September 17th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
6 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. Anonymous

    David September 17th, 2008 9:29 am ET

    I'm 62, a life-long democrat and haven't made up my mind yet. Perhaps, if the candidates would talk about the issues that concern everyday Americans the electorate could make an informed choice.

    As a lifelong Democrat, have you listened to your candidate at all. Just yesterday, he have a detailled outline of how to fix Wall Street. It was a six-part plan of sensible changes and regulation.

    Are you really a Dem or aren't you. Because if you are, you need to open your eyes and see that Obama is the best candidate put up by either party in a long time.

    Are you going with the party that gave you Clinton, Gore, and Obama, or the party that gave you Quayle, Bush, and McCain?

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. nicky1228

    Truth is Barack may lose because he is a Black man. People who are saying he will lose because of issues are being deliberately obtuse. People who are saying I‘m going to vote for John McCain because Barack did not pick Hillary are liars. They never had any intentions on voting for a Black candidate (female or male). John McCain and Sarah Pal-nocchio will have their 4 maybe 8 years in the white house and those same ‘rural’ folks complaining about how they don’t have money, farm aid etc.. will be the very ones who had voted to make sure they kept the Black man out of the White house. The Black man who would have been the one to actually help them better than John McCain and Sarah Pal-nocchio. Their racist people who would rather suffer and lose everything then even consider the notion that a Black man be President. These kind of ignorant people put ‘Color First’ not their ‘Country First.’

    Yes that is my new pet name for Sarah…..Pal-nocchio as in liar, liar pants on fire.

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Annette, Washington, DC

    That's her opinion and choice, so be it.

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. John

    who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. tim


    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Tom B

    This is purely personal anyone that supported Hillary on the issues can not in any way believe that McCain will further her stance on any of them.

    Obama must have given her a snub.

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Robin

    This person must not have truly been for Hillary then if she is willing to abandon the party and everything it stands for because she "doesn't like Barack." Honestly, I am sick to death of these people who where for Hillary and now are turning their backs on her and the party. This person and those like her must just want more of the same. Well the rest of us don't. If you are a woman and were for Hillary because of what she stands for – then you must vote for Barack. The Demorcrats have not abandoned women – the Republicans have and continue to every single day.

    Stop the madness – vote for Obama!

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Mark

    You go girl... the dems are struggling right now and you moving over to vote for the best candidate (McCain) is great. Maybe some of the other less intelligent people will do the same. Wake up people!!

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Joe

    Tells you something when an elitist says you are an elitist. Elitism is an attitude, not a function of how many houses you own or your 1040. You can be an elitist teacher or barrista, or social worker.

    And right, it takes one to know one.

    Fact is that Obama is different that what he and the media portray him to be, or what people hope he will be. If he wins, many people will be disappointed when they feel the sting of a bait and switch.

    He is arrogant enough not to choose Hilary as his running mate, thinking he didn't need her. Biden was a bad choice... the worst is yet to come from him. There is some audio out there where Biden said last year no no no, Obama didn't have enough experience to run for president this term. Don't worry, you will hear it in a commercial soon enough... don't tell me he picked up that experience campaigning.

    Obama is a gifted speech giver, but he is VERY bad at fielding questions, or under pressure... he has stumbled over many questions, but the media has shielded him from the scrutiny that Bush has when he has similar fumbles. If you haven't heard those stumbles you will be disappointed when you do.

    McCain also isn't a great speaker, and he will never appeal to those who need to be charmed into voting, but there is something about his service to and love for this country that is genuine in a way that Obama can never approach.

    As Bill Clinton said, better to vote for the candidate that you agree with on 50% of the issues if he/she can make a difference with some of them, than the candidate that you agree with 100% of the issues if they won't get anything done. For those eager to put more money in the hands of the current and future government, please think of this FACT. The approval of congress is in the 10% range... they haven't done anything. Bush is three times as popular.

    McCain is the ONLY guy in congress to actually work with the other side to get things done.

