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. AG

    TO ALL YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS......LETS GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. OBAMA WON THE PRIMARY BECAUSE OF CAUCASES WHICH ARE NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPEAKING. THEY ARE PARTY INSIDERS WHO SIT AROUND THE TABLE AND DECIDE.THEY SHOULD BE ABANDONED AND THERE SHOULD BE PRIMARYS IN EVERY STATE. I MEAN HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO WIN THE PRIMARY IN A STATE LIKE TEXAS AND LOSE THE CAUCASES? I SAY STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN WILL BOWER AND I TOO WILL SUPPORT JOHN MCCAIN BECAUSE I KNOW ITS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
    FORMER HILLARY SUPPORTER NOT FOR AN OBOMINATION
    OUR NEXT PRESIDENT:
    JOHN MCCAIN 08
    I AM TOO PROUD OF MY COUNTRY

    June 13, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. CJ

    Hillary Only and Chrissy, Tx:

    Do you both smoke the same brand of crack or what?

    June 13, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    Why is this guy talking about principles?
    Hillary is the one who kept trying to change the rules.

    And one more thing about women who will vote for McCain,

    Do you know this guy left his first wife after she got into an accident
    He always votes against women, you know that stuff like equal pay, birth control, mamogram screenings.

    Check it out, his record on voting for women is SCARY.

    June 13, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Obama supporter and true Democrat

    Democratic principles thrown out? You've got to be kidding me.

    The winner WON. The loser LOST. you want the loser to win?
    Let's say that ALL the delegates were seated from Florida and Michigan, and that no delegates were awarded to Obama for Michigan. He would have STILL BEEN IN THE LEAD. And yes, he would have still had the superdelegate support to win the nomination. What would you have said then? "Well, he's black, so he shouldn't have won!!"

    You may laugh at how silly that sounds, but that is nothing compared to how silly you "McCain supporters" sound. You are going to be voting for someone that shares none of the same values as you do, instead of someone who shares basically ALL of the same values? Would you vote against your family just to get back at one of your family members?

    I'll stop there. I just want to let you know that you Clinton-turned-McCain supporters are betraying Hillary Clinton. Good job!! That's something to be proud about!!

    June 13, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. PCS / North Carolina

    Yes, if the "Predominant female clinton supporters" wants Hillary or any female President in the future, they better get behind Obama. Or else they will not see a African american male or a European American female president ever.

    June 13, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Jeffrey B. Rose

    In view of the fact that the policy differences between Senators Clinton and Obama are almost nonexistent, these people must be racists or fools or both. They claim to be for democracy, but they cannot handle the fact that their candidate lost; send them to a gulag somewhere.

    June 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Tonya, Richmond, VA

    AND WHAT KILLS ME IS THAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING THE DNC IS FORCING OBAMA DOWN YOUR THROATS..WHAT BS!! IF YOU ARE A TRUE DEMOCRAT, ONCE YOUR CANDIDATE OF CHOICE IS OUT, THE NEXT THING TO DO WOULD BE TO VOTE FOR THE LAST STANDING. IVE NEVER IN MY LIFE SEEN THIS PARTY SO DIVIDED..WHY..BECAUSE HE'S BLACK!

    June 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. barbara

    I suspect Will Bower and many of the posters here are neocons who are trying to persuade Democrats to vote for McCain. They never wanted Hillary to win the general election, only the Democratic nomination so that McCain could win the general.

    Anyone who backed Hillary but votes McCain never cared about Hillary's positions on the issues.

    June 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Robert

    How immature.

    June 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Carol, WI

    I've been to the PUMA site and it is the same dozen or so people who are in fantasyland making comments about how they can sabatoge the election so Hillary can run in 2012. As all of you say you will not forget about the treatment of Hillary come November, I remind you nearly 18 million people also voted for Obama and we will not forget come 2012 who is to blame if Obama loses this fall. If that happens, Hillary won't even be able to keep her senate seat much less run for POTUS again. Get back to reality.

    June 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Marc

    I would like someone, PLEASE – ANYONE, to explain to me how they think the Democratic Primary was unfair. Seriously, I want a Clinton supporter to tell me HOW the primary was unfair. I keep hearing this, and keep scratching my head. Florida and Michigan were punished for holding their primaries early. Both candidates agreed to it in advance, and agreed that those delegates would not be seated at the convention. Barack Obama won more states, delegates, AND the popular vote (as you know, he was not on the ballot in Michigan because it was NOT GOING TO COUNT). Since the race was so close, the DNC decided to seat half of the FL and MI delegates to make people happy. The DNC did not screw things up, FL and MI did!!!! What is so hard to see about this??? Obama had to deal with his pastor (two of them) saying some stupid, stupid things – none of which came directly out of his mouth at ALL. Hillary definitely had sexist things throw at her too. They both had obstacles to overcome. I want to hear a legitimate reason as to why ANYONE thinks Hillary got cheated. It baffles me, 100%. And if you are seriously thinking of voting for John McCain, you honestly have zero idea what you are talking about - or are a racist. One or the other. Let's hear from you.

    June 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Billiam

    Hillary and McCain have one thing in common, race. hmmmmm.
    Let's not bring up experience. Look at what 8 yrs of experience has given us. Being a POW does not make you a good military leader.
    Bush served in the military–Need I say more?

