September 16th, 2008
10:07 PM ET
14 years ago

Prominent Clinton backer and Dem donor to endorse McCain


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A prominent backer of Hillary Clinton is endorsing McCain."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee, will endorse John McCain for president on Wednesday, her spokesman tells CNN.

The announcement will take place at a news conference on Capitol Hill, just blocks away from the DNC headquarters. Forester will “campaign and help him through the election,” the spokesman said of her plans to help the Republican presidential nominee.

Forester was a major donor for Clinton earning her the title as a Hillraiser for helping to raise at least $100,000 for the New York Democratic senator’s failed presidential bid.

In an interview with CNN this summer, Forester did not hide her distaste for eventual Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

“This is a hard decision for me personally because frankly I don't like him,” she said of Obama in an interview with CNN’s Joe Johns. “I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him.”

Forester is the CEO of EL Rothschild, a holding company with businesses around the world. She is married to international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild. Forester is a member of the DNC’s Democrats Abroad chapter and splits her time living in London and New York.

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  1. Anonymous

    We Independents know that McCain is not the liar. Obama is the LIAR, LIAR, pants on fire. Run, run back to Illinois and the Chicago Machine. It's so funny to see the liberals on T.V. going crazy. They know Obama is DONE!!!

    September 16, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  2. Cheryl R

    The very name Rothschild is a synonym for pampered, born with a silver spoon in your mouth, snobbish elitism and this woman lives up to her name. What this grand dame of the bitter losers brigade means when she says she doesn't like Obama is that "he's not one of us".

    The elitists like Rothschild aren't used to not getting their own way, so when they don't, they make sure someone pays even if it means throwing all the values and political beliefs they claimed to hold out the window.

    September 16, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  3. Robwin

    Interesting. The story is about a Democrat, a party leader who refuses to support Obama, and the first response here is something having to do with Palin. Awhile later another poster seems to imply the refusal to support Obama may result from racism. All of the rest of the responses reflect a bitterness at this woman's lifestyle that would never have been considered had she remained a loyal Democrat. You Obamaniacs are somewhat of a sorry group, you know that.

    September 16, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  4. Lee, Chicago

    She's calling him an elitist??? Was this interview on the tarmac before she jetted off to London for some shopping?

    The racist should have just called him "uppity" and left it that.

    September 16, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  5. Obama Inevitable Win

    I guess if Obama was white it would be a different story.

    Let's face it, people in power still don't like the black folk.

    September 16, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  6. Carole C., Chicago

    She was a member of the DNC's platform committee? What kind of a sell out is she? Another flip flop? I am sure that Barack Obama was not ready to genuflect at the altar of Lady de Rothschild! She's more than likely a closet racist to say that she simply doesn't like him and that he's done nothing to gain her trust. I guess she trusts Bill and Hillary cause she spent the night in the White House! Give me a break...she sounds like the elitist of the highest magnitude. Hey Barack, you can't win them all, cross her off and move on. For every one you lose you gain three!

    September 16, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  7. obama 08-12

    who cares?

    September 16, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  8. stephanie

    What a shallow person! How any Hillary supporter could vote mCCain-Palin is beyond reason. McCain=Palin have shown their trust? How exactly have they done that? Palin represents women's interests? Give me a break. This hypocrite and closet racist is exactly whats wrong with this country. Shameful.

    September 16, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  9. Carol Spitzer

    One thing is for sure, we will have a visible vice-president. The two candidates have spoken out more in their election campaigns than we've heard Cheney speak in 8 years. We will have a VP!

    September 16, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  10. Sarah....and my last name isn't Palin

    She splits her time in London and New York, and Obama's the elitist? Whatever...

    September 16, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  11. Sherry

    I find it really amazing that some, who are the wealthiest; whether born into it, married it or got it by questionable means, dare to call Obama an elitist. Maybe this lady just hung on to Hillary Clinton's coattails because she was a woman running for president. If she truly believed in Clinton's message and what she stands for, she wouldn't be backing McCain.

    September 16, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  12. LC

    How much did they pay her for the endorsement?

    September 16, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  13. K2

    Poor Obama, he got the nod from the Dem's big wigs in exchange for taking stalwart Biden along for the ride. The old guard thought Obama needed a baby sitter and now it has sunk Obama. I guess Dean got what he wanted (to unseat the Clintons as the Dem's power broker) at the expense of the party. That probably warrants another wicked howl from Dean.

    September 16, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. Scott A., Lakeland, FL

    John McCain owns 8 houses (or more by now) and she's calling Obama the elitist? How is a man who helped out the poor his entire life an elitist compared to a man who married an heiress and whose only economic plan is to keep giving the rich tax cuts?

    I think this lady was a Republican to begin with and I'm surprised the Democrats didn't see through her tactics (although she may have blended in fine with Hillary's conservative staff that she had).

    The Democrats definitely don't need someone that moronic and misguided. Good riddens to bad rubbish.

    September 16, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  15. Kiki


    September 16, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  16. Donna

    McCain needs all the help he can get...she worked for Clinton, she isn't a Campaign Manager that quit like McCains did because he didn't want to run against Obama any longer...

    Hillary must have promised her a job in her administration if she became President...oh well..good riddance!!!

    September 16, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  17. Jatovi, NC

    Hey, what do you know, another rich person endorsing McCain. I wonder who has more houses?

    September 16, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  18. DB

    Obviously she is an angry does someone who is a true Democrat and true supporter of what Hillary Clinton stands for and believes in suddenly become a McCain/Palin supporter? This defies logic. And the fact that she has to be "in your face" about it is unnecessary. Like I said she's an angry woman and now she can go be an angry Republican.

    September 16, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  19. spiderweb

    Obama, an elitist????? This woman is using her emotions and her reasoning is helter-skelter. Hope is the substance of this campaign and with fickleness of people like Lynn Forester de Rothschild, I could never vote for a ticket that is so "white" and so driven to destroy as the McCain/Palin ticket. By the way, I'm a registered Republican so my vote will definitely counter De Rothchild.! Obama/Biden 2008!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  20. Sydney Boy

    Is it just me or does it sound as if someone has fed her those lines?

    I think a little digging should be done to see if Mrs de Rothschild has a job waiting for her in a McCain White House.

    September 16, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  21. Jay, San Diego California

    Am I dreaming, or did someone with the last name "de Rothschild" who is married to someone with the title "Sir" just call a man who was raised by a single mother an "elitist"?

    September 16, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  22. Xango 08 & 12

    this woman, and the rest of the elistist who CANT stand a simple man calling them for who they are, is furious,
    she did not get what she wanted, clinton who would have done favors for her as in the past,
    so she is mad.. as hell..

    hey a republican and a rich republican always a republican

    that is why hillary and bill hav enot done a thing for Obama
    they want him to loose so they can return to power..

    it is all a game, for the rich elite 1% in this country MCBUSH, MCCAIN and MCCLINTON , MCCNNN Inclulded..

    the rich always stick with the rich, NO matter who CNN wants to spin it..

    September 16, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  23. Larry

    Don't let the doorknob hit you...............

    September 16, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  24. NSmith, New York, NY

    Who cares.

    September 16, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  25. Wal-Mart Mom

    This is only the beginning. It starts with a trickle and ends with the deluge as women and blue collar men flock to Governor Palin and Senator McCain.

    Sarah Palin is on her way to the Presidency after a stint as VP. She's only 44 and will be around long after Joe Biden is in a nursing home.

    Sarah Palin 12 & 16'

    September 16, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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