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. The Lady

    For all the EX Clinton supporters please just go right ahead and vote for McCain, I am sick of hearing your threats. The race was over almost two weeks ago and obama won can we just move on. We get it you don't like Obama and you will never vote for him.

    June 13, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Jim in San Jose

    Poor Will Bower. The sad little child's candidate lost and now he's going to take his marbles and go home and pout. We should all pat him on the head and wish him well.


    Hillary agreed to the rules at the beginning of the race and when they no longer suited her, she tried her best to change them. Obama didn't win, Hillary lost, by her own and her team's own admission.

    Obviously Mr. Bower isn't suffering like the rest of the country under Bush, or he wouldn't be throwing his temper tantrum. Where is Super Nanny when you need her?

    June 13, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. Roscoe Drywall

    This is a very weak article about a sad egomaniac and a few self righteous prigs. It is not news and belongs in "People" or "The National Enquirer."

    The article claims, '“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.'

    There is no substantiation for the claimed two million voters, but if McCain should win, I look forward to watching them celebrate Hilary's "victory" at his inaugural ball.

    June 13, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. byron l

    how can they want unity from the democratic party but they are crossing over? this is just ignorance! Obama won! if Clinton would've won i'd vote for her. get over it.

    June 13, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Erika, KS

    It's not that we're going to McCain out of spite, rather he is the more experienced candidate. Obama isn't. Obama is not the best candidate.

    June 13, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Alex B.

    I will look at the issues as soon as Senator Obama's HUGE character flaws get out of the way!

    June 13, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Doug from PA

    I wanted Hillary too, but not enough to vote for McCain and risk another four or eight years of a republican administration that has led us down the wrong path economically, Foreign policy wise, and with respect to balancing our security with the constitution. If for no other reason than the Supreme court justices that will be nominated, I will honor Hillary's endorsement and stand firmly behind Sen. Obama.

    June 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. L Stewart

    Not a chance Mr. Obama. We will support you Sen. McCain.
    Former Clintor suppoters.

    June 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  9. Eric


    June 13, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Mr. AL

    I am a Hillary supporter and I am African American and that being said, I will vote for McCain because he is the best choice we have. I do not share OBAMA's Liberal views and he is just too inexperienced to run our nation.

    June 13, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. Just Sayin..

    Just proves people have nothing better to do with their time. First off this is rediculous and childess. Bower will be responsible for ruining this country like every other GOP memeber.

    I ask you one question bower...HOW CAN YOU SLEEP WITH YOURSELF AT NIGHT?

    Any McCain supporter deserves all thats coming...

    June 13, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. kayla

    for all you bitter hillary supporters, why don't you and mcsame pay her debt. if you really want to help her? bunch of cry babies. voting for mcsame will not help her.

    June 13, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Drewman

    Wake me up when they form the Romney Voters for Obama group, to go along with the Rev. Hagee Supporters for Democrats and the Mike Huckabee Lovers for Barack. Look, I get it- you supported a candidate who didn't win. Every candidate and every candidate's team knew the ground rules for the election well before it started. Obama's campaign ran a smarter race than Hillary's group, but that is all hindsight. It all boils down to Iowa and her third place finish. If she had just skipped Iowa if the caucuses weren't her strong suit, she wouldn't have given Barack and Edwards any momentum. But to say that you'd rather lose the White House and continue the same policies that have Democrats so energized is S-T-U-P-I-D. And what goes around comes around. Who do you think will get the blame should Obama lose in November? Remember how Democrats were running through lilly fields with joy at the quality of their presidential candidates back in the fall of '07 and at the start of the primary season? It changed when Hillary's campaign became negative and divisive. So if he loses and she runs in 2012, don't count on his supporters helping her at all. That is why you'll see her doing everything she can to get him elected, but Mr. Bower and his crew just don't get it.

    June 13, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. John

    This guys an idiot, plain and simple, and it's a joke that CNN would promote this kind of BS. How can a person that supported Hillary actually turn around and support everything Hillary DOES NOT stand for. This is hypocrisy at it's root, and clearly an act of desperation by a pathetic, cry baby that didn't get his way. More would be expected of a 12 year old spoiled brat. ENOUGH SAID.

    Here's a guarantee for everyone.... If Barack Obama is perceived to lose the Presidential race because of bitter Hillary supporters doing an about face, Hillary will never, NEVER, EVER have an opportunity to run for President again. No party, or non-party, would ever be stupid enough to risk it.

    American politics, NO WAY! Unless you are trying to suggest Americans are all a bunch of low life hypocrites like this guy.

    June 13, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. No

    Sunny florida,

    Pepople like you just disgust me........don't expect that from educated typical-white.

