September 18th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
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Rothschild: I'm a middle-class girl from Jersey

Rothschild said she hasn't spoken to Hillary Clinton about her endorsement of John McCain.

Rothschild said she hasn't spoken to Hillary Clinton about her endorsement of John McCain.

(CNN) – Lynn Forester de Rothschild, once a prominent supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s bid for president who has switched her allegiance to Sen. John McCain, is pushing back on attempts by some Democrats to “play the class card” against her.

Watch: Rothschild makes McCain's case

De Rothschild, the wife of a scion of the British Rothschild family that made its fortune in private banking, is standing by her charge that it is Sen. Barack Obama who is the elitist. “An elitist is someone whose state of mind is that they’re better than the rest of us,” Rothschild told CNN’s John Roberts on American Morning Thursday. “As president, he will be very full of himself. That is elitist, ok. To be privileged is not elitist.”

Rothschild pointed to her middle-class origins in response to Democratic charges that she is an elitist. “I am a girl from New Jersey. A middle-class family. My father worked two jobs. Four kids went to college, law school. I earned a good part of the fortune that we have,” she said.

De Rothschild, a lawyer and entrepreneur who made a reported $100 million in telecommunications before she met Sir Evelyn Rothschild, was a prolific fundraiser for Sen. Clinton. On American Morning, she defended McCain’s record on equal pay for women, an issue the Obama campaign highlighted on the same day de Rothschild announced her endorsement of McCain.

“Trying to tag John McCain as ‘not good for women’ is just insane,” de Rothschild said Wednesday. She also told Roberts that McCain has “a record” of taking on special interests, bipartisanship, leadership, and making tough decisions while Obama only has “rhetoric” on all of those points.

soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. RoFL

    LOL....An elitist hypocrite–Rothschild will fit right in with the Republican Party.

    September 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. EX -Democrat now for McCain

    Were so sick of Obama we could Puke too!! You must be a very smart women!! Yes McCain all the way !!!

    September 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Republican for Obama

    What a pathetic excuse not to vote for Obama. Hillary stands for everything McSame is against. Oh, that's right, Rothschild based her decision on image and not serious issues. That's America for ya!

    September 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Palin is "failin" women

    So we should vote for a guy who picks the most anti-women's rights candidate for VP?

    Thanks, but no thanks!

    September 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Richard,Orlando,FL

    I believe if Obama loses this election, Clinton will not stand a chance in 2012. There are so many of her supporters make a noise now to derail Obamas bid. I guess these so-called Democrats are not really Democrats. She might have earned millions of dollars but she has no common sense. All she would have to do is look at McCain's record to know who he is for. He is for people like her, people with a lot of money. Makes no difference if she is a woman or a man, as long as she has millions. Please stop printing stuff about her. She has had her 15 minutes of fame.

    September 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Franky

    You can speak for Senator McCain as you want BUT is Senator McCain who has to speak for himself, even you know.

    Get your 100 million dollar fortune and get out of my face!!! Unless, you have business for me, get out of my face!!!!

    September 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. wicth

    Lady you are so full of yourself..................Do you know what it's like to have to decide do I eat or pay the bill so my lights can stay on? Hey have long ago was it that you got to eat out? When was the last time you got to buy new clothes? Get real people she needs to go to McCain cause he doesn,'t know either how the real american people live .

    September 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. John Power

    Please stop picking on Mrs. Rothchild. Her comment, " Let them eat cake." was very inspiring. Only last week she was seen throwing
    dollar bills from her carraige to the poor wretches in mid town Manhattan.

    September 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Lady Is Dillusional

    And was her mother on welfare? Barack is not an elitist.

    September 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    "An elitist is someone whose state of mind is that they’re better than the rest of us"

    What a nut case. Isn't it time for high tea so that you can watch the polo-ponies and yell at the coloured folks to hurry up with their chores.

    Oh and by the way, Mrs. Frou-Frou, an elitist is not someone who thinks they are better than the rest of us, an elitist is someone WHO HAS SHOWN that they are better than the rest of us. Marrying a rich English dud doesn't earn you that right.

