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. BTHogan

    "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!"

    Unlike Mario, I don't support McCain, but I find this comment to be disgusting. CNN, you're complicit in this racist hate-mongering for publishing the comment.

    June 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Marc

    Keep fighting the good fight, Mr. Bower. It amazes me how so many of the Obama kool-aid drinkers are still trying to bully Hillary supporters into voting for this usurper.

    June 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Jeremy Swearingen

    I find it hilarious that people feel Hillary got robbed. Before she was losing she backed the DNC's decision to strip Florida and Michigan of their delegates. Before she was losing her campaign said the contest was about delegates, not primary vote. And any claim that she made about having more votes than Obama was very, very misleading (didn't give Obama any votes in Michigan and didn't count caucuses). You people who are so bitter need to get a grip.

    June 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Nikole

    Why would CNN give this man the time of day? Who is he? What has he ever done? No self-respecting woman, especially a woman for Hillary Clinton, would vote for McCain. That is an act of self-hatred.

    June 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. bob in L.A.

    Well, I gotta say, there are a lot of us out here who feel similarly.
    Hillary is a moderate, Obama an ultra liberal and McCain will appeal to many of the Hillary people.
    Personally i hope Mr. Bower thinks farter ahead than November and looks at the appointees for the Supreme Court and vote for sanity in the courts- not for a party or a man

    June 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Phil in KC

    What a whiny, sour grapes, turn-coat! He is so spiteful that he will turn against his own party and his own self-interests to support the very policies that Hillary has been fighting against. It's called cutting your nose off to spite your face. Dog in the manger attitude also comes to mind. I was raised to believe both were very bad behavior.
    If Obama loses this election because of the "disaffected" Hillary voters who chose to cross party lines and/or stay home, I guarantee you Hillary will not be the nominee in 2012. There will be such a back-lash against her, she won't come nearly as close as she did this year.

    June 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Roger from CA

    I really try not to get emotional about these persons who (allegedly) are Democrats but would vote for McCain over Obama, but this is just SHEER IDIOCY!

    As many folks have pointed out, Clinton and Obama are nearly identical as far as their policy positions.

    But this imbecilic drum beat of sore losers who invested themselves in the Clinton personality rather than the policies she and the party advocates is maddening!!

    Good God! Clinton supported the sanctions against FL and MI, and only "got religion" about their "dignity" when it served her ends! And I am so tired of these ridiculous complaints about systematic sexism, and trying to blame Obama for anything there might have been.

    McCain is NO answer for the issues that Clinton advocates.

    There were rules (including the exclusion of FL and MI) for determining the nominee that Clinton and her supporters knew from the start, and, by those rules, Obama won. So either support Obama or stop pretending you believe in the principles of the Democratic party.

    June 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Toni Castillo, Romeoville, IL

    Why should Hillary help Obama win the White House? He is a big guy he can do it himself. Shouldn't all the people, delegates/super delegates that voted and supported him to win the nomination continue to have faith in him??? Remember, Obama keeps saying that he is the only one that can bring change and unite the people. Then let him prove it!!!! Prove it that you don't need Hillary!!!

    As a Hillary supporter, I won't vote for Obama because he is a not for the "bitter" people. He is for the "rich".

    June 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Heather in Florida

    TJ in Texas – easy for you to say "rules are rules." the voters disenfranchised by the decision had NO CONTROL over when the primaries or who was on the ballot. Slavish devotion to rules does not promote the kind of freedom and respect for individualism that I thought our country was made of.

    June 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    To ALL Democrats – moderate or liberal, educated or uneducated, men or women, straight or gay, black, brown, or white, urban or rural, Clinton supporters or Obama supporters, and those in between:

    Please recognize the importance of putting Obama in the White House and keeping McCain out of it. This is hugely important on so many levels. John McCain just doesn't share our vision of change and progress in America, and with all due respect to him and his service to the country, he is not the best person for the job.

    Please vote with this in mind. This is our year. Let's band together and prove it.

