September 16th, 2008
10:07 PM ET
6 years ago

Prominent Clinton backer and Dem donor to endorse McCain

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A prominent backer of Hillary Clinton is endorsing McCain.
A prominent backer of Hillary Clinton is endorsing McCain.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee, will endorse John McCain for president on Wednesday, her spokesman tells CNN.

The announcement will take place at a news conference on Capitol Hill, just blocks away from the DNC headquarters. Forester will “campaign and help him through the election,” the spokesman said of her plans to help the Republican presidential nominee.

Forester was a major donor for Clinton earning her the title as a Hillraiser for helping to raise at least $100,000 for the New York Democratic senator’s failed presidential bid.

In an interview with CNN this summer, Forester did not hide her distaste for eventual Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

“This is a hard decision for me personally because frankly I don't like him,” she said of Obama in an interview with CNN’s Joe Johns. “I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him.”

Forester is the CEO of EL Rothschild, a holding company with businesses around the world. She is married to international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild. Forester is a member of the DNC’s Democrats Abroad chapter and splits her time living in London and New York.


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  1. Jack Sanderson

    Sooner or later the males in the Democratic Party are going to realize that it is them against the radical feminists. Apparently, Dems could not say they did not want the shrill radical feminist Hillary...without punishment.

    Half the Democrats would sooner be killed than to have allowed Hillary to win the nomination....yet her supporters still think that she can come back in 2012 if they only destroy Obama this year.

    She will not win in 2012. The Obama supporters from this year will remember the sick and twisted way she stabbed them in the back in the general in 2008...or at least I would think that way if I were a Democrat Obama supporter.

    What scares me is that these feminists now control McCain and the Republican Party because they are considered the swing vote. They are a huge swing vote.

    American men are stupid to allow a situation where two parties dominate and the swing vote are radical feminists who will get what they want in terms of new legislation no matter what happens.

    September 17, 2008 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  2. Steve

    who cares!!

    September 17, 2008 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  3. who cares what a rothschild says

    Who cares what a Rothschild says? besides isn't her wealth technically foreign since her husband is English?

    September 17, 2008 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  4. Pam

    Hillary did ask if we were there for her, and yes we were because she represented the Democratic Party and not the party of a mythnical phony. Obama is further from being a Democrat than McCain. He IS an elitist, He is full of himself and now he is waffling all over like a fish dropped on the deck of a ship. The Pres helped elect the Dem. nominee simply because he was black, not because he was new and had a great message. He had no message other than that he wanted to be President and he and his campaign staff are blowing it worst than any campaign in history.

    Did they not think his racial comments, use of the race card and obvious distain for America got by the people? I don't cling to any guns and he can believe all that crap if he wants. He simply does not represent the core Democrat and that's that. His speech has become a broken record. He cannot talk about the issues without a teleprompter and when he does everyone is saying "huh?". He never should have been the nominee and race should never have played the guilt card. Now we are stuck with a dud.

    September 17, 2008 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  5. Rodrigo Pineda

    Obama is a liar, corrupt, two faced elitist. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. The two big economic problems in this country are a result of liberal/democratic policies that NObama is part of it. We need to DRILL and get back to nuclear and alternative sources of energy as well as to maintain a stable political system in the countries that supply our oil needs, exactly what NOBAMA is not, and guess who blocked all attempts to regulate Fannie/Fred, the democrats, Cristopher Dodd, and guess who got political bribes from Fannie/Fred, the democrats, and ahead of the line NOBAMA, and guess who is one of obama main economic advisors is , the CEO of Fannie/Fred who also led the VP selection effort. WE CAN NOT Afford more of the SAME crook politics , we need HONOR, TRUSFULLNESS, REAL CHANGE and EXPERIENCE in the white house. and OBAMA is NOT

    September 17, 2008 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  6. plz blink

    Have you noticed anything peculiar about sara palin's behavior? Do you think that she may perhaps be more confident than she should, given the fact that she is virtually unknown, lacks a great deal of foriegn policy knowledge, and fills in the gaps with chatter about anything that will get a reaction from the crowd? Take her speech in Nevada, for example. Utterly ridiculous, yet she stood there without
    any seeming ability to be self conscious enough to know that she was not coming across very clearly. Nor did she seem to be making much of a point at all, or talking about issues. After her her comment on Charles Gibson where she said "you can't blink"–I became scared of her, that is the kind of thing that very impulsive people say!

