September 18th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Rothschild: I'm a middle-class girl from Jersey

Rothschild said she hasn't spoken to Hillary Clinton about her endorsement of John McCain.
Rothschild said she hasn't spoken to Hillary Clinton about her endorsement of John McCain.

(CNN) – Lynn Forester de Rothschild, once a prominent supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s bid for president who has switched her allegiance to Sen. John McCain, is pushing back on attempts by some Democrats to “play the class card” against her.

Watch: Rothschild makes McCain's case

De Rothschild, the wife of a scion of the British Rothschild family that made its fortune in private banking, is standing by her charge that it is Sen. Barack Obama who is the elitist. “An elitist is someone whose state of mind is that they’re better than the rest of us,” Rothschild told CNN’s John Roberts on American Morning Thursday. “As president, he will be very full of himself. That is elitist, ok. To be privileged is not elitist.”

Rothschild pointed to her middle-class origins in response to Democratic charges that she is an elitist. “I am a girl from New Jersey. A middle-class family. My father worked two jobs. Four kids went to college, law school. I earned a good part of the fortune that we have,” she said.

De Rothschild, a lawyer and entrepreneur who made a reported $100 million in telecommunications before she met Sir Evelyn Rothschild, was a prolific fundraiser for Sen. Clinton. On American Morning, she defended McCain’s record on equal pay for women, an issue the Obama campaign highlighted on the same day de Rothschild announced her endorsement of McCain.

“Trying to tag John McCain as ‘not good for women’ is just insane,” de Rothschild said Wednesday. She also told Roberts that McCain has “a record” of taking on special interests, bipartisanship, leadership, and making tough decisions while Obama only has “rhetoric” on all of those points.

soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. bob

    Obama/Biden are on a smear campaign beacuse they would 'nt know the truth if it hit them in the postier. Too bad no one has the guts to talk up how much Fannie and Freddie paid those two over the years and how many bills were sponsored by McCain to get those weasels we just bailed out to be regulated. Oh yeah that was because Barney Frank and team may have had their hands in the cookie jar eh?

    September 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Chut Pata

    I don't get it. If Obama is elitist, why are elites like Rothschild pissed off? Even more, why is Obama taxes heavy on elites and light on poor?

    If Obama is elitist, elites like Rothschild and Cindy McCain should support him.

    September 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Susan in Colorado

    lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol .....I can't stop laughing.

    September 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. laura rangel

    who is this and who cares!!! Can we get back to important issues?!!!

    September 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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