    June 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Reality Check

    And all the talk about finding out stuff on Obama is dumb as well because you won't. People who wish things on others winds up happening to them. It is pathetic that you cannot vote for Obama because he is Black. You really should leave the country and form the United States of Racists. If the only thing you can attack Obama with is lies, petty rumors and hopeful dirty information on him then you gays and butches are up a creek without a paddle. Like I said before, come november you will be kissing Obamas butt. You were losers in the primary and you will be losers in the general. You all know how to pick the loser huh? First Hillary and now Mccain. Any attack bounces right off Obama and makes the attacker look stupid so keep it up, you only make yourselves look dumb. Oh and vote against your interest if you want. when your jobs get taken away and given to India, I will be laughing at you and riding by in my BMW. I might give you some change but its to many bums out on the streets already. You all will just have to get a job abd stop begging me for my change.

    June 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. ladyatlaw2

    lOOK EVERYONE ITS LIKE THE CELTICS LAST NIGHT UP AGAINST THOSE AGED VETS.YyOUTH BEATS EXP AND DEFINATELY BEATS IGNORANCE...GO OBAMSA GO CELTICS..STOP WHININ

    June 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. fairandstraight

    I am so glad the God's eyes are on the sparrow. This man has issues. Be very careful the GOP does not uncover more of Sen. Clinton's dirt by the convention.

    If he had issues with the democratic process of election a nominee, then he should have be in McCain's camp from the beginning. The DNC was fair with Florida and Michigan. I am sorry that so many people are willing to sit back and support states that break the rules of the party while overlooking states that abided by the rules. According to the vote in all fifty states, there were just as many people that do not and did not want Sen. Clinton as well. We are citizens of the United States as well. No one wronged Sen. Clinton. I am sorry that people invested so much in getting the Clinton's back in the whitehouse over the past ten years. If this man was a true Democrat, he would never try to campaign against Sen. Obama. This sounds like a personal agenda at work to me.

    May God be with you Sen. Obama. This campaign reminds me of how people reacted when the walls of segregation was about to be torn down. It's a shame that people think the white house is for "whites only." Sen. Clinton does not have any real experience that qualifies her to be a better president than Sen. Obama. According to their voting records, there is just a very small difference. Furthermore, when you look at their records, you would think Sen. Obama was the 60 year old with more experience. She voted for the war and supports the gas tax holiday scheme.

    McCain has admitted to the lack of knowledge on economy and has shown that he is a warmonger, yet fake democrats are willing to support him out of spite to the DNC for not giving Hillary the nomination. Sen. Obama was less than 30 delegates short of the nomination while Sen. Clinton was over 200 delegates short, and people think she won. Maybe by mid-summer, it will get hot enough to unfreeze their brains.

    June 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. Samuel

    PUMA or no PUMA it is still OBAMA.
    Yep....who cares about PUMA? I do not know of any single PUMA among my numerous friends who voted for Hilary. They say they will vote for OBAMA just because they are worried about the economy and trust that OBAMA will deliver. That is why they will vote for him.

    And, if you care to know, they have plans to ask their families and friends to vote for OBAMA for a change that All Americans Can Trust.

    I voted for Hillary and I will vote for OBAMA. How about that? Pretty Awsome, eh.

    June 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. American Voter

    Once upon an election dreary, democrates cried, their eyes all teary,
    Over delegates lost, and ridiculous claims of ill begotten lore–
    Whilst I chuckeled, almost laughing, instantly there came a clapping,
    The roar of Democrats snapping, yapping about this endless bore.
    "Tis just polotics", I muttered, "flapping gums of endless bore–
    Only this, and nothing more."

    Quote this voter "NEVER MORE"

    Ya'll need to stop crying and start worrying about the real issues...It doesn't matter who gets in office, nothing is going to change...we'll keep losing our rights, and get taxed into the poor house. Then we'll lose our medical benefits and having nothing left to retire on.

    June 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Justin Rankin

    Home she left in January 1993? what are they talking about? The home she left on January 20th 2001 is what they mean.

    June 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. ALLBAMALLTHETIME

    Poor. Uneducated.Miserable.Adults.
    Pissy.Unyielding.Mindless.Aggravants

    June 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Republican for LIFE!

    Hey, we don't want hilbillies and her supporters. The thought of you guys switching over to our side makes us wanna puke! You can keep your lousy vote, we don't need ya!

    June 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    what a JERK....

    June 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. RP in Minneapolis

    Brilliant! So, you obviously believed in Clinton's message and plans. Obama's are very similar. But, as a result of your own selfishness in not getting your exact candidate into the general election, you will vote for the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of Clinton? Does this really make sense??? This is ignorant at best!

    June 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Shelley Uva

    If you supported Hillary Clinton and now plan to vote for John McCain, you are a fool. John McCain is not a maverick or an independent – he is a deeply conservative Republican who is anti-choice, pro-Iraq war and totally clueless about the economy. McCain may have once stood against the Bush White House, but he is now totally a part of it. If you are angry at the Democratic Party, then send emails to get rid of Howard Dean but don't vote against your own prinicples. Obama's positions are almost identical to Hillary's, and Hillary was not cheated out of anything. The Obama campaign just had a better strategy. I am a former supporter of Hillary Clinton. I would have liked to see a woman president, but more than anything, I want to see a Democrat in the White House and if you are a Democrat (or an Independent or what used to be called a moderate Republican), you should feel that way too.

    June 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Confused Canuck

    "Holds out hope that the GOP will uncover potentially harmful information"

    After 8 disastrous years and now finally, standing at the precipice of desperately needed, real, generational change, this guy wants to blow the whole thing up because he didn't get his way.

    Americans (Democrats, Independents and Conservatives) need to take a step back and look at where their country is, and how much the world is desperate for their leadership.

    Rise above it. The world is waiting.

    June 13, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Trey L.

    If the man really feels that way let him go! Yeah, dude catch fire!
    We in the democratic party are better off without your whining a-!
    Grow up! You can't even respect the things your girl Hillary stood for.....again be gone. Catch Fire Dude Catch Fire!

    June 13, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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