    September 17, 2008 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  7. A new View

    Seems like a lot of disgruntled people out there.
    Elitest isn't allways about money though it helps. Its more about attitude and convictions.

    September 17, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  8. fmr. Hillary Supporter now for McCain

    Hey, irony, survivol of the Fittest, Tish,NC, John McPain and Hypocasy Rules you know what's you all are? RACIST PIGS! that's what you all are.

    You're all scared and for good reason too. because you all know that Obama a.k.a. "Uncle Ben or Buckwheat" is loosing not just in the national polls but in the Electoral Map as well.

    Btw, I admire Forster for having the guts to do what all other Democrats like myself are doing and believe you me there are over a million more like us out there.

    So suck on that you RACIST PIGS!

    McCain/Palin '08
    Clinton/whoever '12

    September 17, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  9. Arizonan

    Good for her! To all of the Obama fans out there can you answer this question- why did Obama and Biden both vote to fund the "bridge to nowhere"?

    September 17, 2008 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  10. riskybusinessisnotalaughingmatter

    A POPULARITY CONTEST??? What in the name of all that is holy do you think an election is????? IT IS A POPULARITY CONTEST!! That is why Obama the Slickster spends so much time cutting down Sarah Palin!! SHE IS POPULAR (which is a good thing for a politician): BILL CLINTON WAS POPULAR. RONALD REAGAN WAS POPULAR. Judas Priest, for supporters of Obama the new age Messiah, the INDONISIAN HERE TO HEAL US ALL (as he said, he is the ONE that we have been waiting for) have a lot of nerve now to complain that this is reduced to a "popularity contest."

    YOU DIDN'T COMPLAIN WHEN YOUR SLICK AND EMPTY SUIT WAS AHEAD!! What was that fiasco in Denver all about?? He wasn't content to receive the "crown of fig leaves" in the Pepsi Center WITH THOSE WHO ELECTED HIM, NO HE HAD TO HAVE THE ADORING THRONGS, IN THE HUGE OUTDOORS BRONCO FOOTBALL STADIUM, WITH HIS VERY OWN STYROFOAM COLUMNS, LIKE ANY OTHER GRECO-ROMAN CONQUERER!!

    (Forgive the rest of the country from laughing) the fact that YOUR CREEP TRIED TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE IRAQi GOVERNMENT (TREASON) AND TRIED TO BULLY THE GERMANS (AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION) AND PULLS A BONER GAFFE EVERY SINGLE TIME HE OPENS HIS MOUTH (to the point now that he has to BRING A TELEPROMPTER TO A RODEO, the funniest thing ever to happen in politics) ONLY MAKES YOUR INDONESIAN FELLA LOOK LIKE A SHINY-SUITED SHYSTER BULLY WITH JUG-EARS!

    But, we can't hold all that against him too much, after all; OBAMA THE IDIOT DIDN'T SET FOOT ON THESE SHORES UNTIL HE WAS 18 YEARS OLD, AND THEN ONLY TO GO TO FANCY COLLEGES AND LAW SCHOOLS (affirmative action) AND THEN HE WENT TO CHICAGO TO BECOME A "NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZER" [that's code for Sal Alinsky brand Marxist / Leninist / socialist / anarchist / and chaos training AND THAT'S WHEN HE CHANGED FROM BEING A MUSLIM TO BEING A BLACK SEPARATIST "CHRISTIAN" THAT BELIEVES IN REPARATION AND SEPARATION OF BLACKS AND WHITES (PROVIDING THE WHITES GIVE ALL THEIR MONEY).

    Then, there is his American hating WIFE who wears the pants in the family (ASK WHY and I will tell you that OBAMA likes his guy-fun and she knows she can DESTROY HIM whenever she wants to (PLUS HE WANTS TO BE HEAD OF THE NATION OF ISLAM ONCE OLD LOUIS FARRAKHAN KICKS THE BUCKET AND MICHELLE CAN MAKE OR BREAK THAT DEAL (hint: her brother is part of the package; he can break OBAMA into little pieces).

    September 17, 2008 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  11. swathdiver

    When Government creates a job and then hires a person to do that job, that's one less person creating wealth. It's another person taxpayers have to support. So Palin eliminating government jobs is good for the economy. As for gas prices, you don't have to look any further then Mother Pelosi, she created that mess through legislation. Look up the 2007 legislation. She's also responsible for the soaring food costs as well, same tactic used.

    September 17, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  12. capn jack

    I love to see you liberal/socialists squirm. Get used to it, you people have driven the rating of congress to the losest it has ever been. Pelosi and Reed, now there's a pair of losers.

