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. Lia

    I can only say that her mind is narrow and heart is ugly.

    September 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Please, please, please keep putting this person on the air.

    She forgot to mention that Obama is uppity.

    September 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Enough

    Good-bye lady, don't leave angry, just leave.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Marianne Smith

    And why should we care about you Jersey Girl.

    September 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. oh really

    This women is an idiot to her core. she is a billion air married to another billionare, but obama's the elitists. What a dirtbag.

    September 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Ratgurl

    McCain ALSO has a record of voting AGAINST equal pay for women bills as a senator.

    That doesn't sound like a politician who supports women's rights.

    Get your facts straight

    September 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. WOW - CONCERNED WOMEN

    Hey Jersey Girl................................STOP

    AMERICA IS AWAKE NOW....................................DIDN'T YOU GET THE MEMO

    NOBODY CARES WHAT YOU THINK...............................................

    WE ARE TAKING BACK OUR COUNTRY .......SO YOU AND YOUR ELITE FRIENDS CAN GO PICK THE POCKETS OF SOMEBODY WHOSE SLEEP.....

    LOSER..............................

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Rodney

    She failed to mention he's black that is why she isn't supporting him.

    September 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Lexis

    I'm pretty sure she grew up with all of us in "the hood" too. lol lol lol

    September 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Foo Man Jew

    This chic is too much. Anyone w/ "de" in their name or married to a sir shouldn't be calling anyone else elite, esp a black guy. BTW pukess your roots are black, go to London and hang w/ the Sir

    September 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. obamacrat

    So basically she is saying..."I feel that Obama is an elitist so now I am changing sides and voting for a man who wants to continue the war in Iraq, doesn't believe in a woman's right to choose, doesn't have a plan to make healthcare affordable, and the list goes on and on..." It is a shame that there are so many people around the world who can't vote for their leader and we have people such as Lynn Forester de Rothschild that base their vote on utter nonsense. "I don't like Obama so I'm voting for McCain". Give me a break.

    September 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Tim

    Give me a break ! She was an enthusiastic supporter of Senator Clinton and now supports McCain whose views are in stark contrast to Clinton's. She doesn't have to like anybody and can support whomever she wants, but don't be an "elitist" hypocrite. Senators Clinton and Obama have practically identical views on the issues. I loved my Grandmother, but I wouldn't have voted for her just because she was a woman. Apparently Rothschild's support for Clinton was purely gender-based as she now enthusiastically embraces Palin regardless of the issues.

    September 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Frank

    McCain/Palin! These hard workers deserve to win the White House and clean up this crazy mess!

    September 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. ron

    Well all you obama robots have finally shown your true colors. This woman supported Hillery. So I guess she has many of the same problems as McCain.

    O Bama and the dems are succeeding at what they do best–divide the country racially and economically. Because idiots like you actually believe it.

    September 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. TC

    Hey Lynn, the peroxide has sarted to seep into your pores!

    The closest Palin will ever get to taking that 3am call will be when a moose is going through her garbage cans!

    September 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Chicago Chris

    As soon as this board fills up with anti-McCain posts CNN will close it off....AGAIN.

    September 18, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Thanh

    Just because you have money and properties doesn't make you elite in this sense. She's talking about the state of mind. Obama is drunk with power. Look at the stage he had built for his acceptance speech. It was a temple. He oversold his tickets to the stadium as well.

    Then there's the O seal he created in the likeness of the presidential seal. The man is so full of himself. People forgot the guns and religion bit. He says he wants to give power back to the people, but he wants to create new agencies and government institutions to govern their lives and he sells that to his followers like a preacher.

    He declined public campaign financing. The list goes on and on.

    September 18, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Lissa in Montreal

    I've yet to hear her say one thing to back up her support of McCain or her disdain of Obama. She's making a fool of herself by going public.

    Let's keep our eye on the ball here: her support wouldn't make OR break Senator Obama's bid for the white house and it is less than is needed for Senator McCain to get the votes he so desperately needs.

    No worries. She's only 1 sour grape.

    September 18, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Mark

    Why should we care about this Rotten child?? Economy is screwed. stocks are tumbling, and we are worrying about Donald Trump, Rotten child, Limbaug and Joe Dauberman or Bill O'reily.

    Shame on us. We always get our attention diverted to unnecessary issues.

    September 18, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. idahosa, Canada

    it would really be nice if CNN can post a link to the interview Campbell Brown did with Lynn Forester de Rothschild on Wed 17th.

    this nut job could not defend her claims that obama is an elitist and arrogant. isn't it sad that people like this who should know better focus on irrelevant claims and make their decisions based on that?

    it just shows that having money does necessarily make you smart person.

    September 18, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. KennyT

    Not only is Mr. NOBAMA an elitist, but he is also a racist.
    Only he could attend a church for 20 years, and be mentored by a racist most of his adult life (the Good Reverend) and say he never got the message that was preached from the pulpit? Come on people the man is a joke. She is not the only Democrat that has opened her eyes, many of us have.
    Hillary 2012!!

    Go Mc Cain – Palin

    September 18, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Brian L

    If Obama were truly an elitist, would he have used that Ivy league education to help the urban Chicago poor? Elitists don't have a strong record of subverting their own ambitions to help the less fortunate. She may not like Obama because he is smarter than most of us- but that doesn't make him elitist.

    In any case, I'd rather have a brilliant elitist navigating our country away from certain disaster than a well-meaning buffoon.

    September 18, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. MW / Calif.

    Campbell did an excellent job interviewing this woman last night. Lynn simply could not answer why she accuses Obama of being an elitist. Makes me wonder why she really hates Obama?? Hummmm

    September 18, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. greedyboy

    You have got to be kidding me she says "An elitist is someone whose state of mind is that they’re better than the rest of us" Ok, she has described herself, but not Obama.

    September 18, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. J from DC

    I am not voting for the odd couple. The McCain Palin ticket looks like a bad arranged marriage. Remind McCain Campaign that Palins work related emails are property of the state.

    September 18, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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