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. See ya!

    Sounds to me like she's the elitist:

    "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."

    Like we should value her opinion on who she is going to back, I know for sure she is not living paycheck to paycheck like most Americans!!

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Dana

    Elitist coming from a billionare who splits her life between London and NY yea wonder why she is supporting more Bush Tax Plans...lol

    Barack Obama did have a fundraiser in California yesterday but Sarah Palin had one the night before at a Country Club- what is your point- guess what??? All of these candidates have money because you can't run for President without it- however Barack Obama and his wife worked their way up and earned their degrees and their money- McCain and his wife inherited/married into it- they are more old money snobbery/elitists than anyone. I swear people need to open a dictionary before they start throwing around BIG words they don't know.

    This woman is clearly looking out for her own interests which at the end of the day is $$, Barack Obama would end the Bush Tax Cuts and John McCain would keep them- simple as that!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. For Obama in Denver

    So...she's was a big Hillary supporter. As Hillary asked, was she just supporting her as a person, or the principals she stood for? For me, the thought of Sarah Palin as vice president, and possibly president, is anathema to everything I believe in. I was a Hillary supporter too, but Obama certainly expresses my views as well, and I strongly support him. McCain is a traitor to his own independent thinking and previously middle-of-the-road views. If this pair get elected, it is the end of any gains that women have won over the past 50 years.

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild will endorse McCain who has endorsed Bush Republican economic policies 90% of the time. Not liking Obama, she has decided McCain is best for America. In so doing, Lynn Forester de Rothschild will be endorsing Republican economic philosophy and policy past, present, and future whole HOG. Rotschild will be endorsing a trillion dollar war that has cost countless lives and has yet to produce 9/11 mastermind, bin Laden. This financial disaster alone has ruined the American economy!

    At the cost of his life, Hamilton endorsed Jefferson. At the cost of America, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, you are endorsing McCain.

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. Out of towner

    Hillary and Obama were nearly identical on almost all issues. That someone who supported Hillary would turn around and vote for McCain, who is nearly the polar opposite of Obama, reeks of something, and I would wager there's a good deal of racism going on.

    However, one is of course free to change one's mind. If she suddenly decided "Hey, now I support the exact opposite thing of what Hillary stood for", then that's her prerogative. The likelihood of that is questionable though, so I would wager she has more of a personal issue with Obama.

    Besides, as Jon Stewart said, I don't want a president who is like me. I want one who is vastly superior to me in every way.

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. Cville Mom

    Who cares? I've never even heard of her. She's a complete idiot if she, Mrs. de Rothschild of London and New York, is calling Barack Obama an elitist. Good riddance!!! She'll fit in better with those hypocritical, judgmental, aristocratic Republicans anyway!

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. Rodger

    Just because she has money...she does't have to have brains! Sounds like a lot of Republicans I know!

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. Marybeth

    Who cares? She and Sara Palin are probably one of a kind anyhow.

    Obama / Biden 08.

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. Walt

    Inotherwords she is a typical white, racist, determined not to see a black man become president of the United States.

    And an elitist calling someone an elitist now that is just beautiful.

    If, and it is not an if since we no you are full of bull, but IF Obama has not given you a reason to trust him please tell my ignorant butt what on earth McCain or Palin have done to make you trust or like them.

    Oh yeah, my bad, they white... America, keep showing your true colors, we are all getting the message.

    CNN what are you made of you, you gonna shaer this one or hide it too?

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. jwn in south carolina

    what a dodo, who cares?

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  11. unbe-friggin-lievable

    Clinton supporter for Mccain means:
    a) a racist
    b) just wants to see a woman in office
    c) holding a grudge from the primaries (will cut off nose to spite face)
    d) never cared about issues in the first place
    e) an idiot

    perhaps all of the above?

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. Ted

    She likes the rich. Barack is not in her league obviously.

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. Alan

    It's about time a prominent Clinton supporter publicly demonstrated their support for McCain. I am a life long Democrat, but without Hillary Clinton on the Democratic ticket, my vote is for McCain!

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  14. Lia

    Shame on you!!

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  15. Mitchell

    Pull yourself together, Lynn Forester de Rothschild!

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. Dan

    always follow the money ... the only reason this woman does not like or "trust" Obama is because of the tax increase he represents for herself and her cronies in the top 2%

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. kate

    i love how she says "elitist" all while wearing a lovely string of freshwater pearls in her picture. hypocrite much?

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. Truth hurts

    CNN,

    You really need to stick with the issues, like the economy in the toilet!! Also you need to report these new register voters in the battle ground states. People are going to get a big surprise when the new and young voters come out and vote. Obama have 300 ground organizers who are registering thousands of voters in the key battle ground states and they will make sure they get out to the polls and vote!!

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. Phil in KC

    She's a CEO and married to titled aristocracy – and she has the nerve to call Obama elitist?!?! Please! I wonder how much she is being paid to read from the McCain playbook. As much money as she has, it must be a bunch. Or maybe the McCain campaign has compromising pictures of her. Those are the only explanations I can come up with.

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. Brad

    Simply because she's rich, successful, and white, she's being blasted for calling Obama an Elitist...and because she's white she's racist? come on guys..get a grip...I'm not an Obama fan, not because of color, but because he hasn't given me any good reason to think that he can run this country. she might own 100 houses...who cares! That doesn't discredit her from voting and backing who she feels is right from the job...

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. Eli

    Rothschild can endorse whomever she wants, its her prerogative.
    However I find it interesting that CNN has a picture of Senator Clinton, when the article is about Rothschild's endorsement of Senator McCain.

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. Chris in CA

    Talk about elitist....seriously, Sir Evelyn? Not sure this is even who Mccain would want for an endorsement.

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. Kimberly in Texas

    Why is this still at the top of the ticker?
    So LAME....

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. Apache Nick

    The election is so close just because of one fact, "Barack Obama is BLACK" Just imagine, any white guy of same talent what Obama has and what has accomplishmets, if would have been democrat party nominee would have been 20 points ahead in polls and would have won 50 states.
    But the good news is there are more people in this country are not racist like Ms. Rothchild.
    If you look around, white race always try to keep the supremacy that is the reason, entire europe try to control population of colored people. But American society is different and always take the lead.
    I am sure, this time too, america will take the lead, elect a black man and will become the leader again.

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Lisa

    She sounds very silly, voting against all you believe in because you don't like an extreme likable candidate. Doesn't make any sense.

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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