September 17th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
2 years ago

Prominent Clinton backer and Dem donor to endorse McCain

 Lynn Forester de Rothschild was a strong supporter of Clinton's White House bid.
Lynn Forester de Rothschild was a strong supporter of Clinton's White House bid.

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.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
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  1. ANA

    A ROTHSCHILD CALLING OBAMA ELITIST???
    ROTHSCHILD IS THE WEATLHIEST BLOODLINE IN THE WORLD AND PRETTY MUCH INDIRECTLY OWNS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!!!!!
    NO WONDER SHE DOES NOT WANT TO VOTE FOR CHANGE!!!!

    September 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. ST

    Interesting.

    September 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. Jim

    Erick September 17th, 2008 8:26 am ET

    I can not wait until this election is over!! I'm sick and tired of the negative comments and false accusations. This election has shown how ignorant, racist and sexist we (Americans) are. People are losing their lives, families, homes, jobs…etc and we're focusing on the race, sex and age of a candidate. I wonder what the other countries think of us (Americans) right now? Sometimes I think we abuse our freedom…

    H. Charles September 17th, 2008 8:26 am ET

    This has turned into such a hateful election. You have people on both sides saying I hate this candidate or I hate that candidate. I don't think any of you know John McCain or Barack Obama personally, so how can you have so much hate towards one or the other? Remember, presidential elections are about issues. If you don't agree with someone thats fine. But to sit here and invoke hate and name calling makes us irresponsible voters and Americans. We're better than this.

    THANK YOU BOTH! I AGREE!

    September 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  4. shane

    wow . . . . she's a feminist pig, if you ask me. a huge hillraiser, only to later switch to mccain. playing into the biggest criticism of woman and thinking with her emotions versus her logic because she's "scorned". throwing out the issues to vote for someone just because they are a woman . . . . .the republicans can have you!

    September 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. Palin has more experience than Obama

    Lorna September 17th, 2008 8:01 am ET

    When all is said and done, I think these so called democrats are just racist. They just can't stand to think that a black man will be the leader of the greatest country in the world. That 's the bottom line.

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    I am a Repub and not voting for Obama b/c of the issues. I like how if Obama does not make it to the white house it will be b/c of race. Keep playijng that card. It is making people madder and madder each time. I guess going the race card if McCain/Palin do not win than it is b/c sexist.

    September 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  6. Mary

    This woman is the CEO of EL Rothschild, a holding company with businesses around the world, and married to an international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, splits her time living in London and New York, and has the nerve to call Barack Obama an elitist?????? I can see why she would view the ultra wealthy McCain as someone she can trust.

    September 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. Walt

    Sure smells of racism to me!

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild "the CEO of EL Rothschild, a holding company with businesses around the world" who is "married to international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild" and who "splits her time living in London and New York" is calling Obama an elitist? Amazing arrogance!

    So Lynn doesn't like Obama? Why? Certainly it can't have to do with his policies and positions as they are very similar to Hillary Clinton's whom she does like a great deal. That leaves us with only two possibilities-either she doesn't like the color of Obama's skin or she is so stupid as to believe that Hillary's breasts were the things that made her the ideal candidate for the White House. So, she's either a racist, sexist or just plain stupid.

    September 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. Patty, NH

    She is no Democrat...and certainly no Hillary supporter. She's looking out to protect her own - because we know that McCain caters to the wealthy.

    Hillary supporters...unite behind Obama/Biden. Hillary knows what she's talking about and she can help our country and represent our views in Obama's Cabinet.

    September 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. Earl

    What is this madness? She doesn't trust Sen. Obama because he is a "elitist"?

    Is the term elitist the new code word to describe educated African-Americans or Hispanic Americans who don't fall into the stereotypical roles of how some people think in this election. Is elitist another way of calling Sen. Obama "uppity"?

    September 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  10. Martha/VA

    That's rich. The CEO of a company that has businesses all over the world calls Obama an elitist, the man who pulled himself up by his bootstraps. Lynne Dear, methinks its something else!!!

    September 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  11. Dem in PA

    Welcome to the winning team! This Dem won't be sold on Obama either.

    Thankfully, so many others are finally waking up to the fact that Obama is and always has been a joke.

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  12. Helen

    I LOVE LADY Lyn Forrester- we need more persons like you who have the 'guts and will' to stand up for your belief & conviction.

    I still love Hillary – but now for me it is McCain/Palin

    September 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  13. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    ok I am so sick and tired of hearing that anyone who does not support , like obama is a racist! It is entirely possible to dislike someone and/or their politics without being racist. Does that mean that everyone who voted for obama and againsgt hillary in the primaries is sexist? This woman has a right to support whomever she wants as do we all, exactly why I too think obama is the wrong person for this job and will not vote for him.

    September 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  14. Toni

    Yeah

    and flush all your women's rights down the toilet

    How silly, just because your candidate lost

    September 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  15. Lisa

    The McShame clan is full of racist people and that is the ignorance that will lead this country on a one-way ticket to --. I can't use profanity.

    September 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  16. kevin

    LYNN – YOUR A GREAT AMERICAN

    WELCOME TO THE CLUB.

    WE WILL CELEBRATE TOGETHER IN NOVEMBER WHEN MCCAIN / PALIN WIN.

    September 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  17. anna

    Isn't that what we want, the freesom to choose? I am proud that people are open minded enough to cross the party lines, that means you vote what you believe in. It has nothing to do with race, AS FOR THE RACE ISSUE, PUT IT TO REST ALREADY!!!! THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT SEEM TO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BLACK PEOPLE ARE THEMSELVES!!

    September 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  18. murphy

    It's FUN to see Obama in PANIC MODE! OOPS! Should have picked Hillary as a running mate Big Guy!

    September 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  19. Valerie

    Obama an elitist? That's funny considering you (Lynn Forester de Rothschild-google her) come from a banking family that is centuries old.

    September 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  20. miken

    No surprise that so many here are making comments related to race. When Obama loses this election you can be sure all these liberals will blame race. Pitiful pathetic people.

    September 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  21. Breck

    A backer of Hillary is calling OBAMA the elitist? Get real lady, racism is outdated.

    September 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  22. victor

    Alex Marin, thanks for confirming what most people cannot admit publicly, that they won't vote for Obama because he is black.

    September 17, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  23. J. McKinney

    I have always considered myself a democrat, but I guess I will have to call myself an independent, because I actually vote for the person I think will lead the country best. This has always been a democrat, in my mind, since I first voted for Kennedy. but this year, while I was very much for Hillary, since she isn't running, I think McCain is next best. Too many things about Obama scare me, that haven't been addressed. Is it true that millions and millions of his contributions he has received via computer are from foreign countries–Arab countries– and that his campaign, knowing there is something very "fishy" about this, haven't checked it out, and neither has anyone else? This and too many other things really worry me. Even if Obama isn't Muslim, he has leanings that way–per his quote in his book in his own words–and I am afraid the radical Muslims feel he will be easiest to influence, and to take America over from the inside, without firing a shot.
    I think McCain realizes this, and will protect our country to the best of his ability.

    September 17, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  24. Orlando

    I find it odd that she is calling Barack and elitist when Cindy & John are work 100 milli. come on Lynn you are being a hypocrit.

    September 17, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  25. chris

    Why hasn't anyone asked Obama where he is going to get all the money to fund education reform, healthcare comprable to congress, and job reform?

    September 17, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
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