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. julie

    First of all, she probably only backed Clinton during the primary because she knew Clinton would have a hard time during the general election if elected. As a Republican woman she was just backing Clinton so that the Republicans would run against her. If you didn't notice she gave the same old elitist statement the Republican have been trying to push as her reason. Sounds fishy to me.

    September 17, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  2. Logic

    If you all the liberals think why should you trust McCain (a person who has tons of proven records) then why you think that we the Republicans should trust Obama (a person with zero proven records)?

    Who is more naive? You answer.

    September 17, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  3. RR in AZ.

    Good! We don't need or want you anyway!

    September 17, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  4. hawkdriver

    "Who needs her and what is the point CNN of giving her the spotlight of voicing her opinion!!"

    Cuz it's news Tish.

    What, you only like "your" news?

    Make Obama reveal what he discussed with Iraqi officials about delaying the troop withdrawls for the election. Does he think this is a game?

    Obama Lied and Troops Died!!!
    McCain/Palin 08

    September 17, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  5. LiLo of CALI

    Is there a reason why this made the news? It is sad that any person would cast a vote based on like/dislike. What happened to the issues at hand? The economy, Iraq, foreign policy and future American engagements, jobs, etc. I did not like Hilary Clinton, but she stood for many things I believe in. Had Hilary been running I would be voting for her come November. My big issues: Reproductive rights , Iraq and the economy.

    September 17, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  6. Mandy

    There are a few people out there who support McCain and Palin. These are the voters who are easily fooled and even more easily led.

    September 17, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  7. Matt from Indiana

    Someone needs to be forever kicked out of the democratic party..........

    September 17, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. tcmalibu

    It;s really quite funny to listen to all of you OBAMA-MANIACS go on like you do! Your defensive posture is very telling and such a window into your whole party. Do you have any idea how scared all of you sound? You are very likely going to lose this election because of it.
    BTW, has anyone heard from Joe Biden recently? You know, he's that guy that is your cndidates running mate.
    Is it any wonder that he's never been able to garner more than a few thousand votes when running for President?
    What are you going to do when McCAin Palin reach the White House? Oh thats right, you will whine for 4 years like good little liberals.

    September 17, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  9. Bill Colorado

    She is just the tip of the iceberg. Come November 4th the Titanic that is Obama will be at the bottom of the ocean.

    September 17, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  10. James

    The Democrat's compaign is slowly but surely collapsing.
    You can fool some of the people all of the time etc etc and with
    the Democrats, its all words – no substance

    Elistist – arrogant – smug

    September 17, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  11. mlh84

    I was a supporter of Hillary Clinton and even contributed to her campaign. However, Senator Obama is too far left and too much of a socialist and can not suppoort such a man. His policies are very thin in solution, it is all just talk. The Democrats have been in charge of Congress for over 3 years but have done absolutely nothing to help Americans and our ecomony. I will be voting for

    September 17, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  12. tennessee

    Obama is in trouble!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  13. Fed up

    This is so irrelevant!!!! Who cares. Lets talk about the issues.

    September 17, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  14. hawkdriver

    "I don't like him." Is that because he is a man or black man?"

    You guys do that so easy. How many people do you hate or think is a rude because they're a Christian. You people are the bigots!

    September 17, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  15. suren

    How could it be a hard decision? You said " frankly I don't like him", enough said!

    September 17, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  16. don

    This is bad, this is really bad

    September 17, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  17. Peter T

    "Obama is an elitist, because he aims for a position that belongs to us super rich."

    September 17, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  18. David

    Another Downplay Day For Dems.

    Don't worry I'm sure Hillary isn't behind this...

    September 17, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  19. helen

    It is a free country she has the right to vote for whoever she wants. It is ironic that she is married to a sir and is calling Obama elitist.

    September 17, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  20. johnd

    More proof that Hillary cared nothing for her constituents. She stayed in so long, and so aggressively smeared Obama with misleading statements and outright lies, that many of her supporters can't move on without trying to exact revenge. For many, the answer to Hillary's question "were you in it for me, or for my policies" is exactly the same as hers; they were in it for Hillary. Why such misguided loyalty to someone who obviously never cared about those loyal constituents?

    September 17, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  21. Terri H

    I had to laugh! This is the best "vote of confidence" that McCain's camp has? She's voting for McCain because frankly, she doesn't like Obama? That's hilarious!

    Obama/Biden '08 –
    Please people – don't be afraid to balance your emotions with brains. Obama will make us work hard, but the reward will be great.

    September 17, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  22. DEM

    Tish, NC... You are absolutely right!!! Who needs her? The fact that she would spit in Hillary's face, by tossing aside all that Hillary has accomplished over the years, because she can't TRUST Obama? McCain's first wife trusted him, and look where that got her, and Palin has so many skeletons in her closet! PULEEEESE!!!.

    Hey, Lynn Forester de Rothschild (that is the most elitist name I have ever heard), no one NEEDS your vote. So, why don't you exercise your right to NOT VOTE!!! And while you're at it... admit that you don't trust Obama because he's black.

    September 17, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  23. inuk of the north

    Welcome back from the dark side Lynn.

    There is a cure for obamitis and you found it.

    Enjoy the sunshine.

    September 17, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  24. d barta

    What Alice in Wonderland world are we in that a multi-millionaire woman married to Sir Evelyn de Rothschild says she thinks Barack Obama is an "elitist"!!! She was on a DNC committe because she had big bucks and did fund-raising, sad to say. It will be wonderful to hear John McCain, who just denounced Obama for attending a fund-raiser with Barbara Streisand, stating that he, John McCain, wanted to stay with the workers in Ohio, embrace the support of Mrs. Evelyn de Rothschild! I'm sorry, but this is the United States of America and we kicked out the royalty a while ago!

    September 17, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  25. Edwin, Boston

    This is the part of the story where democrats become bitter and start making excuses for why they are going to lose. Face it. Democrats picked the wrong nominee, Obama picked the wrong running mate, and McCain is going to win.

    September 17, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
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