    June 13, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Dedrick from Atlanta (in Portland)

    To Oscar P (among others): "This is the first democracy where majority does not rule, where people's rights are counted as half votes."

    Get real. This not the reason you are "objecting" to Barack Obama becoming the nominee for the Dems. If the supers overturned the true popular vote winner (where would that leave the 18 million + 1 voters who voted for Barack? This has never been a majority rule democracy. Infact we only call the US a democracy; it is truly a republic. Look up the difference betwenn the two. Majority rule didn't help Gore did it?

    If you want to complain, then do something other than casting your vote for McCain. Instead do something about the electoral college for starters. Then work to reforms all voting events within our Great Nation.

    June 13, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. W Sellnow

    We, Women here in CA, will support you, sen. McCain. Either Hillary Clinton or McCain.

    June 13, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Yes We Can

    Sad. It's funny how the rules were perfectly fine with everyone going into this thing and once Hillary was getting punk'd, all of a sudden people ar crying foul. And how can the Hillary supporters honestly take credit for Mich & FL when Obama didn't even go there. Who's to say those are the numbers you would have gotten had all things been equal. She should have won but didn't. If her game was all that, she should have CRUSHED Obama. I was for Hillary long before Obama came along but his message of something new & better got me. I don't care how much exprience you have, there's no way to get experience for the job exept by doing the job. And as far as experience goes, we've had experienced people in the WH and look what that has gotten us. I like McCain, would have voted him over Bush or Kerry cause he's really just and old salty version of Obama in my mind, something new. I'm not voting for Obama because he's black like me, I'm voting for him because hopefully he'll try something new. I'd rather have hope than the b s we've been getting.
    This guy is pathetic and a sore loser. Use some common sense and be real. I'll take my chances with the guy with the funny name vs the bitter chick any day

    June 13, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. Scott

    Anybody who claims to be a Clinton backer and doesn't follow who she emphatically endorses, is not a Clinton backer at all. They are letting their own bitterness get in the way of what they know to be right. What a waste. We need everyone! There can be no question that Obama is the candidate most similar to Clinton left. How could you vote for anyone else?

    June 13, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. myrtle

    obama appears to be fake to me im a hillary voter and now i will vote McCain

    June 13, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Don't you wish some of these people could have an out of body experience so they could see just how ridiculously immature they look? Geez, maybe the DNC needs some work, but what was done was done fairly. Can you imagine if they would have done something to override the support Obama has? He won the majority of delegates, the most states, tied with the popular vote or won it depending on the measurement used, had the support of the superdelegates. If you use Michigan as your catalyst for complaints, that's just plain immature. Obama followed what the DNC expected. Clinton was the only one who defied and left her name on the ballot. It would never have been fair to give that entirely to her. Those that say they are voting for McCain as a result are very immature and selfish. Obama and Clinton stood side by side on issues. By the way, the Republican Committee didn't give full delegations to the states that defied the rules either. They were seated at 50% too...so your arguement to follow McCain as the more respected party lacks quite a bit in common sense.

    why not admit that you are just angry, disappointed, but willing to support the candidate that MANY in the Democratic party support due to his stand on the issues; which are identical to Clintons but worlds apart from McCains.

    June 13, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. Marie

    Yes indeed, McCain will win and be a one term President.
    Hillary supporters will make sure it happens. I can't say that I blame them either.

    June 13, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. Texas Independent

    I see the same 100 – 200 bitter Clinton supporters on these sites talking about the millions that will vote for McCarin this November. Most of the Clinton supporters are people with common sense and will vote with their party in November.

    Perception is key here, if Obama lose in November and these supporters appears to have a hand in it, Hillary is doomed in 2012, if Obama wins and his supporters feel they win without her supporters, she is also doomed in 2016 (especially if he lose re-election in 2012). This is not a good place for her supporters to put her in, fortunately, it is a small group, but they can damage their candidate for the future

    June 13, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. Lisa from Austin TX

    Texas allows write-ins and it's going to be Hillary. I cannot vote for either Obama or McCain. I can't stomach the thought of either of them even though McCain is not the worst Republican they could drag up out of the muck. Obama's followers are clueless sheep, too lazy or too dumb to realize he is nothing but a con-artist. Makes me sick. What suckers. Baaaaaaa.

    June 13, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  25. Paula Diane bitterness the root of all evil

    Clinton supporters who are truly this bitter that they would vote for a man (McCain) who does not carry one shred of the beliefs of Hillary or the Democratic party..you sound like a bunch of kids fighting in the school ground! Wake up people.. this golden chance of retaking the white house will not return any time soon.. your country is falling to bits around you and that had nothing to do with Barack Obama so give your heads a shake. This is not a dress rehersal.. get real. Alberta Canada

    June 13, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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