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. p alfonso

    It is understandable that a more centrist Liberal Hillary supporter will decide to endorse John McCain.

    Barack Obama is a far left Liberal that was nominated under that platform and after defeating Hillary he has pretended to be a centrist in efforts to appeal to those that did not support him during the primaries. Obama is now wearing the Democratic Party suite but if elected he will strip from it and return to being the Leftist that he is.

    I wish that more people will wise up to the mistakes that Howard Dean and others made by hijacking the presidential nomination to the far left.

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. J - East Windsor, CT

    A CEO thinks Obama is Elitist.
    Her name should be Mrs. Ironic.
    We don't need you elitist millionaires who want tax breaks for the rich from McSame!
    Please let the door hit you on your way out!

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. hey-liberals...

    .... Most of you dimwit-ocrats on here labeling people as racists for not supporting Barry-O need to get a grip. That attitude will cost him a lot of votes in November. I am not supporting Barry-O for the same reasons I have NEVER supported a dim. I can not vote for naive, pandering populists that hide there socialist views from their supporters.

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Jack Carlson

    This lady is right – Hillary was good and McCain is 2nd in line. It's not about the party, it's about the person.
    Obama needs another 10 yrs of experience so that we can review his record – review his record and read his books folks – we have !
    Jack Carlson
    Seattle Wa

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Please!

    Have you looked in the mirror lately?

    I think it is mighty funny that so many repubs have something to say about this article...but yesterday on the article about the former Sec of State saying McCain was wrong on his stance on Georgia, you could hear a pin drop! Some of you don't have the good sense that God gave you!

    So, I say to those like this woman...let the door hit you where the good Lord split you! Peace!

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Luke

    KEL – "If she was a REAL Democrat she would support Obama but it seems that she is not. I wonder if Obama being black has anything to do with it? LOL"

    Hmmm...so anyone who chooses to NOT vote for Obama is now a racist? Wow. Maybe both parties are starting to do what they should have done long ago...start supporting future leaders on their qualifications, instead of their party affiliations. Now there's an idea.

    Let's not forget, we're trying to elect the next American President, the most powerful person on the planet, not president of the student council at your local high school. No one will ever agree with a presidential candidate on 100% of the issues, but in a world with powerful countries like China, Russia and Iran, who do you want protecting us? I've only voted Republican once in my life, this year will be the second time.

    P.S. For all of you complaining about CNN covering this story, if you are looking for Pro-Obama/Anti-McCain news go to Yahoo or MSNBC. You are on the wrong site, CNN is attempting to be balanced here.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. The Truth Always Hurts and Offends Liberals

    THERE ARE RICH ELITISTS LIKE OBAMA WHO LOOK DOWN THIER NOSES AT OTHERS AND THAN THERE ARE RICH PEOPLE LIKE ROTHSCHILD WHO DO CARE ABOUT THOSE NOT AS FORTUNATE AS THEMSELVES.

    IT'S NOT A SIN TO BE RICH.....IT'S A SIN HOW YOU LET MONEY USE YOU AND HOW YOU TREAT OTHERS AS LESS THAN YOU.....AGAIN, LIKE HUSSEIN OBAMA!!!!

    SO GET OVER IT MEAN SPIRITED RACIST LIBERALS....ROTHSCHILD HAS SEEN THE LIGHT AND IS VOTING FOR MCCAIN AND PALIN.

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. AB

    Nevermind that every financial crisis, depression and recession was created by the Republicans since the early 1900's. That includes the current one. Lets back McCane who by his own admission knows nothing about the economy or even a computer. Four more years of failed Republican policies is what McCain will bring. So let your racist attitude steer your vote and tough for the country. Typical of the rich.

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Jeff

    She has been and always will be a PHONY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. McCain=the draft

    TO ADAM:

    FYI: It is MCCAIN who has attended ZERO meetings on Afghanistan! Get your facts straight!

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. THE COSMOS ROCKS

    »WELL DONNE,Lynn Rochester.WELL DONE. GOOD.

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Tate

    I thought that were going to get past the whole PUMA-thing, no? Way to unify the party, people. I dread the next four years under McCain-Palin rule. Thanks for nothing, you bitter losers.

