Republican just because Hillary is not the nominee. What happend to party loyalty? Idiots!

    June 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. H.Skank

    BTW, if McCain wins due to the anti-Obama Hillary fans, Hillary will lose AGAIN in 4 years because payback is hell!

    June 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. Mike

    PUMA ? Pre menstrual, upset, man hatred, alliance ? Get over it ladies. Das Grupen Fuhrer Bower is just using you for his nazi racist agenda.

    June 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. wyoming dem

    then why doesn't he change parties???????

    June 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  25. DC

    Anybody who claims to have supported Hillary and now says they are going to vote for McCain has a hidden agenda. I believe some of them, like Bower and the members of 'Justs Say No Deal," the other group he helped launch are liars and supported McCain all along, but are trying to lure Hillary supporters to vote for McCain with their false message. The American people rejected Hillary's negative message and backed Obama's positive message. Hillary would have done better is she had talked about her vision instead of focusing on attacking Obama. Just like Hillary, these people with their negative message will be rejected. People resort to attacking others when there is really no substance to their own position. If somebody shares their vision for why McCain should be president, by all means give them the respect to hear their point. If somebody simply trashes the other side, but has no vision to share, you should suspect their motives.

    June 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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