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.


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  1. Wisconsin Vet

    Did anyone else notice the statement

    "I don't like him" and "He has given me no reason to trust him and I think he is a elitest"

    NOT ONE COMMENT ON THE ISSUES OR HIS POLICIES. All personal attacks not a factual comment on his policies or econimic plans.

    You my dear good woman ar full of it.

    September 17, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. Moggy

    Is it me, or is this election starting to resemble something written by Albert Camus?

    September 17, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  3. Mk

    Its hard to take a person like this seriously.
    She backed Hillary and now McCain? The two are so vastly different you have only one choice and that is to question her motives to begin with.
    She has too much money to be waving the elitist finger so she should just back McCain and move on.

    September 17, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. David

    Wow, do democrats sound scared and ignorant... You guys are so jealous that Obama was too stupid not to pick Hillary and since other Hillary (NOT Obama supporters) are crossing the line, possibly because they like the thought of having a woman in the office as well, that these women are racist?

    Get a grip, just because someone doesn't vote for your Messiah, does NOT make them racist... That's like saying since you won't vote for McCain, then you hate old people. Oh and since you aren't voting for Palin, then you hate women and are gay. Do any of you people see how much logic this makes?

    You're are all so pissed that since Obama didn't get Hillary, and McCain was smart and took advantage of it (and might I add that Palin has taken the spotlight off of Obama and taken him off his Golden Boy ELITIST throne) that you can't even see straight and you're scared to death!!!!!!!

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 17, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. Laura

    This just goes to show how far the media has fallen. Who gives a crap what this elitist woman thinks? How dare she call a man raised by a single parent, and the only non-wealthy candidate an elitist. She is racist.

    Yet, all that is beside the point. If the media would grow a pair and decide to cover the issues instead of sensationalizing everything to make this election close to get more ratings, Barack would win in a landslide.

    I'm about to swear off all media but NPR.

    September 17, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  6. David

    " . . . CEO of EL Rothschild . . . married to international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild . . . member of the DNC’s Democrats Abroad chapter and splits her time living in London and New York."

    LOL. and she called OBAMA an elitist. Really?

    This is just McCain's demographic, Rich white people threatened by change.

    September 17, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. Nerds Unite

    Thank you... Keep Waking Up America... Go Sarah

    September 17, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  8. Crystal in Wisconsin

    Well, maybe this gives us all pause. I was thinking Obama was an elitist, but then you have a possible member of the illuminati endorsing McCain. That's why I was voting for McCain, because I thought the democrats were bankers/financiers/elitists.

    this might help Obama. I'm rethinking my vote (was going to vote for McCain).

    September 17, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  9. Doris,Memphis, TN

    If Obama loses this race due to Hillary and her supporters rallying
    behind McCain, I have a message for you guys from Black America;

    2012 "The Big Payback"

    September 17, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. dEMOBRAT

    Obama is an elitist the same way Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann are- " I went to a fancy school and I am smarter than you, so there" kind of way. Elitism does not have to translate into how much money one has.

    Obama went to an elite school, he is apart of an elite group and ACTS THAT WAY. JUST LIKE MADDOW AND OLBERMANN, WHERE HE NOW GETS HIS TALKING POINTS.

    September 17, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. BARACUDA

    No Way, No How, NObama.

    No Way, No How, NObama.

    No Way, No How, NObama.

    September 17, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  12. hkk

    Good riddance! This campaign is made by people coming together – wo don't need you. We have enough of America behind us...

    And to those who like polls, note the trends...the trends...the trends. As McCain falls this week, and Obama rises...Um, I think I'd like to be rising going into the debates, not falling and flayling like McSame.

    September 17, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. Frances

    WHO CARES? SORE LOOSERS! LOL!

    September 17, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  14. Toni

    If you ask me, i think she is racist

    She is making up baloney just so she wont vote for him. If you dont like him, fine. Dont vote for him. But dont vote for the other side just because you are salty your candidate didnt win either

    As a democrat, i think she is wrong.

    September 17, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  15. Jesse

    /YAWN @ EVERYONE SAYING SHE MUST BE A RACIST

    You "progressive" liberals are the most hypocritical, intolerant and quick to judge bunch of people around. Anyone who isn't supporting Obama is a racist? No wonder so many Hillary supporters are backing McCain! You poeple are the reason the race is close. What a bunch of IDIOTS! I now understand why in the last 10 elections for president your party only won 3 of them.

    September 17, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  16. How can a grown women HATE anyone?

    You raised 100,000 he can have you. The machine is pushing 66mill a month your work for Hillary was not so good. Not only that you shuttle back and forth from London to the USA? ELITE how many of us shuttle back and forth? Good Leave you have been a closet republican because they haven't listed one plan for EDucation,Inflation,Wall Street,JObs,etc...How many people will laid off this month? Well Lechman had 110,000 and AIG would have had more.So, your not a demorcrat and don't believe in our policy anyway.....And .at your age how can you HATE anyone? I don't hate Mccain? We just don't agree and are different sides of the isle...Hate...I'm wondering what that really means...I have heard that before.....ummmmmm

    September 17, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  17. Lisa

    Are you serious? This woman calls Obama the elitist, but she is backing McCain, who does not know how many houses he owns and is married to a woman who wore a 300,000 dollar outfit to the convention. She also says Obama has not given her a reason to trust him, when everything out of McCain's mouth lately has been a lie, to the point that the media–liberal AND conservative–has been calling him out on it. So, since these can't obviously be the real reasons, what is it?
    To all those people who are voting for McCain because they are angry about Hillary's loss in the primary, I implore you to THINK! McCain's policies are in direct opposition to EVERYTHING Hillary has spent her whole life fighting for. Is voting for McCain really a way to honor her campaign and show her your loyalty?

    September 17, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  18. Randy

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild knows that Obama can't be bribed and McCain can be brided. This is the reason Hillary lost the primary, she was and is a corrupt politican. The Top .01% of incomer earners in this country are not patriotic but are greedy self serving. Remember Bush's base supporters are the "Have mores".

    September 17, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  19. Danny

    I agree with her. I will vote for McCain.

    September 17, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  20. Doug

    no one cares

    September 17, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. Terry

    Thank you!!!!!!!!

    Can you please wake up the rest of the Obama supporters.

    Obama cannot be trusted!!!!!!!!!!

    Mc Cain / Palin '08

    September 17, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  22. ET in Texas

    Rothschild will find herself in a much smaller pond with her change over. Kinda makes you wonder why she was in the Democratic Party to begin with, but her elitist move is certainly toward the right group. She can ask herself why she supports McCain when he gives speeches like he did yesterday. He called the SIPC the "S P I C" four different times in one speech. Is that a sign of dementia or is it that he clearly doesn't know the function of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation? His remarks in relation to the "SPIC" should concern voters.

    September 17, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  23. MI for McCain

    I

    September 17, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  24. Amy

    Ms. Rothschild, a CEO, and her husband, SIr International Investment Banker, who travel between their two homes in London and New York, are calling Obama elitist? Well, she's certainly studied her Republican handbook!
    I think she is scared that Obama will really reform Washington and Wallstreet, putting a end to CEO's outrageous bonuses and banks' irresponsible practices. McCain will form a commission to study the problem, then will do nothing!
    No way! No McCain! No Palin!
    Obama/BIden 08

    September 17, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  25. tmax

    you have to wonder what this woman stands for, if anything.....

    September 17, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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