    June 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. Puzzled

    I always vote for the rightward, most viable candidate. What is it with you democrats? Clinton and Obama both seem worthy of support if you're a democrat. I think you're becoming so accustomed to yelling "sexism" or "racism" and using them as bludgeons against everyone that doesn't agree with you that you forget and use them as bludgeons against yourselves.

    June 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Xavier, Saint Louis, MO

    Will Bower is a moron and those that follow PUMA are morons also! Obama's and Clinton's policies were very similar, especially compared to John McCain. How dump can you PUMA followers be?
    I hope you all suffer under John McCain. You bunch of racist, you deserve what you get!

    June 13, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Annette, Washington, DC

    Get over it. Had Clintion won, that would be the same message again, get over it. It's like children fussing because they did n't get their pick of the candy jar. To be upset with the DNC is foolish. The stakes are to high, in the end.

    June 13, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Bulldog

    I was an independent when this whole Presidential campaign kicked off. I am proud to call myself a Democrat now after seeing and listening to all of the dirt and lies from the GOP and Republicans. I like Barack Obama and don't trust a word coming from the GOP. They are mud slingers and liars. Not only will I now vote for Senator Obama but will vote entirely Democratic because of the low ball dirty lies and horrible things coming out of the Republican party. What I've seen is that the Republicans like to call names, make false accusations, lie, smear, and anything they can do to win. I'm sure there are some integral Republicans out there, but overall I am disgusted with this party as a whole. They will not get my vote both locally and nationally.

    June 13, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Who IS He

    Who exactly IS Barack Obama? Arrogant, condescending, no experience, flip-flopper with questionable character and judgment as evidenced by his choosing to maintain 20 year ties to some of the scariest people in our country? And we would want this guy to be our President? Sorry..but NO!

    PUMA People United Means Action PAC

    June 13, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Cici diAngelo

    Mr Bower, I feel your pain, so to speak. Sure, you wanted to support your party but understandably any right-thinking American does not want an unknown/untested person like Obama to be elected to lead our country. Hats off to you because you are doing something about your politics, not just complaining...a true American patriot you are!

    June 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Tim

    Idiot!! Enough said!!!

    June 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. RT

    Whaaaaaa!!! Whaaaaa!! Whaaaaaaa!!!

    Awe, does widdle baby need a diapy change?

    What a loser.

    June 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. marie

    All of you complaining about the DNC and their rules...you do realize that the RNC did the same thing to FL and MI dont you?

    June 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Dan , TX

    Well, thank God we know this is the low point for Obama. All the Clinton voters are polling for McCain and Obama still has a lead.

    June 13, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Abbey

    Obama's policies matched Hillary's because he basically copied them ver batim. She would be asked a question first, give a very detailed answer and he would simply say "I agree with Hillary".Today when he speaks about troop withdrawal he even uses her exact terminology.
    Has anyone heard if Donna Braziel has resigned from the Dems She flatly stated she would if the supers decided the nomination. We're waiting Donna, you can join us a PUMA.

    June 13, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. STILL FOR HILL

    CARTER=BUSH=OBAMA

    Far Left or Far Right have their own agendas. That's why we need people like McCain and Hillary running this country.

    PUMA'S UNITE!

    June 13, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Steve

    The man is entitled to his opinions, no matter how faulty or nuts they are....

    Hillary is very bright and at the end of the day is a Democrat through and through. I am sure she is laughing at PUMA's rediculous statements. She most certainly does NOT want McCain in the White House, even though she didn't get the nomination. Those that think they're doing Hillary a favor by voting for McCain should remember what she said in her concession speech. "Vote Obama."

    June 13, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Mike

    How stupid are we? I can't remember the last time so many grown people whined like this. This experience argument is silly because I believe it was experience that got us into all this trouble in the first place. Lets all put on our helmets and hop on the short bus!

    June 13, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Chi4Obama

    So let me see,
    Most of John McCain's views on things like healthcare, the economy/taxes, and Iraq, directly contradict those of Hillary. But yet, PUMA supporters would still rather vote for McCain than Obama. Yeah, that's logical.....

    June 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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