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. Larry

    More of her kind in democarty party will do the same at the polling booth on election day. Great news for McCain/Palin.

    September 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Moore

    It's really sad how this people in this country can debase themselves by making an historic desicion based on color, gender, or whether or not a person's name sounds "American enough". The truth of the matter is this: America is not ready for true change. We are still stuck on race, and gender. Whether one is for Obama or McCain, to use such ignorant tactics to debase another candidate is childish! Research the candidates for yourself and make a decision based on the facts, not on someone's feelings.

    September 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. calle

    THIS ONE IS AFRAID THAT OBAMA WILL RAISE HER BANKING FAMILY'S TAXES. AMERICA DON'T BE FOOLED. MS. ROTHCHILD REMEMBER, THOSE TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS EXPECTED. This is why I can't understand why they call Obama elitist. Here is a man who had humble beginnings and worked had to attend great schools (And just finished paying his student loans off. Did Ms. Rothschild have to get student loans?) Instead of taking a lucrative job on Wall Street he went "To The Street" to help those in need. He sacraficed making money to help others. Isn't that someone that you want in the White House? Someone who is not consumed with themselves and someone who doesn't make empty comments like this woman has made, "I frankly don't like him." This sounds like personal and empty crap that we don't need anymore. I just wonder if Ms. Rothschild would sacrafice succeeding to her family fortune to help someone else. The money that she donated to Clinton was more than likely built on the backs of her family members. Is she really someone whose opinion the average Americans can take seriously? I don't think so!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Elizabeth

    Funny how she called Obama an elitst when she splits her time living in London and New York. How many Americans can say that?

    September 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Hillary backer

    YES! Obama was arrogant enough to think he could get Hillary's votes–well, he'll see in Nov. we are voting for McCain instead. He's far more likeable than Obama.

    September 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Use common sense

    I trully would love to hear the reasons she trusts McCain/Palin. Mylady- you set ALL women back a thousand years or more. This proves having a lot of money doesn't mean you have good common sense.

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Nina from orlando

    Another NON-Demorcrat voting for McCaint. Spare me.

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. lucinOH

    I honestly cannot believe the people who stand behind McCain/Palin ticket. You are either the very rich here in the U.S.A or you would vote the party if a monkey were running. I suppose you all approve of the war and women having no say as to what to do with their bodies or have the right to make the same pay as men. I suppose our education system is in no need of help and our health care system is enjoyed by all. Pathetic, ignorant and unfeeling. And to all of you Hillary supports who have jumped ship, SHAME ON YOU. You were never a Hillary supporter to begin with since the McCain/Palin ticket do not support any of the issues Hillary supported. Sad, very sad.

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Dems Rock

    Big deal. Let her endorse McPain. Just goes to show how big money and big oil all stick together in the end.

    OBAMA gets our vote!

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. NoBrainer

    any one standing in the way of history will not end up good.

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. Georgia

    If you can't stand another irrational response, or any more rhetoric about why attacks/questioning of Obama is legitimate but the same questions or standards applied to McCain/Palin are not, I have a simple solution:
    volunteer for the Obama campaign.

    Register new voters. Talk to your neighborhood about why Obama IS the right choice. You'll quickly realize that there are legions of voters who see right through the flip-flopping hypocrisy of the deregulator/regulator, maverick/Republican lapdog, "honorable"/dishonorable candidate named McCain.

    Si se puede! Yes we can!

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. sue

    I totally agree with the woman. I would vote for Hillary but NOT for Obama. Obama was afraid to have a woman on HIS ticket, unlike REAL men. Well, if he didn't respect Hillary then he can explain WHY!!!
    Obama is now toast!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Hillary supporter

    I voted for Hillary in the primary (in a "swing state) and I'll be voting for John McCain in November. I'll be doing this since John McCain is a true patriot, a war hero, some one with character, someone who has ACTUALLY demonstrated bipartisan work. Since Obama does not have any of the above qualities, qualifications the choice is clear.
    I sympathize with this lady and share the dislike towards Obama- the arrogant elitist.

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. pb

    At the end of the day, It's only ONE person and I mean ONE! That has the final say, I don't care how much money you have, how may countries, states you live in, how much wealth you have, because GOD is and will forever be in CONTROL! You know, it's sad to judge a person because of the color of his skin (that's the bottom line) God made him in HIS image not Lynn Forester, Fox news, PUMA's, CNN, MSNBC etc. LET'S JUST BE PATIENT AND SEE WHAT GOD SAY AFTER ALL! ALL POWER IS IN HIS HAND NOT MAN. YOU PEOPLE BETTER WAKE UP! YOU THINK IT'S BADS NOW YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING YET!

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. gary

    When a prominent member of the DNC supports McCain, I would say the Democrats are in trouble.Being a lifetime Democrat it was very hard for me to make the switch also.
    it is not the mainstream Democrats who put Nobama where he is today,but the ones, who as soon as they make their millions will switch to the Republican side.

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |


    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. RML

    Apparently she only supported Hillary because she was female, not because of what she stood for. Obama and Hillary are extremely similar in their ideologies. It's hard to understand how she can call Obama elitist when he owns one home (McCain 7) and has a very minor fraction of worth the McCains have. This makes no sense. The conclusion would have to be that she is like many other shallow women in this country who are voting on gender alone and not the issues. And I suppose she and her husband, like McCain, have enough money not to care about our failing economy...

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. welches, oregon

    There are so many more registered Democrats than Republicans. That's the little secret the GOP doesn't want you to know.

    11,000,000 more registered Democrats in this country than Republicans. – thats 11 million more.

    Polls mean nothing. .

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Paul Motter, Phoenix, AZ

    She is coming to the candidate who really has experience and can do something in Washing ton. McCain knows how to reach across the aisle, Obama couldn't even reach out to Hillary. I don't blame her supporters for ditching Obama – he is disrespectful of women, right sweeties? How many women in his campaign staff? How come you never see Michelle on the road? Cindy McCain is everywhere John goes.

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Chulhee

    Who the eff is Lynn Forrester de Rothchild. Anyone with a name like, and a 'de' in their name is elitist. deRothchild. Ok so some ignorant, racist white lady says the liars like Palin and McCain can be trusted over Obama. Give me a break.

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. Dave


    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Charles

    And she call herself a clinton supporter. I am worried more about the company the Clinton's keep, if she is one of their strongest supportors. Did this fool just say Obama is an Elitist? You know what I call this?.......................HIDDEN RACISM................

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. Phantom of the Oprah

    The media is blind to Obama's stealth tactics because they are TOTALLY awed by his image and rhetoric.

    How can they be so naive as to miss all the underhanded agitating for his cause that Obama instructs and commands? Pay attention to HOW Obama advances himself- not to the speeches.

    I believe the same thing happened in Wurope during the 1930s- the people were following and adoring and obeying and jumping at the directives of their chosen, charismatic, inspiring orators.

    They ended up with tyranny.


    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. demwit

    It takes an elitist to know an elitist. Obama 08!

    Oh wait...

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. i

    I also will NOTvote voor Obama but i will also not vote for mcain I do not trust Obama the way he play the game aginst hillery very dearty what he did so no no obama for me i will not vote this year.

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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