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. leah b j

    Why is CNN even giving this woman this much space? She is an elitest herself and she is simply angry because Obama has not given her enough attention. She doesn't like him? But she likes McCain and Palin? She isn't a Democrat and Hilary would be disgusted with her...Supporting an anti feminist backwards Palin.

    September 16, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. clark

    Oh Sarah and Hillary...!!!

    These two WOMEN have coincided on the most important issue...!!! The most crucial issue that our country is facing right now...!

    Hillary has said that Obama is NOT ready to be president, and, so far, Hillary has NOT flip-flopped about it.

    Sara has brilliantly illustrated for us Hillary remark about Obama...!!!

    So COUNTRY FIRST...!

    September 16, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. McPalin '08

    Yes, one more elitist to join us! We need this brotherhood/sisterhood of elitists to grow.

    September 16, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. Both sides Spin everything

    So is it ok to vote for him cause of his racial heritage? If people are going to accuse people of voting against him cause of that why is the other way ok. If you say its about issues then you are knee deep and prob have a one dimensional thought process. That process is whatever the DNC says is true.

    September 16, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. Will, NJ

    Gender before country.

    September 16, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. Janice Il

    She is a woman, who wanted a woman to be president of the US. A woman who KNOWS that we are more than capable. She did not appreciate how Hillary was treated and she is not the only one, all of her supporters would love to know the "rest" of the story.

    September 16, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Madame Lynn Forester de Rothschild is calling Obama an Elitist? Are you freakin' kidding me?

    September 16, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. teachearth

    Good riddance. Looks like there's a new position opening up at the DNC.

    This woman was and is obviously NOT a Democrat.

    This woman has obviously been fooling herself.

    September 16, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  9. ER P

    Good riddance to this elitist aristocrat. Obama and American democracy don't need part-time Americans, full-time aristcrotas like this lady who has no idea how real Americans live and work to earn a living.

    September 16, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. A Fed Up Democrat

    Sound llike race is playing a issue Yes I said it. The only reason you can give is I don't like him. This man has done nothing to you, And why does she even matter how many people alone on comment pages have said they were going to vote for Mccain, I don't see a political ticker on them. Because The DNC didn't pick Hillary? Is she really somebody important. Are we suppose to get nervous because OOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW this lady is backing Mccain SO WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!. She can take her millions and help those who have struggled and are struggling to pay rent, house payments, day care, car notes credit card payments, Help them and maybe your opinion will matter.

    September 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. Basic Science

    Sounds like a woman scorned.

    September 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. Go Obama!

    Who gives a rat's behind!

    September 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. Tricia

    Lady de Rothschild should return to England where she has many houses too.

    September 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  14. Mike

    And I should care why a CEO of EL Rothschild, a holding company with businesses around the world, who has millions if not billions of dollars of personal wealth supports the candidate who will guarantee her continued disproportionate wealth?

    Please, make me care when I repo her car, or evict her from her home, or sue her for medical expenses.

    September 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  15. DREADY1RASTA

    Worried you won't be able to ride on the backs of the "little people" any longer? Having them flip the bill while yor pathetic elitist arse gets a free ride. McShame will protect your and your kinds precious millions from mean ol' Uncle Sam. Pathetic.

    September 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  16. Andy

    I'm tired of all these votes for the "person" and not for the actual "policies". Obama and Clinton have nearly identical voting records, yet she is going to vote for McCain just because she doesn't LIKE Obama. If he votes along with Clinton 95% of the time, shouldn't she not trust Hillary either. Or, wouldn't that give you reason to trust him. As for an elitist, I think the President of the United States should be an elitist. Do we really want "just another guy" (look at Bush) as President? An elitist, by definition, is the near epitome of a President. I hope that Obama has strived to be President his entire life. What is so wrong with achieving a goal? Isn't that what America is built on; you can be anything you want, right? Maybe not. Not unless, you're too much of this, or too much of that. Then people won't like YOU, but not your POLICIES. Grow up, America.

    September 16, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  17. Sandy

    We know what She's really thinking...with a move like that We all know She was never in it for the Democrats ,but for a friendship that She (had) with Hillary.

    September 16, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  18. Confused

    How can a prominent DNC Committee member, who said she was a backer of Hillary's, turn around and do this? It makes no sense.....to campaign and raise money for Hillary and then back someone who is against everything Hillary stood for is stupid and juvenile.

    Yes, we may not like the fact that Hillary didn't win the nomination, but why would you abandon your supposed beliefs, unless you were truly only in it for gender, not issues?

    Hillary can still do far more good with a democrat in the White House, and that can also only help her to add to her already over-the-top credentials in the future. If you go to McCain, you only give that opportunity for experience to Ms Palin, who doesn't deserve to be President before Hillary!!!

    Hillary asked her supporters to support Obama because she knew that he still holds many of the same values as she did..... those values that are not part of the Republican agenda. How sad that these people still think this way....it is obvious she was never a loyal Hillary supporter, and Hillary must be ashamed to think Lynn ever implied that she was.

    September 16, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. Sarah

    Rothschild, This is CHILDISH.

    See the issues. I am also a Hillary supporter but I see the issues. Palin is completely opposite to Hillary and my views.

    September 16, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  20. Yngvai

    What, are we in high school now? You don't vote for someone because you "don't like them"?

    Why the heck did she support Hillary? Obviously not for her policies, because Hillary's policies are much more similar to Obama than to McCain.

    I love how people put likeableness over country. So much for "country first".

    September 16, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  21. Doug Quance

    Perhaps CNN reported this... because this is NEWS.

    It seems that many who previously were supporting a Democrat are stepping across to vote for a Republican. In this case, it was an obviously well connected and entrenched Democrat.

    That makes it different.

    September 16, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  22. John

    CNN, you keep talking about issues. Is a real important issue? Especially when the economy is falling apart? Shame on you!

    This woman does not derserve valuable media time. She is a bigot! We do not want to hear her provincial opinions! Even Megan McCain is voting Obama. Why the heck else would she vote McBush?

    Obama-Biden 08

    September 16, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  23. Jen

    There we go again, another hillary supporter, looking to get popular and manipulate the political process. Your candidate didn't win. Don't go souring the minds of others. This idea of Obama being an elitist is stupid. I'm an African-American getting the best education I can get on the East Coast.
    Anyways endorsements don't make a difference, rich elitist like Lynn are justing wasting time and getting people's minds off issues

    September 16, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  24. Ian M

    I guess ending the war, keeping your right to choose, getting universal health care, taking care of our veterans, and tax fairness means less to you than Hillary Clinton herself does.

    September 16, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  25. Hank in Texas

    Mrs. de Rothschild appears to have a Republican heart inside of a Democratic facade.

    September 16, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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