    September 17, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  13. Nobama

    It's obvious that Obama, Pelosi, and Howard Dean screwed Hillary's supporters over. Now, it's payback time. Lynn Forester de Rothschild is like a highly touted 5 star football recruit out of high school; everybody wants them, but only one team will get their service. Get ready to play ball, Obamessiah. Your jig is up.

    September 17, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  14. JohnT

    Did Lady de Rothschild call Obama an elitist?

    ROFLMAO

    September 17, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  15. Michael Zilber

    Yeah, I remember the corporate media giving her a bunch of player as they tried to stir up the Clinton discontent pot...wow, ultra-rich London Baroness Rothschild is endorsing McCain – that will really help his man of the street cred during this economic crisis.

    September 17, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  16. Country First!

    No Way, No How, NObama!!
    John McCain/Palin 2008!!!
    Go Big Mac, Go!!!!

    September 17, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Traitor!

    September 17, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  18. nancy workman

    Does anyone else see the delicious irony of a Rothscheild eschewing elitism? Or the bizarre attitude of the "feminists" with their sleazy attacks on Palin? What, exactly were we fighting for in the sixties and seventies? I won't vote for Obama because he is an abortion loving marxist with shady friends. I only hope that you lefties keep it up cause you're driving more votes to McCain/Palin by your sheer nastiness.

    September 17, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  19. Abe

    She doesn't like Obama because she knows he's a phony. He's done nothing in his nearly 3 years in the Senate but run for the presidency. Bet he doesn't even know a senators job descrition.

    It's a silly argument to malign Palin. SHe's done tons more than Obama has. What's HE done in the Ilinois senate? Send Resco in to make millions on rehabs and but Obama a house with a lot for pennies. But what DID Oabama do? Memorable bills? none. Same thing in the Senate..what's he done? memorable bills? not one.

    Oh and Tish, why is it that the libs always try to silence the opposition? CNN ain't much but it does report things. ANything that make Obama look iffy deserves to be posted. He's a clown lookin after himself like he always has. He gives a crap about you or anyone. Self interested left wing socialist. Sounds like a winner to me.... He's paid no price.....gramma sent him to school. Not one dime did he pay.

    September 17, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  20. Alex

    My, my... the infantile whinings of Democrats as women and independents leave them one by one is a pathetic thing to see. How quick they are to attack and try to destroy those who don't toe their party line and have the NERVE to actually think for themselves.

    It's people like these that are inspiring Democrats like ME to vote for McCain and Palin. Keep it up, guys... you'll drive McCain into the White House for SURE at this rate. :)

    September 17, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  21. Florida

    Yes Tish, NC ... Obama might have a million voters, the only problem is that over 218 million will be voting.

    September 17, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  22. Ron Ryan

    Hey irony
    The state of Illinois unemployment rate as of Aug 2008 is 7.3% the states highest level in almost 15 yrs, 1.2% higher than nat avg. And you are wrong about consistent job loss every mo since Palin is Gov. According to your own source ( labor.state.ak)
    " While the country as a whole has shed jobs every mo so far in 2008, Ak is one of a handfull of states that has continued to see employment growth"

    September 17, 2008 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  23. Paul Currier

    Voting for McCain is just stupid. If the voters want to support a Candidate who is trustworthy – it's Cindy Sheehan for Congress in San Francisco.
    http://www.CindyForCongress.org

    September 17, 2008 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  24. Stephanie Bergland

    Oh, the Obamatrons never stop, and you wonder why HRC's supporters don't want to support your candidate. You're allegations of racism never cease to amaze me. You're consistent use of name calling as your weapon against us is not working–it didn't work six months ago and it's not working now. Go ahead, question our loyalty and trivialize our intelligence, as in the end, at least you'll know why Obama lost. Don't worry, I have switched parties at this point and am now an Independent. I no longer want to be part of a party that touts inclusion–as long as the people think just like everyone else does. What's the difference between that and the Republicans who are more inclined to wear their exclusive status on their sleaves? I don't want anything to do with any of it–I'll vote independent of a party for the first time in twenty years. Thank you–I feel liberated!

    September 17, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Go Lady de Rothschild, millions of Democrats like myself support your decision to endorse McCain/Palin.

    Interesting how Obama suporters have nothing but hateful things to say about anyone that chooses not to support their Leader.

    I'm voting against Obama neophyte HATE 2008.

    September 17, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
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