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.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
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  1. jenifer

    Has Rothschild not noticed that Clinton's policies are direct opposites to McCain's? Her type of politics is best left to local tabloids and society pages rather than to take up space on CNN. Shame on you, Rothschild, for turning your vote into a grade school popularity ploy. If you do not like Obama, then stay home November 4th. Your vote for McCain will be a nail in your own coffin.

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Juanita

    Oh please, a Rothschild calling someone elitist? Besides which, just not liking someone is a very thin reason for not voting for him. What about policies? What about vision for the future of the US? What about McCain / Palin's sure intent to trample on the rights of women everywhere? I agree with other posters when they say that the only reason she's supporting McCain is because he won't tax her millions like Obama will (and who knows about the race issue?). I'm really beginning to think that Obama's race is the elephant in the room that no one is willing to talk about.

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. nerakami

    A de Rothschild, thinking Obama is an elitist... oh well then, as a single mum with no health insurance, I guess then I am one of the privileged ...

    Lady, get a grip... even though the policies between Obama and Clinton are a sliver of difference... you won't back him cos you don't like him ...?? How absurd you sound, yet you will back his opponent who is practically the opposite of Clinton's agenda....

    Makes you sound real stupid... maybe you should do away with the bruised ego...

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. olga

    You go girl! Glad to hear she is standing up to what she believes no matter what names she is called for doing so and what kind of attacks she will receive. The biggest problem with the Democrats is that they are their own worst enemy. I used to be a Dem but have changed to Independent because I can longer stand the divisive attacks and incendiary conduct of this party.

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Lisa Thompson

    How is it possible that a Rothschild considers Obama an elitist? That is the most laughable thing I have heard in ages.

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. North Dakota NDN

    So What? who needs her, Mr. Obama has what he needs. He doesn't need a Benedict Arnold around him. She is so willling to jump ship, who knows what else she is capable of doing. She nothing but being married to a rich man, tha is her whole story. Obama all the way!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Russell Marcus

    pretty comical that a rothchild would call someone an elitist....

    you can have her.

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Chris

    It is funny how so many of you attribute this to racism, instead of Obama being the second coming of Jimmy Carter. I guess that is easier for you to deal with. And yes, Jimmy Carter was a horrible president.

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. bob

    Why is the majority of these responses pulling the race card. That sounds racist to me. Don't you nitwits think that maybe there are many of us old time democrats that won't vote for Obama because we don't think he is the right person at this time. That maybe we don't believe he is qualified. Get off the race card that is so lame.

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Luke Brown

    This lady married some rich guy inherited a bunch of mansions around the world and thinks she somehow has something relevant to say to Americans. Give me a break. She belongs in the the Republican party.

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Josh

    Very few prominent people even make an impact on the voters' decisions. Given that few even know who this person is, I would bet that this endorsement amounts to zilch.

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. RDS

    So what there are Republicans backing Obama ...who care!

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Anthony McCarthy

    Why is this news. A rich international who raised a whole bunch of money for Clinton and shuttles back and forth between homes (plural) in London and New York "quite frankly doesn't like" this black man who was raised by a single mom and shuttled back and forth between the Southside and midtown Chicago helping people save their jobs, homes and children's schools – I hope the Obama campaign doesn't acknowledge this foolishness. Good luck with John McCain and Sarah Palin Mrs. de Rothchild – they seem more like your kind of folks anyway....

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. Paul from NYC

    The CEO of a holding company thinks Obama is an 'Elitest'?

    I've never even heard of her before, why is this news?

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. Jacqueline

    One man (woman); one vote.

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. steve

    are you stupid or what? maybe you are not hurting like 90 percent of the rest of america.

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. Terry

    By the time the election gets here Mc Cain will be leading by 5 to 10 points. The obama supporters realize Obama is melting away.
    You can tell by the racist comments and other excuses.

    Its really simple Hillary was the wild card for Obama and he through it away. So Mc Cain picked Palin the winning ticket!!!!!!!!
    WOW will the DEMS ever learn!!!
    ITS OVER!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. Kate

    She trusts McCain/Palin!!! Unbelievable. She could not have possibly been a true Hillary supporter and back John McCain and Sarah Palin. NOTHING they stand for are the same as Hillary Clinton.

    September 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. skijo

    Obama comes from the Southside of Chicago. Her last name is Rothchild, hse is married to an international banker with the title of 'Sir' and spends her time living between London and New York. And she says Obama is an elitist? What drug is she on??

    September 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Amber, Burke, VA

    A CEO of a holding company who splits her time living between London and New York is endorsing McCain? Why is this shocking? Personally I thing she is a very smart lady. She knows that if Obama becomes president, there is a very good chance that she will have to say goodbye to her multi million dollar retirement bonuses and a lucrative severance package. On the other hand, if McSame is in charge, big business will continue as usual.

    September 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Rosa

    Is this Onion News??? Her Excellency Lynn Forester de Rothschild announced today that Mr Obama is an elitist who does not match her small town USA values.

    September 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. Joe

    The paranoia around the Dems is getting quite humorous: conspiracy! McCain is panicking!! The bottom line is that 7 major polls are consistently moving McCain's direction and Obama is in big time trouble folks. So he hops a plane and parties with Hollywood libs at a dinner for $30,000 PER PERSON????????? Whoever is running his day to day campaign needs to flush out their headgear, because while Obama and his lib Hollyweird friends are chowing down on sushi and foie gras, McCain is eating in a family owned diner with American families in Florida. Priceless.

    September 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. dellie

    Very wise woman

    September 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. CM from Miami

    It sad to see such a growing number of ignorant racist so called democrats (mainly Hillary supporters) who will now vote for McCain. You still haven't understood that this election is not about you, it is about what is best for this country as a whole.

    This country, under republican fascist rule, has dug itself deep into a hole. This is the final chance to allow a democrat to go into the White House and try to fix things before it's too late. If the mortgage crisis, raising oil prices, and financial institution bail outs have not been a wake up call to you, then I'm afraid you won't know what hit you until the mighty USA has the same economic standing as Haiti.

    September 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. jaclyn

    It's funny how fickle she is.
    Having professed her support for Hillary Clinton and having been a Democrate it is clear to see she is someone that is not a team player. She supports who she wants, because she "just likes him or her" and not a party that shares her ideals and her dreams.
    She is irresponsible for calling Obama and should be ashamed of her childlike behavior.

    September 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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