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. BBL- BOSTON

    White America will be the minority and she don't like that. She is just mad the her candidate LOSS. No fault of Obama. The best American won.

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Kevan, Arkansas

    Ok... Her last name is Rothschild. She's rich, but she thinks Obama is an elitist. Yet, he was raised by a single mother and worked his way up. She's rich, and lives in NY & London. Again, her last name is Rothschild... But according to her, he's an elitist? Isn't that the pot calling the kettle, "BLACK?"

    Wait... I think I've found the real reason.

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Wallace Khabo

    Well, to me this is nothing but sexism and racism combined. Nothing else. Hope she can leave with the consequences of her choice.

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. Rob

    I see someone here referred to Palin as a 'lightweight ninny'. To this fine example person, and others who may share this opinion, this 'lightweight ninny' has more life experience, more business experience, and more executive level government experience than Obama could even dream of. Granted, she's not it the pockets of liberal special interest groups, spent most of her time as governor dreaming about being VP, or had Oprah clamoring all over her, but the fact is that the Republican candidate for VICE PRESIDENT has more experience and is better qualified than the Democrat candidate for PRESIDENT. Even people within your own party see that.

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. Debbie in LA

    And who is she again!!

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. mitchell

    i dont think she needs to be on the platform commitee ,anymore.

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. Sarah Plain and small

    Well she is a super rich white woman, I think she is in the wrong party to start with, she'd be more at home with the greedy old party and people of her own "tint". But Obama elitist? If he were white and pulled himself up by his own bootstraps like he has, I bet she'd be right on board. but since he's not of the right "shade", she "doesn't like him"
    Uhhuh... Its very clear where she's coming from.

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. no fear

    I had to laugh a little at her vogue pose. She could easily be viewed as every bit elitist as she would claim Obama to be. But since I don't know her, I can't really say.

    Perhaps she saw how incredibly easy it was for Palin to achieve her 15 minutes of fame that she thought she'd give a try?

    Obama is not elitist. If anyone takes the time to delve more into his life, his experiences, and how those experiences come to shape his perspective, they will know he is anything but elitist.

    It is truly curious as to why he gets called this. I have to wonder if it is based on some kind of prejudice; is he called elitist because there are those who think he should "keep his place." Do they resent his confidence?

    Anyone can say something loud enough and long enough, and whether or not it holds merit, there will be those who are all too willing to believe what someone else tells them is so.

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. GrammieJ from TN

    So What!! She was not really a Democrat anyway, just someone out for the glory of who cares what!
    Probably in McShames pocket and frankly I have never heard of the woman till I read this article!
    We need to wake up folks and talk about what is going on in our world, we are in desparate times and need someone who tells the truth and has a plan, that person is OBAMA

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. REGGIE92

    Obama is a radical Muslim. CNN will not report any information about his past. They are hiding information about him from the American people. They are protecting him. Why? They only post comments they want people to read. He is a Manchurian Candidate!!

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Jean, Indiana

    The Clintons are rattle snakes disguised as geckos. Hillary and Bill are doing much back biting in this campaign. They can not stand to loose. This just demonstrate that the Clintons are not who people thought they were. Even if Obama loose, I will never vote for a Clinton ever again. Too much has happened. How in the hell can a man with Obama’s background be considered an elitist? His background demonstrates that America is full of opportunity. These Republicans will stoop to any level to bash a democrat. It is, however, unfortunate that some people can not see past color. It's going to take a major catastrophe for some of these so-called supreme being to unite with people of color. Otherwise, oppressed views will forever run this nation.

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. THE COSMOS ROCKS

    »WELL DONE,LYNN FORESTER. Good.

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. FH in SC

    PRIDE! Yes, Pride goeth before the fall...... we see it over and over.

    Obama was top of the world, a heartbeat away from the Presidency.
    What happened? He thought he could do it on his own thin resume, and refused to pick HILLARY for VP.

    Now he will find himself at the bottom of the world.. back to first year
    rookie Senator without all the perks-- instead of Commander in Chief. That's what PRIDE does.

    And Streisand's 90 million event won't buy him the position. We vote for the person, not the hoopla.

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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