September 17th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Prominent Clinton backer and Dem donor to endorse McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Lynn Forester de Rothschild was a strong supporter of Clinton's White House bid."]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.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
soundoff (1,538 Responses)
  1. Huh???

    It's a hard decision because she doesn't like him (Obama)? It sounds like it is a decision based purely on the fact that she doesn't like him. If she was supporting Hillary because of her policies or because of women's issues, she could not, would not vote for McCain. Sitting this one out would make more sense for a "true Hillary supporter"

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. troy

    the amerian electorate is one of the dumbest in the world

    Dubya was a horrible president, and McCain will probably not be much better

    the people that are voting for McCain will get what they deserve if he is elected – watch folks, see what happens

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Kristy

    As I was reading your article, I was looking for her reasoning since maybe she sees something I don't (I'm looking at a war that shouldn't have been waged taking the lives of our men and women each day and sinking our economy–something McCain promises to continue). And then I found it. It's simply because she doesn't like Obama. Wow, I wish I felt that like I could cast my vote based on something that selfish, but she does have the luxury of living in London when things fall apart should McCain win.

    Sore loser is pretty much all her endorsement amounts to.

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Jill in Chicago

    I am not saying I am voting for McCain, but there ARE a lot of disappointed people out there. Obama did not unite the party, how is he going to unite the country? The Sarah Palin pick is a double edged sword, because she 1) appeals to certain women 2) aggravates other women and reminds them Barack didn't pick our role model
    3) highlights his thin resume by shining the light on her thin resume.
    McCain was not exactly toeing the Bush line with this pick, he is doing whatever it takes to win, and it shows grit and resolve folks, unlike Obama who is playing it safe all the time by listening to to many advisors. People are going to vote for the top of the ticket and for the above reasons, perception is keen.

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Joe

    Wow another "american woman" married to a rich guy from Europe that is out of touch with how far blacks have come in this country. She is the poster child for true elite, snobby, and just plain mean humans that cannot handling losing!

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Cory

    To Del Sol,

    Are you serious? You actually think that Obama has shifted positions on issues more than McCain? You can't be that ignorant can you? This is what scares me...this election is decided by uninformed idiots that vote for someone, because they were a "war hero," rather than on how they would actually run this country.

    You know, I need to switch doctors. I think I'm going to pick the doctor that was in Vietnam. I don't care that he didn't go to medical school, or that he's had numerous malpractice suits. He's my doctor because darn it, he's a war hero!

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Scott

    Mrs. de Rothschild is not a Democrat. She is only "prominent" because she has lots of money. Frankly, I think she is wrong and I think that it is not news that some rich people will support McCain. I am a Democrat and I support our ticket. I also support Hillary. Hillary has moral values. I don't think Mrs. de Rothschild has moral values.

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Jan

    Another woman for the liberal left to spit on and stomp on because she does not trust Obama? No wonder Hillary Clinton is not going to the Jewish event for Obama–she she is probably tired of the left and their hypocrisy. It doesn't take much for you liberals to trash another woman because she is doing the right thing! If Hillary does not do Obama"s bidding you will return to trashing her the way you did in the primaries.

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Ellen M.

    Yes, instead of headlining this story

    "Prominent Clinton Backer and DNC Member endorses McCain"

    it would have been much more to the point to say:

    "Married-in Member of Historic Banking Dynasty endorses McCain!"

    Rothschild, my God... the word is synonymous with filthy stinkin' rich.

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. El Guapo

    Welcome to the cause!

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. T. B.

    Lorna, you are absolutely correct – it is conscious and unconscious racism. God help us all.

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Fed up with Obama

    One smart lady.

    Women WILL decide THIS election and all future ones.

    We are not so easily deceived by a wolf in sheeps clothing.

    Women are used to being lied to and tricked- we are used to being manipulated. We are GREAT at seeing it.

    Don't piss down MY back and tell me its raining.

    Oh.. and Roe v Wade? Not going anywhere. As Obamabots point out we had 8 years of REPUBLICAN RULE. Roe v Wade? Still here.

    September 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. NJ DEM

    I think its more fair to say that she doesn't like him because he's an African-American. Lets call it what it is. Everyone reading the article can see thats what she's really trying to say, and many Americans feel the same way. They don't want an African-American as President.

    It was ok when African-Americans were slaves and tending to the fields, producing crops, cooking in homes, and caring for kids. But no one wants an African-American as President of this country. Its a shame that racist views like this still exist today.

    September 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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