September 17th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
3 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. mike

    An elitist – look who's talking... Has she even met the man and given Senator Obama a chance to show her that is the last thing in the world he is...

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Oregon Voter

    Amber and others. I will type slow so you can read it. If you elect McCain in '08 there will be no Clinton in '12. Think how angry you are that Clinton didn't get nominated and then double that anger if your childish pouting causes Obama to lose the election. No Obama supporter who gets back stabbed by you in '08 will vote for Hilary in 12.

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. Josh Bloom

    So What!

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. Andy

    Good for her. As we saw last night, the smug hollywood elitists are swooning over Obama, while real Americans are going for McCain. Democrats made a huge mistake this election cycle. They chose a dumb, affirmative action candidate who cannot speak without a teleprompter over Hillary to be their standard bearer. No wonder he wouldn't do townhall meetings with McCain.

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Rich Witch

    "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." .... and she's calling Obama and 'elitist'??? That's totally hypocricical. She's more worried about Obama's tax plan, which would help everyone who makes under $250,000 and tax rich, elitist cretins like her.

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Accountant Guy

    Is CNN going to report how several womens groups came out in support of Obama, including the NOW (National Organization For Women)? No one cares about her opinion, the backing of Obama by womens groups shows that educated women will back Obama. Have fun being a Republican Lynn, because we don't need you!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. CNN

    Why are you now seeming to turn on Obama? And being so kind to John McCain and still no one has really gotten to know Sarah Palin. John McCain talks about transparency, but how is that when you keep your vice presidential pick under lock and key. Something is not right and when you hide someone, that means that something is not right.

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. Matt

    Are you serious CNN? You post things like what "Jules" just wrote? DISGUSTING.

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Reality Check richmond virginia

    makes sense, she is probably one of the 5% who won't benefit from an Obama presidency.

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Christy

    Wonderful decision!!! Why do all the ridiculous, liberal, media-types, and ignorant people of this country increasingly claim that if you're not supporting Obama that's it's because of race? Everything in this world is not decided based on racism. Get off the race card, PLEASE!!!!! It's really, really old. REVERSE RACISM is the problem in this country in this century. Mrs. Rothschild- my hat's off to your well informed choice to support McCain & Palin this election.

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    "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."

    And_______she___________calls_____________Obama
    ________an ________ELITIST??????????????????????

    Must...control...gag...reflex.

    Good riddance. Obama is on the right track if these vermin are peeling away. You're welcome to her, John.

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. J.S.

    Good for her... Does anyone else think that the big event held for Obams by Barbara S. should have been held for the Red Cross or some other orgnization that benefits many Americans?? Just think how much food, bottled water, etc could be bought to benefit many Texans and others who need it instead of going into the coffers of Obama...

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. Ms. James

    All the democrat voters that supported Hillary would vote for Obama if not for racism. What an extreme contrast between Hillary and McCain, it's obvious. They consistently talk about Obama's lack of experience as an excuse not to vote for him (okay). However, Bill Clinton had no national experience before becoming president. Abraham Lincoln only spent 4 years as House Rep. before being elected president; similar to Obama! Listen to him speak and look at his record and it far outweighs what we have seen atleast in George Bush. I know many people don't want to see a black president. I'm afraid with all the jealousy and hatred, we're looking for more attacks from other countries. This is not 1945. The world is smaller with technology and the U.S. can't go on with that "white is right" attitude anymore.

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. ATLian

    Elitist. A Hilary word. Figures. Go.

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. So-called PUMAs

    To you so-called PUMA Democrats who've *actually* bought into the idea that you can vote for McCain this year and then vote for Hillary in 2012, you're dead wrong and I have someone's subprime mortgage I'd like to sell you.

    Hillary's political future is tied to Barack's. If he loses, the MSM (and a lot of Democrats) will question aloud whether the PUMA factor cost Obama the election. They'll find some statistician to analyze the exit polls in some close state to come to the conclusion that yes, they did.

    Even after 4 years of a debacle of a presidency, what will happen in 2012 is that Democrats will take their anger about the 2008 election out on Hillary, and she won't make it past the South Carolina primary.

    So, if you're thinking McCain 08/Clinton 12, then you might as well just register as a Republican and go out and buy some of Rush Limbaugh's, Sean Hannity's, and Ann Coulter's books to read up on you're new "values."

    Have fun with that....

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. Brian

    Bitter, rich, spoiled party of one?

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. Karen - Missouri

    Who cares about her? I'd say it's a LOT more important that the granddaughter of Dwight D Eisenhower fully supports Obama as well as her resigning as a Republican and becoming Independent. NOw THAT'S newsworthy.

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Are you kidding me! Who is she and who cares? She's obviously not being effected by the disastrous American economy that has been crippled by McInsane and Bush. She and McCain need to go back to their multiple houses and leave the American people alone.

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. pmn

    kick her out of the DNC!

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. jeff

    Mcain is the best with experience to be president, obama not even a one term senator, how can we trust him? Change!! what kind change? for better or for worse. Nobody knows. take a gamble on him? I bet not with me at all and even the greatest country in the world.

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  21. Bud

    Lynn Forester who? Never heard of her and really don't care who she is... or that she's voting Mccain just because Hillary lost the nomination. Sounds like sour grapes.

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  22. ernie

    there are disrespectful attitude because she not know obama's doing when i seen that she make people trouble mind to change vote.. she must get away of verbal language.. thanks

    September 17, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  23. LSC-Indy

    Elitism is the belief or attitude that those individuals who are considered members of the elite — a select group of people with outstanding personal abilities, intellect, wealth, specialized training or experience, or other distinctive attributes — are those whose views on a matter are to be taken the most seriously or carry the most weight; whose views and/or actions are most likely to be constructive to society as a whole; or whose extraordinary skills, abilities or wisdom render them especially fit to govern [1]. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    Lynn Forrester is an ELITIST!!!!!!!!! We will gladly hand her off to John McCain.

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. Josh

    Yes, I am going to say it. This sounds like a race issue. I wonder how she would feel if Obama was white? I call shenanigans.

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  25. Leroi

    Are the Clintons playing on both sides? We are wondering if they would like Obama to loose so they can run in 2012, while at the same time do things so they don't appear to be doing so.

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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