September 18th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
11 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.

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  1. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    She said: “An elitist is someone whose state of mind is that they’re better than the rest of us,”

    By her definition, she can't possibly be referring to Obama. He's always talking about "we" - about how together we can fix the problems this country faces and make the world a better place. He's the community organizer working side-by-side with anybody willing to make a positive difference. He doesn't put himself above anybody.

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Jason

    Can someone in the news media ask this woman 3 questions?

    1) Name 1 issue Hillary Clinton is closer to McCain on than Obama?

    2) Please name 1 women's issue for which McCain has lead and/or supported? (Picking Sarah Palin doesn't count)

    3) Please explain why you believe Obama to be snobbish and/or elitist? (No generalities or "feelings", only empirical evidence...)

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Toni

    He may be a bit cocky and confident

    But he is no elitist

    You my dear, are elitist. I wonder has she read Obama's bio because he sure didnt have a silver spoon in her mouth'

    She is just salty is all

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. TC

    MCCAIN USED TO BE AN HONORABLE, MORAL MAN AND A ROLE MODEL.

    NOW HE IS LITTLE MORE THAN A SAD, BITTER, ANGRY, SELF-ABSORBED OLD MAN WITH OLD IDEAS.

    HOW TRAGIC TO COMPROMISE ONE'S INTEGRITY, CONSCIENCE AND HUMANESS ALL FOR THE SAKE OF WINNING AN ELECTION.

    HOW PATHETIC AND VERY, VERY SAD. HE IS NOW JUST A TIRED CLOWN.

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. M.Serafin

    who are you trying to fool Ma'am ?? yourself or us ??

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. si mwen te konen tou jou deye

    lady the rough child......should shut up. it's obvious she is the elitist. and she has certainly forgot how she came up. now she is married to a billionaire and she is a multimillionaire herself and she wants to tell me obama and biden don't get it because they want to give me health care and lower my gaz price. this lady must been drinking too much sizzzup.......or something cause is is drunk on something

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Dameun Strange

    She didn't help Hilary and show wont help McSame and Palin-comparison.

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Matthew

    Please, if she was supporting Obama, she'd be praised as a strong woman and celebrated for raising and donating tons of money.

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Tosha-Atlanta, GA

    Lynn Who???? and she lives where six months out of the year. Everyday Americans don't have that privelege. She is out of touch so who cares who she supports.

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Mickie in PA

    Let's get this straight: being raised by a single mom and working your way through school is being an elitist. You have to be born to a powerful family who uses influence to get you into West Point when your grades aren't good enough to get you in anywhere else; or, be born a Rothschild and we all know that that name means nothing (LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL) – oh yeah – you are soooooo down to earth.

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Sooze Hawaii

    I saw the interview with Campbell Brown yesterday. This lady is a SOUR GRAPE (A Rich Sour Grape) She couldn't say why she didn't want to vote for Obama. It sounded like the issues were NOT the problem but in fact she a Biggot! Just say the truth Lynn. Obama is BLACK. Because his views are almost exactly the same as Clinton. So come clean. CNN please do your homewok before you invite guests to come on the show. She looked like a complete idiot.

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    GOLDDIGGER!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. NB

    Come on guys give some love to this poor rich woman. She is trying to say that she is one among us. Did Maccain teach you that.
    Sorry didn't work.

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. TC

    “Trying to tag John McCain as ‘not good for women’ is just insane,” de Rothschild said Wednesday.

    EXCUSE ME. WHO IS THE INSANE ONE LYNN????

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. suzyku

    This woman is a bitter nasty and apparently vindictive idiot!

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. mackie

    Another nutcase. She is racist – she sounded empty and the news media is giveing her a platform for her racist views.

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. watching

    If she was for Hillary and disagrees with every issue McCain is for (and voting for thr person) she is singing one song

    "true colors shining through"

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. gordi canada

    She just dose not make any sense to me, she must be just p...
    because Hilary lost, you know Hilary did alot of lieing and mud wrestling when she ran , just like Msame...she must just get turned on by that kind of politics, I guess she has the right to vote for whom she chooses.Can any one answer me this , when the do the polling are they just calling people with land lines , because if they arn't calling cells , than that would explain why Obamas not way further ahead than Mcsame

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. john

    another nut case from nowhere your one second fame is up!!!!!!!!!! go home now

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Independent in DC

    yawn

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. dennise

    Please! She's supporting McCain because she wants a tax break.

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Nurse Ratchet

    What is it with these Peggy Hill wanna be clones coming out of the woodwork?! Listen your highness, you can act like it all you want but you're no Peggy Hill.

    If you vote for McCain you deserve the Bizarro world you get! Don't come crying to us. Hillary doesn't want your support if you "only" voted for her for her gender.

    You know, it's just as sexist to vote for someone because of their gender as it is to vote against them. Hillary is a very intelligent and capable woman who doesn't need your pandering butt-kissing votes in the first place.

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. vw

    This lady told a truth.
    When all Americans especially those white working men and women cool down and they will recognize this and then they make a good choice (a man with more experiences and good record to fight for his fellow citizens) for this country.

    September 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Geeque

    Shut the hell up Lady, u sound confused.

    September 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Lee

    You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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