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. rusty

    why is my comment still awaiting moderation, and comments submitted after mine have been posted ?

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Grace Needed

    Why is this lady important? Is it because she is rich and an elitist? Personally, I don't trust her judgment, which is why this doesn't matter.

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. AmeriKa the beautiful for Obamanation


    Millions of democrats are seeing too much of the dictator in Obama and his tactics.

    Inspiring his army of supporters to agitate hate and division on his behalf.

    Mobilizing his supporters via e-mail and text messages to rally to do HIS bidding.

    Obama says and the followers OBEY.

    Obamabots even wondered why HRC could not "control" her supporters and make them vote for Obama. That in and of itself was a sign that Obama followers are just THAT- followers, obeying the call of their "charismatic" leader. They are not true democrats and are not free thinkers.

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. carolflowery

    I dont get it, after the Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae downfall, all the Obama camp did yesterday was blame McCain, McCain put the blame where it really was, on Wall Street, he didnt blame Obama or the dems, but you know what the big boys at both Companies backed Barak big time with monies, and one of them waa in Obama's Vp vetting process, wow, maybe the chickens are coming home to roost afterall, in the "truth coupe"

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. Brian

    How is Obama any more elitist than McCain or Clinton.
    Seems like irrational hatred and distrust to me... hmmm.

    I do have a question about the McCain '08/Clinton '12 folks...

    Do you really think that Clinton will be able to oust an incumbent President in 4 years when she couldn't even make the ballot this year?

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. DH

    Hillary Clinton may be to blame partly. This is a MAJOR donor. Clinton should have done everything to keep her in the democratic column. But then, maybe she did, but this woman is really just a sore loser and can't be helped. In any case, it's pretty pathetic. Switch to the other side (which stand against EVERYTHING Hillary stands for) just be cause she just doesn't like him? Pathetic...

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. larry from minnesota

    It is pretty funny that this lady would gripe about Barack being an elitist. I wonder how well she would mix with common folk like me. I'm guessing she is actually griping that Barack rarely says anything without giving it thought, while John McCain rarely says anything that is not from the hip. Is thoughtfulness the new definition of elitism?

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. Ohio citizen

    What an azz-clown. A hard decision because she personally doesn't like him? Shouldn't her dislike make her decision easier? And what's with the press conference. We already know. What a self-absorbed little chit. You aren't a difference maker, you're a fool. Talk to the hand.

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. mike

    She doesn’t “like” Obama… He’s an Elitist? First of all people this lady can buy and sell Obama AND she supported Hilary, who has identical POLICY as Obama. Such a transparent racist. The media better have a field day with her!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08 – no more Bushies please!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Obama_mama

    We all know why she just does not like is the obvious. There is no way you can go from being a staunch Clinton backer to a McCain endorser. They are the exact opposites. It is not hard to read between the lines......It is what it is!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. Jeff

    She thinks Obama is an elitist? Maybe she should look in the mirror! To turn coat because she didn't win - I really find that despicable. Do beliefs matter at all in politics anymore? Doesn't the fact that Hillary and McCain/Palin's politics are diametrically opposed mean anything?

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. sky

    Wow....good for you....throw our country down the toilet because of sour grapes. A true American patriot.

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. me

    Dirt will alway attracts dirt. just as filth attracts flies.
    This woman is a total shame for the American people and the world.
    style up woman people are moving foward. racism stopped long time ago.
    grazy racist

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. Nick

    He's an elitist?

    She is voting for McSame for one reason and one reason only. Obama plans to tax her billions and she's bitter about it.

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. Willem

    If you are too rich and lived in an invironment in which you always got what you wanted you cannot live with a set-back. Some people for that reason alone would put their country at risk.
    We the people believe in change and even the rich have but one vote in this election.

    Hope she will take the consequences of her decision and leave the democratic party.

    September 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. stacy, canyon, texas

    I don't understand the elitist "thing." How can you be married to an international banking firm, and think a senator from Illinois running for president is an elitist? You should have a look in the mirror.

    September 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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