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. Sorry For You Democrats

    Here is what I do not understand. You democrats preach tolerance and inclusion and as soon as someone disagrees with you they are called names and dismissed. What has happened to the democrat party? It seems the party has descended into hate and dishonor. First you say you are for womens right to choose then when the woman chooses life you have a fit? Also where is the evidence that Barrack Obama has more experience than Sara Palin? What exactly has Obama done? Where has Obama led? Just today we find out that Obama was given more money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac than everyone other than Chris Dodd. Also isn't the guy that was in charge of vetting and choosing Obama's vice-presidental pick a CEO at Fannie Mae? Why aren't you seekers of truth discussing this? And lastly what makes any of you think you are right about Obama? He has admitted to using drugs and has never stood up for anything and he made a horrible decision by not choosing Hillary as his VP. Wise up!

    September 17, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  2. Renee

    Go ahead, Lynn Foresterde Rothschild was not a Democratic just for Hillary BAD MOVE for Lynn Foresterde Rothschild because Hillary is for Obama Hillary said Obama was her candidate.

    September 17, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |

    All you people that talk about job loss, how many jobs you created.?
    Government does not create jobs. They are tax-collectors. If everyone of us waits around to be hired by the Government, I bet you the unemployment rate will be about 90%. Think about that you idiots who don't understand that the so-called Obama's tax cut on the rich are those that put some food on your tables.. Lest see what will happen to you if their businesses go down and so are you. They are the ones making the magic number $250,000.00 per year. Obama should encourage them to expand so more people could be absorbed into the work force.

    September 17, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  4. Rod

    I just get a kick out of how Obama supporters have eaten up his mantra about McCain being the 2nd coming of Bush! How shallow thinking is that? It is the only thing Obama can do to scare his voters into pulling the lever for him!

    Any person with active intelligence will actually see through that. They might not necessarily vote for McCain, but if they vote for Obama, they will do so for a totally different reason! The McCain = Bush is just so much Koolaid for automatons to consume. Get past that tired old scare tactic and find something substantive to use for fodder for Heaven's sake! Got that "irony"?

    September 17, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  5. george at cape straight alaska

    The first poster is not aware that Alaska has always had high unemployment rates due to the seasonal nature of fishing and tourism and large Native American villages which are heavily reliant on social services.

    To say Palin is responsible for this condition ignores history. Goes to show there are liars and then there are statistics.

    Many women were outraged over how the rules committee of the Democratic party stole the nomination from Clinton. No wonder they are jumping ship.

    September 17, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  6. yvonne p. rivera

    the best candidate is obama, as far as this republican, catholic, conservative ,retired veteran of 21 years is concerned. you know black veterans and soldiers have died for this great realm of ours,too. looking for and fighting for the time when skin color would not matter. maccain has sold his soul to the devil, just as hillary did when she sat at the table with her sworn enemies, the mellon-scaithes, the sean hannities,and the bill-os of this world just to get elected. now i hear where karl rove is advising mccain. what has happened to that great gentleman, i really once did admire? he could deliver such great speeches. what has happened to you john mccain? i do believe that obama will pull in the younger voters, who will propel to the finish line on 4 november. john mccain, what happened to the straight-talk guy you were in 2000? you know how the bush campaign railroaded you. i thought i heard you say that you would not do that to your opponents. boo! hoo!

    September 17, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  7. Crysomemore

    Really? Because McCain's policies are so close to Mrs. Clinton? I was a Clinton supporter and to just let everyone know, we all aren't liitle crybabies that will take our ball and go home if we don't get our way. I guess him not choosing her as a running mate was the final straw? How could he? The Clinton campaign practically painted him into a corner on that subject. I think it's been said before, this lady is PATHETIC!

    September 17, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  8. Anthony

    Excellent, finally "some" liberal people are seeing the light!

    Exactly what has Obama done...........?, still waiting..........and waiting....................., oh, nothing that you can specifically state....

    Oh, wait today the news just came in on the four (4) liberal media platforms Obama controls. He says he was the author of our stimulus package which gave us our rebates checks this year................., but he didn't even bother to vote on the bill "he created", wow, he must have really been busy reforming.......his campaign, of........change you can believe in. No doubt that slogan is TRUE look at all the zombies......they believe in NOTHING for the sake of the rah, rah! Oh quick somebody fainted again.....

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild, she is not against Obama as a black, or a man, she is against a guy who can't make a decision, even on "his" landmark simulus package... "Hey advisers, should I go to congress to vote on that bill I created or should I give a speach like I did in 2004?"

    How laughable. Liberals relax your panic grip, notice your knuckles are turning white, and they will be bleeding by Nov 4th, ha, ha, ha, ha.

    Obama will lose because most Americans, unlike you elite, liberal communists, we are reasonable, practical, and can actually pull up our own pants in the morning. We aren't looking for a handout, and we definately don't need the old tired liberal playbook that government (name higher taxes) are going to solve anything. You guys have been doing the same thing for over 60 years, and what have you solved? NOTHING. This sums up Obama's campaign of "Something the Same that only the hysterical can believe in"

    Have fun believing for another 50 or so days......

