June 13th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
13 years ago

A Clinton backer turns to McCain


[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/08/art.clinton.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Hillary Clinton suspended her presidential campaign last week."]
(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.

WATCH: Hillary Clinton throw her support behind Obama

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. Dustin

    Wow. Clinton and her supporters are the ones threatening to destory this party and the nation. Do you like 100 years in Iraq? Do you women like Roe v. Wade? Do you want to pay $8 for a gallon of gas in two years? If so then please vote McCain. That's what you're voting for when you do. I think the phrase, "Can't see the forest through the trees" is appropriate for Clinton supporters.

    June 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Beltway Insider

    This would be funny if it wasn't so sad. Can grown adults really be so shameless about acting like spoiled, petty, immature 4 year olds?

    Although I definitely pity anyone who would start, or belong to, a group like this. They must be very sad people in a lot of constant emotional pain.

    June 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Independent for Obama

    Wow. I think that hoping that the GOP will uncover something horrible against the candidate that played by the rules that the DNC made and won pretty solidly makes Mr. Bower a really bad person.

    June 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. julie mn


    June 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Obama 08

    So what policies is Mr Bower and the Puma supporters basing their new alliance on? Seems to me that everything Hillary Clinton ran on is counter to what McCain seems to be running on...though this changes almost daily.

    For example, he is now supporting the party which had the same delegate appropriation in Florida that the Republicans decided on.

    June 13, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Justice League

    So we're supposed to cower and fear to PUMA? Maybe we should start our own league called OBAMA (Obama Backers Against McCain Attacks). You're not a democrat if you support McCain, and you never were, don't kid yourself.

    June 13, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Sante

    Mr. Bower I and so many others are with you 100 %!
    DNC is cobplet disapointment!!!

    June 13, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. What?

    Anybody remember Zell Miller's speech at the 2004 RNC convention?

    June 13, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Evelyn

    The Democratic party did the same as the Republican party and gave both Florida and Michigan 1/2 vote for each delegate. Why can't people see how redicullous this is? While Clinton was a great candidate, she wasn't any more entitled to win than any other person. You have to play the whole game and in the end she came up short according to the rules that were set at the beginning of the race. If you want to have more of the Bush legacy of war and recession just vote for McCain.

    June 13, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. TJ in Texas (Dallas)

    Geeze, get over it. I don't get it. Rule are rules and Florida and Michigan broke them. WHat kind of worl dwould be live in if rules were made obsolete for certain people and situations?

    June 13, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    Brandon Hillary Democrat for McCain – after your cruel, cold posting on the death of Tim Russert, who cares what you do. You are sub-human.

    June 13, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. barackobama4prez

    This is NOT about Barack. Because Obama's positions and policies matched Hillary's, there are underlying reasons why Democrats won't support Barack. Either way, give your vote to the opposite of Hillary (McWar). That will sure show the DNC. What a moron. Hopefully the rest of America is fed up with GOP BS.

    June 13, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Blueray98

    Count me in. If Clinton is not at the top of the ticket, I feel much more comfortable with John McCain as president than Barack Obama. I never though I would ever vote republican, but the Obama team is one scary group of people.

    June 13, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. What?

    Mario From Jersey: How long did it take you to type all that, let alone come to that conclusion? I'm guessing since you're a guido from Jersey, a few hours. Ay- Oh!

    June 13, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. MelissaMinneapolis

    The Republicans made the SAME decision about dealing with delegates in those states so how is this in any way a protest vote?

    June 13, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. IndyVoter

    PUMA – The grave you dig for someone else will inevitably be the one you lie in...so sad...And by the way...Obama voters will remember this if Hillary tries to run in 2012 or thereafter. WE WILL NOT FORGET! Obama had 18,000,000 voters too and Hillary needs us to win any election she may try to run in as a Democrat or an Independent. So be careful how you treat people!

