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. Mike G

    The saddest thing is she actually things people care about her opinion.

    Oh and anyone else see a connect between: "made their fortune in private banking" and what is happening this week?

    This idiot is so transparent it's pathetic!

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

    Well I guess this crazy person got the attention she wanted. She forgot to mention that as a child this was the attention she did not get.

    Poor thing.

    September 18, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. WOW - CONCERNED WOMEN

    MS SMITH..............

    SURE SHE HAS A RIGHT TO AN OPINION ......BUT WHAT MAKES HER THINK ANYONE CARES WHAT SHE HAS TO SAID......PLZ.........

    PICK POCKET TIME IS OVER.......AMERICA IS AWAKE NOW DIDN'T YOU GET THE MEMO

    WE WILL TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK FROM THE GREEDY ELITES.....

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 18, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. RYAN kr Jr

    We know who you 're–a big bigot married to a billionaire. It is absolutely deplorable to hear you called Obama elitist. What a joke-this is a guy that borrowed money for college, grew up in single parent household? Shame, shame Lynn Forester.

    September 18, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Apprentice

    Racist, turncoat, traitor, and elitist. You have made Hillary proud!

    September 18, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. OPO

    Is this woman serious? She is the ELITIST whose words come off as pretty insulting. She is either very very bitter that Hillary lost or just doesn't like the idea of a confident black guy in the white house. How can u justify this switch when Obama and Clinton were about 95% the same on the issues. You don't "trust" him and he is "full of himself." Is this Geraldine Ferraro's more racist sister?!?!?!

    September 18, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    Sure she spends 90% of her time living in London and and does not consider herself elitist how stupid do these Mc Cain people think we are they just come up with more and more unbelievable things everyday

    September 18, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. TC

    Hey Ms. Smith:

    Don't be such a hypocrite. I suppose you defen the McCain lies and inaccuracies too!

    Typical republican! Spooky!

    September 18, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Rose

    I guess she was an okay person when she supported Clinton but now she isn't. Ms. Smith is right, everyone is entitled to their own opinions

    September 18, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. liz , St. Louis MO

    Looks like De Rothschild is supporting McCain to spite Obama but not based on 'issues' simply because Hillary lost. It seems like she is 'bitter' and did not get over the fact that Hillary lost. She is entitled to endorse McCain but she should shut up and stop labelling Obama 'elitist' and using harsh words like 'it is insane to say McCain is not good for women'. Well, I am a woman and John McCain's vote against 'equal pay for equal work' is not good for me. Does that sound 'insane'?. She is the 'elitist' and struggling families know that OBAMA IS NOT ELITIST. I wonder when she is going back to London for her vacation and give us a break!

    September 18, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Apprentice

    Racist!

    September 18, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Shut up

    SHUT UP YOU OLD HAG!!! No One cares WHAT you have to say.

    Please GO AWAY, FAR AWAY!

    September 18, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. greedyboy

    She is a sexist as well...all she wants is a woman in the whitehouse, even if it is an unqualified hockey mom named Palin.

    September 18, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Angie

    Yeah then why would Obama give up his chance to be whatever he wanted to just to go back down into the trenches to help people who were less fortunate than he was. Then let us as people apologize for Obama caring for someone other then his own self. Lady Rothschild needs a reality check ASAP!!!

    September 18, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. BOOTSTOMPER

    Who cares what a Rothschild says or thinks. So clueless.

    September 18, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. TC

    I can see the White House from the front stoop of my condominium and it's a lot closer than Russia.

    Oh My God! I'm qualified to be Vice President!

    September 18, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Shut up

    Oh Mrs. Smith –
    I guess Rethuglicans are not rude, they're just liars

    September 18, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Carol

    Special thanks to Lynn Forester de Rothschild. She said the same thing women have been saying for months, but our voice has been unheard by the DNC. She has the power to be heard and the courage to say it.

    carol
    Springfield, Oregon

    September 18, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. jake747

    This "elitist" label everyone keeps trying to pin on Obama is absurd. According to her own definition that an elitist is someone who thinks they are better than us - nearly every single politician in this country would fall under that. And, I'm sorry, don't by the argument "elitism" is a mindset. Hogwash, it is totally related to ones priviledges in life.

    Mrs. Smith, have you heard and read comments from the other side? C'mon, both sides are firing attacks, if you can't see both do it, you are pretty blind.

    September 18, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. BR

    Typical crying from the obamaphiles. Why don't you go flooding the radio stations with calls to beat down his opponents. Your boy will lose in Nov. 4 more years of Republican Rule. I love it!

    September 18, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. ccat

    It's insane that McCain publicly opposed the Lilly Ledbetter bill and skipped out on its vote, conveniently. Is that someone who supports women's rights? And he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    I guess if you are a community organizer instead of a high priced lawyer, you are someone who thinks you are "better" than everyone else and are therefore an "elitist." Get real.

    You are voting for the person who most looks like you. If you're not an elitist, what does that make you?

    September 18, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Christina

    Yawn! So...wait...someone has an opinion about this election? Why is no one televising my opinion, oh yeah, because I'm not RICH!

    The only thing remotely interesting about this woman is her husband's status as a scion. Seriously, what's a "scion"? I looked it up on wikipedia, and it means a son or daughter. So now the bigger question is, why did Toyota choose that for a car name?

    Oh sorry Mrs. De Rothschild, you were speaking?

    September 18, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. TC

    I can see the White House from the front stoop of my condominium and it's only 3 blocks away. Hell of a lot closer than Russia.

    HOORAY! I'm qualified to be Vice President!

    September 18, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. GE

    Ms. Smith, she's obviously entitled to her opinions; we just find it very amusing that a Rothschild would call someone 'elitist' (it's not surprising though that a large number of conservatives have probably never even heard of the Rothschilds, considering their aversion to anything beyond Fox News).

    September 18, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Shut up

    Maybe we're just all sick of the total BS the republicans throw at us daily and guess what.... WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK

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