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. What if?

    "If parties won't uphold democratic principles; who will?"
    Thank God he isn't what principles are about..,,,,,..... This type of bad anger and bad attitude is SCARY..........To....kim hussein taylor portland, oregon...I'm sure many will agree with your comment.



    June 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Ed Florida

    I don't get it, on the issues Clinton and Obama are almost the same compared to McCain. I can understand being frustrated, and not liking Obama that much, but why would you want to support some who on the issues is no where near your first choice.

    It doesn't make sense. I understand your upset, but think about what you are doing. How does this make Clinton look? She is supporting the party, and she is supporting Obama, you aren't supporting her now.

    I agree the Democrats in Florida got Screwed by the Republican Gov, and Legislator, by pushing up our primary, and then the DNC punished just the Florida Democrats by saying they won't count our votes, but I'm not going to start voting Republican now, they got us in this mess to begin with.

    Will that is what you are doing, playing right into their hands, America can't take another Bush Presidency.

    June 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Ken

    jt - I can understand your apprehension in voting for an unexperienced candidate. But note that it did not stop you for voting for Bush, twice! Now, all of a sudden, lack of experience is important to you? You partisan, hypocritical hack.

    The difference with Obama is that he actually has the brains to analyse situations and come to sound conclusions. The neo-puppet YOU put in office couldn't outthink a flounder - Cheney and the neo-cons got everything they needed from the neo-clown.

    You neo-morons really entertain me! What a comedy show on thought processes you guys put on.

    June 13, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. George

    No traitor shall ever enjoy peace! This is the Judas among democrats!

    June 13, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. NoMcSame

    See ya wouldn't wanna be ya. Don't let the door knob hit ya where the good Lord split ya.
    Who cares? 99% of the people don't even know who he is. Give me news please.

    June 13, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Warren Dukes

    Look around and see the high cost of everything and your salary has not been boosted at an all time rate.

    June 13, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. PCS / North Carolina

    "The group is predominantly comprised of female Clinton supporters, said Bower. "

    Does it ring a bell !!

    June 13, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Ilene MI

    Another nut case supporting Hillary. Where do these people get their ideas?? The DNC was generous to give Florida and MI half their delegates. Hillary being the only one on the ticket in MI makes it a far fetched example of fairness to get all the delegates in that state.
    Clinton lost for one reason and one reason only. She played dirty and she lies and she was a VERY poor example of a respectable politicain. I get sick of hearing it was because she was a woman. It was because she was a dirty rotten lying woman who was vindictive and selfish.

    June 13, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. carrie bama

    seriously,who cares?
    hillary threw away all morals when she violated rule no 11.
    so goodbye,
    and pls dont just vote for mccain,pls vote for hitler,too
    i dont care

    June 13, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Bill

    Obama will never get my vote.

    Change should have been a woman in the White House.

    Hillary had the experience for a change: America blew it.

    June 13, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Dems Unite

    Go ahead, vote for McCain, put him in office and live with another 4 years of Bush policies – and worse – as he appoints supreme court justices who take away even more of our rights. I am fortunate enough to be able to survive another 4 years of this nonsense. Pro Choice really isn't an issue for me any more. All of you whiney babies who choose to go this path better be ready to deal with it. Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

    June 13, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. No


    Clinton to McCain

    June 13, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. rachel

    Yeah its funny that mrs obama said she didnt know if she would support clinton if she won, now everyone expects people just to jump on the bandwagon that is Obama.

    June 13, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    And Now What? He must don't have any women in his life. He is voting for all of their rights to be removed.
    Go ahead dummy and vote for McCain. 'Too bad the saying is "too old to vote" for you it should be "too dumb to vote"

    Go Obama 08

    No Billary and No Bayh for VP
    CNN, I guess since I added this last line, you won't post (LOL)

    June 13, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Sharon Minnesota

    After 30+ years of Democratic loyalty, I am also leaving the party behind with their extreme ideology. However, I'm not agreeable with the profanity used by this guy. McCain is a great man with great ideas. Don't let all the Obama scare tactics fool you. You should be afraid of him and his Chicago style politics.

    P.S. R.I.F. You should be on medication for that case of mental illness you are suffering from (paranoia).

