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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soundoff (877 Responses)
  1. Patty,RI

    Of course she doesn't like him! He won't be indebted to any of the lobbyist for EL Rothschild when he gets elected. Barack Obama is backed by the people NOT special interest groups,therefore he won't need to pay back any favors to EL Rothschild's when he is deciding on policy. Shame on her for personalizing this election. Let us not forget that there are over 200 million people here and for a long, long time about 98% of them have been struggling with the decisions made by the top 2%. It truly is TIME FOR CHANGE.

    September 16, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. DCMata

    This very rich woman is not interested in anything Clinton or the party stands for- or she could not turn to McCain?

    She is not one of us- McCain can have her...think she suffers from a dose of racism!

    September 16, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse NY

    One Democrat that's actually sane.

    September 16, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. Brian

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild complains about elitism.

    You lost me at "de"

    September 16, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. Holger

    This is where all these comments don't make any sense and are just a lot of drivel.
    If it was somebody endorsing Obama , these comments would be full of praises.
    Quite frankly , any endorsements , especialy from politicians and celebrities are so irrelevant and don't deserve any mention in the news.

    September 16, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  6. francee

    As a former Hillary supporter, I held out until the very end. I was mad and angry that Obama did not pick her as his VP, then along came Palin and I knew we had to join together or this country could be in serious trouble. So this woman who claims to not be able to trust Obama is "full of it" if she thinks she can trust McCain and Palin. Good bye and good ridence. I don't think she has any problems filling up her luxury cars or if she's worried about her retirement.

    September 16, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  7. Edward

    I don't care who she endorses.

    September 16, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. Tamara, VA

    How in the world is someone who is the CEO of of a major business and married to an international banker calling someone else an elitist?? This is foolishness! Who cares what she thinks!!

    September 16, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  9. ERIC, MN

    SOUR GRAPES. The best part is when Obama wins, she'll be stuck with the loser republicans. Good choice lady.

    September 16, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  10. MW

    Anyone that would go from voting from Hillary to voting for McCain, never understood what Hillary stands for in the first place. Go vote for McCain Lynn, but remember to bend over whan you cast your ballot.

    September 16, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  11. Matt

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LYNN!!!!!!!!!! One of those uptights. Suck it up!!!! Obama is the nominee, get used to it to all those angry people that still remain. She is not in her right mind. The smart Hillary supporters will not fall for McSame and Pali(es)n. I have been an Obama supporter since the start of this election and I know he will win in november even without some of Hillarys supporters.

    Obama-Biden 08

    September 16, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  12. Mike

    Please please tell me that a 'ROTHSCHILD". One of the infamous international Billionaire Baking families did not call Obama an eliteist !
    The hipocracy of these ludacris Corporate Billionaire Power Brokers who control America through their puppets the GOP just astounds me.
    Please tell me that America finally sees through this very expensive smoke screen. We must re take our Democracy and throw these Republican criminals out !

    September 16, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  13. Who really cares?

    She probably thinks "the economy is fundamentally strong" like

    September 16, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  14. rory

    Must have needed to vote for a women for the sake of being a women

    September 16, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |

    Who gives a rat... ( you know the rest ) what they think. It just show that's they are not that bright.. Or the McCain Tax breaks for the rich are looking good to them, maybe they are AIG / FREDDIE MAC STOCKHOLDERS Who now want the tax breaks for the rich to keep on going.. that's because they are RICH RIGHT! WINK WINK NOD NOD.

    September 16, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  16. texas democrat

    Why is she wasting everyone's time by holding a press conference?She should just do it.

    September 16, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  17. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    Goes to show ya.
    So What!

    September 16, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  18. mccain/palin = bush/cheney

    ms. rothschild has her own agenda, she was not a true Hillary supporter anyway.

    September 16, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  19. skm

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild donated a LOT of money to DNC, DNCC, DNP candidates and Hillary Clinton. She pushed the unity message to unite as a party and urged Sen.Obama to consider Hillary Clinton for VP.

    I am glad to see Ms.Forester de Rothschild uphold DEMOCRACY and endorse John McCain. Thank you Lynn.

    September 16, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  20. Listen Up...

    This is not news. Isn't this the same "billionaire" who insisted that Obama should put HRC's debt before his own campaign? She can AFFORD to pick her president based on personality. OR maybe her real issue is that she would get taxed under Obama's new plan and she just doesn't like it!

    September 16, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Obama and Hillary Stances on the issues are nearly identical. This lady is a freakin nut who just one of those people who want things the same way they have been going.

    September 16, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  22. Chandra

    Being rich doesn't make you automaticially an elitist.
    Anyway , why so many comments against rich people , they are usually the ones to create the jobs.
    Unbelievable , how stupid some people are.

    September 16, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  23. FYI

    BTW of the 22 delegates representing Democrats abroad only 4 were committed to Clinton the rest of them including all of the eight super delegates are committed to Senator Obama since the beginning.

    September 16, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  24. Hilary B

    She's mad cause she's probably in the 2% and sees her Bush tax cuts going out the door when Obama gets elected.

    September 16, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |

    who cares who she endorses. she has made her feelings known for a long time now. we can't vote for mccain because we are the little guys and not ceo of a fortune 5 hundred company. so don't let the door hit you on your way out republican under cover.

    September 16, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
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