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. Joe Z

    That's great news. Obama is completely un-electable. From all the hateful, unintelligent comments I see above it's clear that the liberals are, as always, in denial about truth and reality and clearly don't understand why their candidate is taking a dive. There are far too many reasons to list, and there's no sense in listing them as the sqwaking liberal polly-parrots will just say, "Rawk! You're lying". McCain has his faults, but there's nothing scarier than obama in charge (of anything).

    September 17, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. Remy

    What happend to my comments? Deleted as usual?

    September 17, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Tasha from Houston

    She is the reason why there is sexism and men haven't and still don't consider a woman as fully capable of being POTUS. She clearly is holding a grudge and ACTING out. How can you sit on a DNC committee and endorse the republican? Typical Rich White Woman, acting like a toddler and having a tantrum. Get over yourself!!! This election is soooo not about YOU!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. Misty from North Carolina

    From a profile of "Lady de Rothschild" in Condé Nast Portfolio (the magazine of hard-working, small town America!):

    "In July, Sir Evelyn (her husband) completed the sale of his stake in the centuries-old English branch of the Rothschild banking empire (for a reported $600 million)—which frees up a lot of capital for them to be major players in the Indian business world."

    OBAMA IS AN ELITIST??? REALLY? GIVE ME A BREAK!

    I've had enough of single-issue-voting idiots ruining our country because they're too ignorant to do the research and realize that the Republicans ARE NOT FOR YOU!!! They laugh at you once you've voted them in and allowed them to continue heaping their plates and lining their pockets with the profits made on YOUR BACKS. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. Patrick

    "Obama is elitist, has friends who dish out 28500.0 for one dinner, idiots like many above do not get it.
    what will happen to economy with all the liberalism Obama proposes? Where the money will come from to finance his lofty liberalism"

    @dude... please don't make me laugh... the economy is in shambles under a republican administration. Please don't pretend McCain would be any different. BTW republicans charge as much or more for fundraising dinners.. thats the way the game is played.

    Where to get the money... gee you've added nearly 5 trillion to the debt over the past 8 years so I don't know for sure. But since debts have to be repaid... possibly TAXES.

    September 17, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. Bob

    A Rothschild (One of the world's richest families) calling Obama an elitist??? You've got to be kidding! I hope Roe v.Wade is not too important to her because if McCain wins, those new Supreme Court justices he nominates will do just that.

    September 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. eddie

    Obama-nationallize the health care now the oil and what about electric companies. This is the first steps to "Dictatorship"..look at Castro and Chavaz. What next?? Guns???? Obama is busy trying to impress the world??? In one of his speeches he wants to down size the military??? Another speech make high schoolers and collage kids do free labor for "charity" This Rothchjild person is on the right track. Not racist, but has some insight. When racist is called that is just a excuse by persons who don't get their way.

    September 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. RW

    She wasn't a true Hillery backer, they have more sense than that,
    she's a woman backer.

    September 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. A.D.

    Do America a favor go back to London in stay. America does not need a turncoat like you. Just another old sour woman trying to be in the spot light. I will not watch the news conference because my LCD Sony flat screen does like mean people and may cry.

    September 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. Rob

    It's absolutely fascinating that this race is close. I don't know about you, but this country has been in a backwards trend from the economy to health care to unemployment. I cannot believe that Americans could be dumb enough to fall for the same political tricks that won Bush a second term in office. I am convinced that if Obama were white, he would be up by thirty points. Additionally, if Palin is not qualified to run a fortune 500 company, how is she qualified to run the United States of America? If all the people that cannot stand the thought of having Obama in office vote for McCain and put him in office, you deserve exactly what you get....laid off, $8 dollar gas, foreclosed homes, and a $1200 tax rebate check!

    September 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. mitchell

    she's a rich white woman. she doesnt vote issues,she votes race.

    September 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. Get Real

    She is too personal this is an election not summer camp. So intern she wants to arm McCain so he can be in a position to veto bills that Hillary and Obama want to push through the senate?! So much for equal pay for equal work, Hillary's healthcare plan, a woman's choice. People need to wake up and continue to support Hillary's ideas like she said. It's not about her (Hillary) it's about the American people., so people just don't get it.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    September 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. silvertone

    This LADY has a guts to say and do what is wright.
    DNC has spoiled this presidential race for Democrats by going against Sen. Clinton and forcing Sen. Obama the person hwo needs a lot to learn, but now is no time for training.
    America needs strong and experienced new President to handle situations we are in.

    September 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. BJ, Texas

    Way to go liberals, play the race card every time someone opposes egoBama. It's about the issues stupids!

    September 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. Tom

    A Rothchild calling an Obama an elistist? Give me a break!

    September 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  16. Stacey

    I have already come to the conclusion that Obama will lose the election because of his race. The media keeps asking what I believe is a rather stupid question: "Why isn't Obama leading by double-digits?" Come on, media. You know why. America will be the laughing stock when McCain/Palin win this election in a landslide because of fear and ignorance.

    September 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  17. ATML

    She is calling Obama “elitist”. This is a ridiculous and an outrageous statement from somebody who owns companies around the world. You don’t like somebody because of his background, that’s different than distorting the truth about what that person stands for or represents.
    If you are switching from supporting Clinton to supporting McCain, you don't even know what you are looking for in this election since McCain's and Clinton's views are totally differents.
    Call things by their name.

    September 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  18. Liz

    I will trust Obama once I see if he can deliver in action what he does in words.

    Liz, Maryland

    September 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  19. E for Obama

    So hand the country over to a War monger, elitist, deregulator like John McCain. Just because you don't like Obama.

    WOW!!!

    Can someone remind this woman why she is a Democrat.

    It is a scary thought to know that some of the wealthiest and influential people in this country are just plain STUPID!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  20. The Bu

    I hope she leaves the Democratic Party. They don't deserve her. Senator Obama did nothing, but run a campaign. If you're going to call yourself a "Democrat" why would you not support THE DEMOCRATIC candidate??? She's the real elitist. Hope the Republican Party is ready for a real piece of work here.

    September 17, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  21. Lemmiwinks

    I guess a 54 year old woman wouldn't care that her candidate's running mate would love to abolish all forms of abortion.

    September 17, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  22. Torianto Johnson

    I would respect you more if you come out and say the real reason why you do not trust him or flat out dislike him. Get ready people! It will only get worse from here!

    September 17, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  23. Bob Cordwainer

    She has a "spokesman" but thinks Obama is an elitist?!?! The irony just drips...

    September 17, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  24. proletariatunity

    Q: Who has the most to lose from an Obama Presidency coupled with a democratic congress?

    Clue: 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.

    Barack = Regulation of banking industry.

    (Bankers tend not to like that, no surprises here CNN)

    September 17, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  25. Tara

    CNN Why do you always take the bait. So yet another distraction during this financial crisis. Lets see she waited all this time to endorse McCain just now when he can't answer a single question about the economy. Big clinton Backer. Please tell me why people can't see what is going on. Fine.. Don't support Obama, but if you care about your Country or your party you would just not vote for him. No see this is the Clinton play book as well...just a set up for 2012 and McCain will welcome this with open arms and you bet we will see a commercial or two about this and everytime we talke about the economy with the McCain folks watch them change the subject and talk about this.

    September 17, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
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