    June 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Jim

    maturity level about that of an 8 yr old.

    June 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Chris

    How selfish of so many Clinton supporters to let the appointment of supreme court justices hang in the balance, to allow our troops to die in Iraq, to allow our education system to crumble, to see health care costs rise, to promote inequality among sexes, races, and sexual orientations, to see the image of the US continue to be blackened across the world...and all to "show" the Democratic party and Barack Obama, whatever that means. This is nothing but cutting off the nose to spite the face. People like this man are traitors to the United States of America – they'll sacrifice the country just to get their way. No wonder they're going to vote Republican in November.

    June 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Sarah

    The entire concept of forming a "PUMA" party is quite CHILDISH. I suppose a few people feel that their sense of entitlement was taken from them and in order to balance these feelings they show out, pout, and pout some more. And, "Oh Yeah, I'm a PUMA" Pathetic!

    June 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Tonya, Richmond, VA

    in other words...

    the man is threatned by a black man and doesnt want to see him president...

    I'VE NEVER seen people jump to the other side of the spectrum because they candidate didnt make it.


    its crazy. there are more deep seeded issues as to why no one wants to vote for him



    June 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Josh, WA

    The Democratic party betrayed the democratic system by imposing sanctions on Florida and Michigan, by giving them only 1/2 their vote?

    How did the Republican party handle Florida? Oh yeah, by imposing sanctions and giving them only 1/2 their vote! People like Will Bower need to stop agitating our citizenry and respect the rules which must be maintained in order to ensure a legitimate democratic process.

    Exactly what democratic principle would be upheld by creating a system for the execution of a legitimate and accountable public vote, only to allow that system to be violated by any person or state government without penalty?

    June 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Val

    Excuse me donna. Michigan's Governor is a Democrat Jennifer Granholm, do some research before pointing fingers and don't blame Republicans for everything that happens (and doesn't happen to you).

    June 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. What if?

    Chrissy, TX June 13th, 2008 4:25 pm ET...You are not alone. I am just waiting for Novmember to come so me and my whole family can vote for McCain. Like McCain said today in his town hall meeting in New Jersey, the American people first before their party. God bless Hillary, McCain and America!

    June 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. matt from NY

    Who the heck is Will Bower?

    Hillary herself clearly stated on numerous occasions that both her and Obama both shared nearly the same exact vision for this country.

    The 21 debates they had started to get petty and boring because they could not debate the issues... they were just to similar.

    Why would anyone vote against their beliefs just because their choice for office did not get selected??? That moronic notion goes beyond throwing a temper tantrum.... it's just plain backwards thinking.

    I agree that Obama does not have as much experience as Hillary or McBush.... but who here can't name 5 super successful presidents whose only experience was a term as Govenor?

    I was a republic until these primaries. I would have been happy to support Hillary but I really grew to appreciate Obama. The man studied Constitutional Law at HARVARD!!! He was a state senator as well as a US senator.

    If there was ever a time for a candidate to have strong constitutional values, a desire to change the way we think about politics, and an undeniable stance on the war in Iraq.... it is right now.

    I will cast my vote this election for a Democrat. I am proud to support Obama and I urge all McCain and Hillary supports to have hope and strength and vote for Obama.

    Matt from NY
    Former Blue Collar Republican Male

    June 13, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. carrie bama

    you pple are so delusional.
    where is hillary?
    hanging her head in shame
    if u want to whine,and moan abt it
    pls ur free
    but spare us ur ignorance on this page.
    whine at home or at ur factory jobs
    if u havnt noticed,its beteween obama and maccain now
    so just shut up abt it,already

    June 13, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Robert - Atlanta

    Can you say racism is brewing. No one has any reason as to why they wont vote for Obama. His principles and ideas are in alignment with Clinton and the only thing you can throw at him is the "experience" tag line......Give me a break. Why dont you just come out and say it! The whole lot of you are either racist for your comments not to vote for Obama becasue not one of you can specify one other thing other than "experience" that makes him different from Clinton. The old white sheets will be coming out soon I bet for the PUMA group and by the way....PUMA is a trademarked name! I see that going away VERY QUICKLY!

    June 13, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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