    September 17, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  9. Zel

    It is pretty clear. It not that you don't trust him. Its just that he is black. Shame on you!!! Don't you know that racism is a thing of the past. We are a new generation move on with the times.

    September 17, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  10. Conservative Ron

    I have never been a conspiracy hack on the Clintons. That is, I've never bought into the numerous theories regarding outrageous and nefarious claims of Clinton misdeeds (ie Vince Foster, etc).

    However, the news that a prominent Hillary backer, on the DNC platform committee no less, will endorse McCain vice Obama lends credence to the supposition that Hillary does *not* want Obama to win in 2008 so that she can gain the DNC nomination for 2012.

    As someone who voted twice against Bill, and didn’t think that Hillary had a chance to become Senator in New York, I’ve learned not to under-estimate the Clinton team. As a side show to this election season, I’ll be watching for more people from the Hillary camp coming out for McCain, as well as lackluster support for Obama from the Clintons themselves.

    September 17, 2008 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  11. Eli

    Truth is in the pudding, so to speak.

    While the US economy is in a "Crisis" or as Obama termed it on the campaign trail "America is facing the worst economic crisis in history". Obama, the "just an ordinary hard working american" is hobnobbing & rubbing elbows with the Hollywood Elite lining his pockets to the tune of 9 MILLION DOLLARS in donations this very night, 09.16.08. Do you think $28,000 a plate dinner is excessive? How about contradictory, while lecturing americans on our wasteful habits on everything from energy to goods and services. Hate to burst your bubble, but Obama is ELITE. Don't you know how those HARVARD graduates think!

    September 17, 2008 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  12. whitneymuse

    With the (D) capitulation and compromise on the energy bill; that doesn't allow drilling and gives no incentives or revenues to the states. who do they think they're fooling?
    The ban on drilling dies a natural death of its own anyway; I hope they get wise and just let the bill die; Nany Pelosi is the biggest fraud only just slightly less a fraud than the last speaker who was a Repube.

    September 17, 2008 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  13. ConservativesRule

    Don't get too mad at your network libs. They carry your water 99% of the time. You wouldn't want to make them mad over one critical story about your secular messiah.

    September 17, 2008 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  14. David boot strap

    Being a simple man I look at what drives a person and their actions. I see on the top of the tickets.. One man driven by self engrandizment and peer validation. Anouther a proven patriot making the last stand of his life for this country. One man seeking identity and resume and anouther knowing he will soon die and the maturity to know it is not his legacy that matters but the legacy of this country he loves. One is far to the extream in their party. And the other is spat on by his own for being to far to the center.

    September 17, 2008 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  15. Ron

    Lynn Forester who?

    Exactly. Not a crucial endorsement. Moving on.

    September 17, 2008 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  16. Beliefs vs. Party

    More and more Americans will vote for their beliefs and for experience and will not vote strickly along party lines...McCain Palin 2008!!

    September 17, 2008 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  17. April

    Way to least some Democrats are seeing the light of day...

    September 17, 2008 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  18. Vito

    No doubt the first of many. It's funny to see the squeeling children frustrated by a free-thinker. How can you trust a guy who's main claim to fame is he doesn't have a political resume? He showed his colors by selecting Biden as his runnign mate. Same old Same old tired tax and spend elitist.

    September 17, 2008 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  19. Sue, NY

    It's a little like calling the kettle black is it not...with the background she has and the fact that she splits her time between London and New York... and she thinks Obama is an elitist!...give me a break...people will look for any excuse when they don't get their way...very childish...

    September 17, 2008 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  20. uncgirlinct

    I'm glad someone has the guts to express this publicly. There are a lot of us who feel the exact same say that Obama doesn't need us, we'll see if you're right about that.

    September 17, 2008 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  21. Reagan Democrat

    Obama was against offshore drilling and is now for it. He was against the troop surge and now agrees it worked. Against charter schools, now for. Against Bush's tax cuts, now will extend them. The most frightening thing is his vow to nearly double capital gains. The Clinton administration lowered them and that created wealth. My distrust of Barack stems from his record of very poor decision making. We really don't know where he stands – he votes 'present'. This is America's problem with him. I supported Hillary but will not vote for Obama this time around. McCain has a solid record of bipartisanship.

    September 17, 2008 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  22. tommy richards

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild has it together but, of course, the commie-centric dislike sarah palin's `correct, traditional' philosophy!

    September 17, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  23. haha

    I've never seen so many whiny, fraidy cat liberals in one place before

    September 17, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  24. palin_rocks_obama_sucks

    When he blew Hillary off, he blew me and a WHOLE LOT of my friends off too. This was the first really BIG decision of Obama's political life, and he told me everything I needed to know about who he really is. And so did McCain, for that matter. Show me what you do, and I'll show you who you really are.

    September 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  25. Yee Haw Texan

    It takes cojones to do what Lynn Rothschild did. Obama has zero experience with anything. Voting present won't cut it. And you clowns want that in the white house? I and all my Dem friends are voting for McCain/Palin.

    September 17, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
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