    June 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Glad to be an Independent

    Bower has every right to do what he wants. I do not find it helpful for voters to vote against their issues to protest the actions of a the DNC. Should the DNC not have done anythihg? Let all of the states just have their primaries on the same day. My state of South Carolina obeyed the rules so why could not Florida and Michigan. I am little tired of hearing about poor Florida and Michigan. There was a precess and they violated the rules. I wish the DNC has taken 1/2 of their delegates at the beginning like the Republicans. As far as re-votes, the big issue from the Obama camp were how would you handle Independents and Republicans. How can you hold an open primary and them when you re-vote have a closed primary where Independents and Republicans can not vote in them. Obama got allot of support from Independents and Republicans. That would not have been a fair re-vote. I am Independent and if were an Independent or Republican in those two states and I could not vote, then I would have been furious. The lesson to any state is that when you have RULES set out by either party, then OBEY THE RULES. STOP WHINING AFTER THE FACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Ray

    I'm a delegate to the Democratic Convention and Barack Obama will never get my vote. And, it is not the job of Hillary Clinton to sway voters to support Obama. It is Obama's job to look at the problems created by the Democratic party during the election and accept the fact that he is now the head of the Democratic party and he has to accept responsibility for its errors. I ran caucuses in some states and they are the most undemocratic process ever. Hillary's voters-the disabled, Seniors, single women with children, women who work during caucus hours are all disenfranchised by caucuses. The party MUST stop the states from using this process and acknowledge this election was flawed because of it. It must acknowledge it took away delegates from Hillary and gave them to Obama. It must acknowledge it broke the rules and the Rules committee met in private to work out deals. Howard Dean admitted there was sexism in the election but said nothing during the election, yet other politicians did speak up about the unfairness of racism. The was unfair to Hillary Clinton. Howard Dean should step down. Finally, Barack Obama must give Hillary Clinton the VP spot. He must do so because the party screwed up and he is now the head of the party. He is the man of change and healing, prove it.

    June 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. I Agree with Bower

    I could not agree with Bower more. The DNC bullied Hillary right out of the race by scratching off votes and pushing superdelegates to vote her out. Disgusting! Good for him for standing up for what's right, which doesn't happen with liberals very often.

    June 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Reality Check

    These foolish emotional filled Clinton supporters need to get over it. If they don't want to vote for Obama because he is black just say that instead of making up silly excuses. Be real. I will respect you more for being a bigot racists then an undercover one. But, still these foolish people will go ahead and throw away all their democratic values to vote for a Republican who will screw them in the end. Go ahead because the party needs you not. Go be with all the other Cons. You won't fit in because your probably a broke blue collar worker. In the end, Obama will win and folks like these people will have to bow down and accept who their leader is regardless if they like him or not. Get over it because that is what it will be. So, you Obama haters better start to like him now so at least it won't be a total blow to your little racist egos.

    June 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    They could vote for Nader or Barr if they want to. It's a free country.

    Don't let the doorknob hit you where the dog shoulda bit you! 🙂

    June 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Hussein Hussein, Husseinville

    It is quite shocking the lengths to which some people will go when they don't get what they want.

    I chalk this up to the videogame generation. It's all about winning and not the process or critical thinking.

    June 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Marie in California

    I'm with Will Bower 100%. He's right on target. I've been the PUMA link and a number of others that are similar in character.....Clinton supporters rallying around McCain.

    I've been a Hillary supporter but, after watching her treatment by the DNC thoughout the entire primary season, ending with the Rules Committee meeting in DC a few weeks ago, where they pushed, shoved and dragged Obama over the finish line.....well, I am through with the DNC and their hand-picked candidate.

    But I AM supporting McCain. He is a centrist and moderate (like me), a decent and honorable man with a good track record. I am putting both "Hillary for President" and "McCain for President" bumper stickers on my car. And my best summer attire will be either a Hillary t-shirt topped with a McCain button.....or a McCain t-shirt topped with a Hillary button. I have both.

    Personally, I can't believe people are dumb enough to vote for Obama!

    No Abomination in the Presidency!

    June 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Luis

    This is only the beginning Obamites.........................

    All your trash talking and the DNC's dirty tricks are "coming home to roost!"

    Hmmmm, who's Pastor said that once????????????????

    By the way, a recent poll showed that 10 out of 10 idiots support Obama. Came from as reliable a source as the Communist News Network so it must be gospel 🙂

    Peace Out Playas, LOL

    June 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Tom

    Bower can kiss my Irish American Arse. You're no Democrat, Mr. Bower; You are just a racist Democrap who looks like he's 15 years old. Anyone who would rather see a 72 year old guy who wants to stay at war for 100 years than see Obama president has no other excuse than being a flat out racist. But for someone in Oklahoma, I don't expect anything more than just that. Redneck. Good riddance... be gone with you.

    June 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25