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. JMA

    How EVIL!!!

    June 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. DAVID

    PUMA!!!
    PUMA!!
    PUMA!!

    SO MUCH FOR OUR AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
    YOU PICK AND CHOOSE WHICH VOTES TO COUNT TO GET YOUR GUY ELECTED...JUST LIKE HOW SADDAM HUSSEIN IN IRAQ WON ELECTION

    PUMA!!!!

    June 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Because of how Clinton reacted throughout this entire campaign and afterwards and her followers has all but ruined her political careers. She won't even win reelection back in the senate, just watch and her supporters have helped to ruin her. HAHAHAHAHA

    June 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    What an idiot.

    June 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    WAAA WAAA WAAA!

    Honey, it's your turn to change his diaper! 🙁

    June 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Kyle South Carolina

    WOW!! YOU CALL YOURSELF A DEMOCRAT OR A CLINTON STAGEMAN? LOOK INTO THE MIRROR AND BE HONEST..........

    June 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Pat in Cali

    Is he angry at America, too, or is he just angry? or is he just stupid. He should have stayed on the Republican side of the fence.

    Case in point, all of you Clinton supporters who will back McCain are really Republican. The real Democrats will support the Democratic ticket.

    June 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Peter Damoah-Afari

    Hahahahahaha.................this is a cheap person and a looser. Who cares she or he can vote for McCain. There are so many intelligent people who will vote for Obama.

    June 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. AntiBrenda

    It was known all along that in the campaigns there were people who were not issue oriented democrats but racist pigs who care less about the issues or even their party affiliation but only their shallow selfish un-informed ends. Where does a guy like Bower stand? He behaves like a stone age creature and worse still he is trying to gather other people to be idiots like him. Shame on you Bower. This is the 21st century and yes, if you were looking for a certain color candidate then your party affiliation does not count. Go ahead and vote for next closer color but dont try to stupify people with your ludicrous excuses.

    June 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. chris (hartford, ct)

    So Hilary Clinton supporters are now choosing to vote for a conservative republican anti-pro choice, anti-gay civil rights candidate....out of spite? To show everyone what.... that they can be spiteful when they don't get their way? Thanks, really, after the last 17 months I had no idea.

    June 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. CJ

    This clown Bower is probably at the epitome of stupidity. A fool like this needs not to be in office because the popularity contest in his mind didn't go the way he wanted and he's upset. I'm sure many people are upset, but does that mean you choose the option of having our troops continue fighting in a war that should not have been authorized or waged for possibly another 100 years when McCain said on television not but a few days ago that he doesn't have a timetable for pulling our troops out and to him it it doesn't even matter? That wasn't a gaff, it was inline with what he has been saying and thinking all along. You mean to tell me that this fool Bower would want to put someone in power like McCain that has no inkling of the economy and how it's affecting Americans and has no idea of what he's going to do? I say to Bower and his followers more power to them and be gone with them.

    June 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. John Q

    how old is this guy? 12?

    politics may be too stressful for him if he's gonna be this upset over a losing bid

    btw, cnn:

    unless this guy is a superdelegate? this totally irresponsible reporting

    way to go

    June 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Warren Dukes

    The supporter who is turning to McCain is trully an idiot and the other s who follow him are as just as stupid and sick. McCain isn't our man open your eyes and Look around to what has occure under the preset administration.

    June 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. June

    Anger and bitterness like that is bad for your health and can lead to hypertension and heart disease... just a thought

    June 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. PA_man_in TX

    All those of you threatening to vote for McCain are silly and rebellious. We are democrats , we don't want DEMONCRATS in our party, you are free to form PUMA. Obama wins in November. Stop being racist and VOTE FOR CHANGE.

    I'm the PA man and I approve this message.

    June 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. FairMinded

    Good. That makes her feel better.

    June 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Jim

    Wait'll he overturns roe vs wade then we'll see what they'll be saying...idiots...the future they are willing to waste for their children...

    June 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Folks

    Please, please, don't let this guy get to you!!

    This is exactly why Hillary is keeping all of her delegates! This has been the plan from the time she realized that she would lose to Barack. Don't let the Clinton Big Chiefs fool you.

    Have you not noticed that Hillary is nowhere to be seen? She is in the background cooking up something, and hoping, (just like Bower is hoping)

    Don't think this is the last you are going to hear about this disgusting nonsense! They are trying every kind of smear and pressure to get Barack out of the race. There will be a lot more coming in the next few months! Believe me when I say that Hillary is lying low just waiting to pounce.

    But boy I would hate to me an American if she should somehow steal the Nomination from Barack. I can just see the rioting in the streets of America!

    Just listen to Bower's statement!....
    ===========================

    "He holds out the hope that the GOP will uncover potentially harmful information between now and then"

    "At that time the party might be desperate for another candidate"

    This is the only way that Hillary and her henchmen can win! They will do anything to win, by ANYTHING I mean they will concoct lies and pretend it is the truth.

    Please Barack Supporters keep your eyes and ears open and watch out for Barack and his family!

    June 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Marti, Plano, TX

    First of all, I understand that the PUMA "PAC" isn't a real PAC. More importantly, I really don't understand why this is news. Didn't we raise our kids to not be sour-grapes cry-babies? And finally, a lot if issues that are on the table (equal pay, choice, civil liberties) don't seem to be of particular importance to what I'm guessing is an average WASP with an axe to grind. Go cry in your latte, dude.

    June 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Under the radar, in Oregon

    I for one do not want women's rights, or should I put it, any ones rights to be taken away from them. McSame, imo, is not the right person for the country at this time. We need REAL change. How could someone that supposedly (sp?) support humanity back a Repub?!?!?!?

    June 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. Ron, LV

    I have no seen one good reason why so called experience matters. Chaney and Rumsfeld had more experience than anyone, and look at what they did. Judgment and the ability to inspire a lot more important than experience, especially bad experience. If the positions were reversed and Clinton had won, would they still be complaining about the process? If not, then they should not complain about it because their candidate did not win. They all played by the same rules and that is fair.

    June 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Lorraine Moser

    First, I am an Independent and not supporting anybody is this race. Having clarified that... you Obamabots just can't be civil, can you? Go ahead & continue writing such comments but remember...He's NOT President yet so stop calling people with a different opinion crybabies!!

    June 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Val

    Smart decision Mr. Bower.

    Together We Can! United We Will!

    McCain 08!

    June 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Chris

    Who is this irrelevant nobody, and why do we care? Is CNN going to cover every bitter malcontent spawned out of these primaries?

    June 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. FactCheck

    Angry bitter racists and a bunch of cry babies to boot. If McCain should win, I hope he can scrape their stain off the bottom of his shoes.

    June 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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