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. Graaf - Barbados

    LOL Lynn Forester de Rothschild calling Obama an Elitist, tell the truth he is one of those people you across the road to avoid....LOL. McCain should be saying Thanks but no thanks, also to the 1 in 4 people who voted for Hillary in VA, based on race. It is interesting that these none of these polls ask that question recent. It is a serious question and more importantly it says race relation in the US still have a long way to ago.

    September 17, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. Michael

    If you don't like Obama – fine (though it's a stretch for this string-of-pearls tart to call him elitist), but why would you then back a ticket that is against everything that Hillary stands for? Maybe she's just a power-leach that will suck up to anyone who'll tolerate her.

    September 17, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Steve (Iraq Veteran)

    She makes more than $250,000 a year and wants that big tax cut McCain is offering that group. Not the increase in taxes she would get under Obama. We normal people want the bigger tax cut we would get under Obama.

    September 17, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. MSW

    You too Brutus? This isn't a high school election. If Obama does lose I hope your selfish decision doesn't cost bitter feelings that Hillary may pay for!!! Be careful what you wish for!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Hammer time

    Maybe there isn't any difference between the "behind closed door" policies of Clinton or Mctuffguy. We must protect the interest of our most wealthy citizens, after all, they are the cornerstone of our society. I don't think she 's a racist. She holds the same contempt for all the peasants.

    September 17, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. James

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild calling the kettle black. I'm not sure that she would know an Elitist if she was looking in the mirror. Go ahead Ms. Rothschild, pick the man with less intelligence, less competence, less empathy for the average person, and more potential to move this economy into a depression, Mccain.

    September 17, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. PW

    so... why was she "backing clinton?" clinton's policy positions are pretty much diametrically opposed to those of mccain and obama's are very close. sadly this points to her being either incredibly petty and vindictive or simply a racist.

    September 17, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. Nate, MD

    Your loss!!!! Obama will win the Presidency anyway. Have you seen, the polls are coming back Obama's way!!!!!

    YES WE CAN!!!!

    Thanks, but No Thanks to McCain/Palin!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

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

    An elitist is someone who can't even remember the # of addresses he has. This could be alzheimers Either way it is a no win situation for the country.

    September 17, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. Back to B.C.

    A true idiot.

    September 17, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. Alandala

    "I feel like he is an elitist."... "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." HAHA... that's the pot calling the kettle black. :)

    September 17, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. Independent in PA

    Good riddance to her, let her vote for McCain. The Democratic party should kick her off the DNC. She's as bad as Joe Lieberman.

    September 17, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. rusty

    you go girl ! way to go ! everyone will soon realise that obama is WRONG for this country. its more than partisan, its being realistic and she gets it.

    September 17, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  14. Candy West Virginia

    From an article at MSNBC today – "A decade ago, John McCain embraced legislation to broadly deregulate banking and insurance industries. Now the GOP nominee is scrambling to recast himself as a champion of regulation. "

    September 17, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Who is this woman? Why should anyone care what she thinks?

    September 17, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. unatiwa@yahoo.com

    The issue of RACISM has not been well addressed in this election. For rational voter knows clearly that OBAMA is the best Candidate in this RACE but because he's BLACK most people are hesitating to vote for him just because he's black. AMERICA will be one of the most RACIST Nation in the world if Obama is not the next president.

    Thanks to DEMS for giving chance to the best candidate without looking race factor, you've done your job and GOD knows your best move. I think Obama will win and win BIG come Nov.4

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

    She will just be remembered. The majority of the women are behind Obama, there will always be some bitter stragly women who are voting for Mccain. But the big surprise is going to be the new voters and young voters who decide this race. Obama has 300 ground organizers who have registered over 300,000 thousand new voters and if half just come out and vote in these battle ground states Obama will win handily!! While the conservatives laughed and joke about Obama being a organizer, this will come back and haunt them. Just like this economy has came back and haunt them!!

    September 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  18. Katherine

    LOL! You split your time between London and New York and have the nerve to call someone "elitist"?! Say what you're really thinking. . . he's "uppity," right? You don't like Obama? Guess what, he doesn't like YOU!

    September 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    This just goes to show you that it's not about the issues at all with some people. This idiot is upset that Clinton lost, so she going with McCain, because of clueless Palin.

    I just can't believe that some women are that stupid, like this one, to vote for McCain because of Palin. Are some women that desperate to have a woman in office that they will vote because of gender instead of the issues? Now that is indeed sexist. Women McCain has played on your emotions and so far it has worked. Please, vote with your head instead of your heart.

    NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN, NO PALIN!

    September 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. James

    ow wow...a rich prson is endoring McCain...big news there...under obama's plan she will get taxed higher....no sht sherlock she's endorsing mccain. she obv cares nothing about hillary's platform...so enjoy your one vote...if i get two bums off the street to register that more than cancels it out

    September 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. Danny

    To Adam – Do your reserch before you start discussing how many books Obama has written. McCain has co-authored FOUR books about himself, but doesn't know how many homes he owns and think the economy is still strong. YOU FOOL NEED TO WAKE UP!

    Obama '08

    September 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. Lady G.

    Game On!!

    Ok.. Now let's get to work Obama/Biden 2008-2012, they can get this great country pointed back to the right direction. In 2012 President Hilary Clinton can finish what they started.

    We can call those things that be not as though they were.

    So as it's written – So as it's done!

    September 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. Mama

    "I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him" - Wow and you trust John McCain who has become a completely different person over the last year and you don't think he is an elitest because he owns 9 homes. Come on sista just be real and tell us why you will NOT support the person who is in line with 90% of Hillary's policy positions. Hmmmmm.

    September 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. anon

    For Sir Rothschild, brains are evidently not high on the "must have" list for spouses.

    How could someone who supported Senator Clinton now support McCain? How could someone support McCain anyway?

    Mind boggling.

    September 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. Mikey from San Antonio

    Who cares about this lady? Can someone finally focus on the issues affecting the American nation? I don't know, let's say the financial crisis? How about the war in Iraq that is costing us trillions? Let's see, how about the fact that our children are not getting a quality education?

    September 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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