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.

soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Billiam the Kid

    I wonder if this broad was a kid in a single parent home. See the problem is elitest is what you say now wen a black man is "uppity".,..

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

    Say anything do anything to protect the money. Isn't this the true mantra of a wealthy conservative?

    September 18, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. RICH WOMAN

    She's a snobby woman in pearls. Did you see her press conference? She acted stuck up. She calling the poor guy from Hawaii snobby? The republicans aren't even buying this one.

    September 18, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Sara

    Who is this woman and how did she get on tv???

    September 18, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. karen

    Sour Grapes. Who needs her??????

    September 18, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. ClintonDem4Cynthia08

    Obama is going to lose. Accept it.

    September 18, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. BJ, Texas

    Let's look at the facts. We're in the middle of an economic crisis and egObama is out with his hollywood chums liviing it up at a $28,000 a plate dinner. An elitist, egObama?

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

    She had that sort of glazed over look............like Glenn Close in 'Fatal Attraction'.

    September 18, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Yeah... another one of us "common folk" who calls Obama an elitest. She sounds about as common as McCains wife... who belongs to American royalty. Please... she fits the McCain/Palin agenda well.

    God spare us from another 4 years of these people.

    September 18, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    What an idiot.................................

    September 18, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. J from DC

    McCain economic plan ‘ultimate Bridge to Nowhere’ now that is a CNN story. I am still not sure, what this is.

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

    who really cares...she acts like an elitist & should really have always been with the GOP. Hey I was also a Hillary supporter but I have sense enough to move on ....I do wish she would have left our party & taken Joe Lieberman with her & not just been willing to vote republican.

    September 18, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Kryptik

    She seems to think that Obama didn't have to work to where he is either.

    And the fact that she's defending McCain on women's issues is laughable. He does have a record, that's true. But it's mostly bad, and what of it that's good he's run away from. She says Obama simply has rhetoric...but McCain is worse. He has rhetoric that says one thing, then a record that says the other.

    September 18, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. New Day

    I think she's just "bitter"

    September 18, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Nate

    The name calling is hillarious on here is hillarious...The people hanging out on the CNN Forums and Comment room have so much hate. I

    September 18, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Karma from Indiana

    I am not sure if any of you all so her interview the Campbell yesterday.. She looked like an idiot as she sat there and talked about her muti billion dollar fortune but called Obama an elitist..She never answered Campbel's question directly about that.

    September 18, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Tired of the Lies

    Voters have two choices:

    1) Vote for the guy who agrees with George W Bush 90% of the time: McCain

    2) Vote for the guy who agrees with Hillary Clinton 90% of the time: Obama

    Rothschild made her choice; she now supports the guy who wants to even further deregulate the industry that made her husband rich. Big surprise.

    September 18, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Aaron Hussein

    Another sore loser from camp Hillary.

    September 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Victor

    For haven's sake! It's not hard to figure out why she endorsed McCain. This chick will have to pay taxes for the first time in 8 years if Obama is elected. She has alot to loose.

    September 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Never let them see you sweat....

    AND I HAVE A BRIDGE IN ALASKA FOR SALE!!!!

    REALLY, WHO CARES!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Jacqueline for Obama/Biden 08!

    I watched Rothschild interview with Campbell Brown last nite. How can anyone with this woman's resume, prestige, and money be in a position to call Barack Obama an elitist? It's absolutely laughable. The term elitist was coined to describe people just like her.

    What she should do is stop hiding behind this "elitist" bs, and be honest enough to say why she REALLY refuses to support Obama. She is yet another person who is not ready or willing to embrace the idea of a qualified, educated, charismatic, African American man as president of the United States.

    September 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. America think for you

    The reason why our economy is crashing is because of Iraq all the money that was supposed to refuel the economy are been sent to Iraq while the economy is let alone to die. The consumers have no confidence in the market that is mean they will not spend and again the economy will struggle. John McCain does not understand that simple economics formula and stated that the economy is strong. I know that McCain pocket is strong because he is a rich man. But, our economy is not strong.

    September 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. mike

    And here we have the McCain/Palin base. Old, rich and out of touch people that have NO IDEA how much a gallon of milk costs.

    Why did she support Hillary? If its ANYTHING other then because she's a woman... then she should be supporting Obama – who has just about the same POLICY!!!

    September 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Chris - Hemet, Ca.

    She stated on Larry King when pressed for an answer as to why she is voting for McCain after supporting Clinton in the primary, she stated that it's because Obama is an elitist. She's one of the ten riches women on the planet and she calls Obama an elitist???? This stuff just gets stranger and stranger. And oh yeah, Gov. Palin thanks but no thanks on that trip to the White House.

    September 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Palin is "failin" women

    So we should vote for a guy who picks the most anti-women's rights woman in the world!!

    Thanks, but no thanks.

    September 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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