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.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
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  1. John

    Just goes to show she didn't really care at all about the issues. Obama and Hillary were about as close on their plans as any two candidates could be.

    And her calling Obama an 'elitist' is pure absurdity. Someone get this woman a mirror.

    September 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. stevie

    second: how can yur reporter allow her to call obama an elist when she is so wealthy (married it, not made it herself); and mccain rised quite a bit of money himself with so-called elites just last week? where is the huge story on that? rachel madow over at msnbc covered mccain spending his birthday wiuth a con artist who worked/riased money stole same and i didn't see any story about that on your network.

    September 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. JD from Washington, DC

    Who cares what this woman thinks? Why not write an entry about me or anyone else for that matter.

    September 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. Cindy

    Only stupid and rich woman like Rothschild would support McCain- They don't want tp share their wealth os what else is new?

    McSame will them their safety and screw the average woman out of their life savings!!! – How stupid can you women be?

    September 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. Sandy

    Since when do millionaires have the audacity to fix their mouths to call someone an elitist? Give me a big @$$ break!

    September 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Independent in DC

    This woman is obviously of very little substance to vote against everything she believes in out of spite. In the end though, her endorsement means absolutely nothing. It's not like Obama is hurting for the money she would have raised him nor does she have a legion of followers hanging on her every word. This a half a day story at most. Nobody will be talking about this next week. Completely irrelevant LOL

    September 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. Independent

    I am an independent and am perplexed as to why, if one does not agree with Mr. Obama's policies and may have issues with his qualifications to be president, that somehow makes one a racist. This totally unproven allegation, along with the fact that a double standard is being applied to those who are vointg for Mr. Obama simply because he is an African Amercian (Is that not racism as well?) is offensive to many and a reason why many independents will be voting the McCain/Palin ticket.

    September 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. straeliterun

    The elitest who's decided to vote for a guy who can't remember how many houses he owns won't vote for someone because she feels he's elitest....do people think before they make decisions? Sounds to me like another excuse for those people too afraid to say exactly why they'd vote for everything they don't believe in!

    September 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Nat Turner

    Gee, she doesn't like him. I hope Sen Obama's feelings aren't hurt. Clowns like this throw the word "elitist" around without any knowledge of its meaning. It just sounds good to say. What a cop out.

    September 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. david davinchi

    He's Elitist??????????

    such comments made my by the privillage minority i feel touches on a much deeper and shallower issue
    How is Obama a community organizer raised in a single parent home -married to a woman from the southside of Chicago recieve such a title

    Both McCain and hillARY DESERVE THAt title far more than Obama

    tHESE comments are like the pot calling the kettle black

    September 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. L

    Welcome Mrs de Rothschild. Everybody in America is excited about the McCain/Palin ticket and they will do a great job running this country

    September 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Tommy

    All hale to de Fuhrer!

    September 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. P.

    turncoat...

    September 17, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. Truth

    Its clear why she left. Becasue under Obama plan, as a rich person, she has to pay more tax than she is paying now.

    September 17, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. Sally

    This is what i dont understand.How can i man who were raised by a single mom on food stamps be an elitits? Why dont you just say ms. Lynn that you dont like him because he is black,huh!!!!.You are a racist!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Bill

    It amazes me that some of the wealthest people who were raised with a silver spoon in their mouth can call some one an elitist... Amazing

    September 17, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. rich

    Another women voting for McCain because Palin is a women. All you women voting for McCain because of Palin have no brain. McCain/Palin are totally different in there positions from Clinton and if you where a supporter for Clinton at the start and switched to McCain/Palin then you where just voting because she is a women. People like should not vote because you only make real women weaker. There is no comparison between Clinton and Palin. Clinton has the experience and the judgement to lead the country. Palin can see Russia from Alaska. Who do you think is a stronger women? Everyone needs to realize that our economy is in the worst shape since the depression and Bush (Bush43) I mean McCain (Bush 44) wants to continue down the same path. My advice to all you women is "Stick to the Issues."

    September 17, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. David

    She's calling Obama an elitist?? Sounds more like this super rich lady is the elitist and the one "out of touch" with average Americans since most of us don't 'split our time living in London and New York.' But then, McCain has numerous houses too and is married to a super rich person too, right????

    September 17, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. johnny d

    Do you guys think A country with 12% African Americans with 40 % of the voting population in jail can stop Hillary. Wake up people Jamaican blacks will vote for Hillary and I will not vote for Obama. I have always voted democratic, and I will vote for a democratic Senator nobama.

    September 17, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. MR. B.

    To say that he is a "elitist", is to say that you are "ignorant"

    September 17, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. James

    McCain: 1 Obama: 8729458702934729845

    September 17, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. th

    I have to agree with some of the people on the blog. This is America and we have our right to vote for whomever we choose. I'm definitely an Obama supporter. Do I know him well enough to say he is the right candidate, NO!! I just know from the past presidents holding office that were Republicans that they have only been out for the rich...period. It is sad, but the truth is Obama is getting viewed negatively because of his race. We knew for a fact that Bush didn't have experience to run office, but he was picked basically because he's a 'good ole boy'. That proved to be a mistake. Again people lets not look at race, personality, or who is rich or poor. Let's try to stay focused and look at the issues and what both candidates bring to the table. I wish the media could just stay out of it. I wish they didn't have polls. I wish they could just have the debates so we can get straight answers from both candidates about the issues that are plaguing our great nation. PLEASE lets stay focused and not let all this other negativity steer us from that.

    September 17, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. Indy in AZ

    Maybe Ms. Forester de Rothschild can retire Hillary's debt for her, kinda like putting her money where her mouth is... I guess she really could care less about what happens to this county since she spends a lot of her time living in Europe. If McCain's tax package becomes law, Ms. Forester de Rothschild certainly will benefit, so it looks like that is one of her real reasons for coming out against Obama!

    September 17, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. Tarra

    For those of you who switched support from Hillary to McCain all I can say is that you get what you deserve if he wins in November. A failed economy, a war that has bogged us down and cost us billions, and our rights being trampled upon for the last 8 years and you still want to vote the repubs back in? I have given up trying to understand my fellow countrymen and women and their lack of intelligence when it comes to politics. They vote on emotion and not issues. The real reason many people (read: older white men and women) will never vote for Obama is because he is black. People will use every other excuse under the sun but at the end of the day it's the elephant in the room people won't address.

    September 17, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. Former republican for OBAMA

    WHO CARES!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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