    September 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Barney

    Yep – and I'm just the King of Czechoslovakia.

    September 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. laura

    yeah and you can see Russia from your home too .. right?

    September 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Jim in Raleigh

    How's the kool-aid, Lynn?

    September 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Keep America safe, McCain in 08

    This is great news to have another Democrat moving to the other side.

    BO has a lot of baggage and is not the right person to lead our country. The do nothing Democrats in both house, are again proving that they could care less about the taxpayers of this country.
    The latest being, the vote to drill oil outside the 50 mile limit, where there isn't enough oil there to support the USA.
    You BO supporters better start listening and understanding what is going on. can stop listening to the BS, that BO is giving out regarding John McCain and the Bush Administration. Mr McCain is his own man, an honerable man, BO can not even come close to being honerable. He is so far up the Dem. %^& , it hard to seperate them.

    Bo and the present Democrats are the problem not the solution.

    Dem. going Repub.

    September 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |

    Yes, we now do have a paper trail. It will be much harder for them to steal it but they are already trying other things.
    The Republican secretary of state just put into effect a law that says if your drivers license address doesn't match what's in the Supv of elections system, you will not get a ballot but will instead get a provisional ballot. You will get to vote on it but you will have to go to the Supv of elections office within a couple days to prove that your vote should count. If you don't it will be thrown out. This will primarily effect the poor and minority voters who would tend to vote Democratic. This will cause delays at the polling place as people are challenged and many will probably get angry and leave. This is what they are hoping....

    Now I just read an article a couple days ago that the Sec of State in Wisconsin, also a Republican just instituted the same law. The polls in Wisconsin are very close and the Democrats normally win there so I think they are trying to tip the scales in there favor there.

    The will stop at nothing to win an election!

    September 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Tasha from Houston

    Sound like another Geraldine Ferraro came out of the wood work. Her 15 minutes are over. Let's move on. She is so not worth the media coverage. We all know she's not voting for him because he's black.

    September 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. pa dem

    If this woman is a DNC member, then per party bylaws her membership shoould be revoked!

    September 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. drill4oil

    You liberals are pathetic. You think that if someone has made a good living for themselves they are elitist. You are jealous and it's getting old. As most liberals want, let's take from the rich and give to the poor so they continue to refuse to get a job. Yeah, let's tax the corporations so they will ship more jobs overseas. Now who's out of touch

    September 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Andrew

    Hmm just google Rothschild.
    Some family legacy, they are war profiteers , dont be surprised if they are benefiting directly from these investment bank mergerers, and are the ones indirectly on top when the dust settles.

    They are the worst, egotistical, machavelian people on the face of this earth.

    The interest of the debt of the Napolean war financed by Rothchilds has just been recently paid.

    No, I dont give a hoot what a scion of a Rothchild thinks

    September 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Luis, Seattle, WA

    Why is she even in the news? There are more important things than this "attention starving gold digger". Get this out...and let's focus on the economy, our security, etc.

    September 18, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Mike G

    No an elitist is someone who thinks that their oh so important opinion is newsworthy simply because they are rich, and raised lots of money for different candidates. She mentions nothing about the issues and is an expert on nothing except arrogance, and creating unnecessary drama.

    Just go away.

    September 18, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Callie Willis- 23- Savannah, GA

    My question to her is why was she supporting Hillary Clinton? Why is she a democrat? Why is she even here? She could have kept her comments to herself but for her to go out now and support all of McCain's issues and stances is ridiculous. I am not kocking her wealth but her reasons for not supporting obama aren't what they seam because he isn't an elitist and it is unfortunante that she doesn't see McCain for who he is because if that wase the case she would have supported him from the start!!

    Common Sense is something that we all DON"T have. I hope and pray her reasons aren't race related.

    September 18, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. John B. From New Hampshire

    soundsl ike her story is simmilatr to obama's up-bringing... only difference, she is loaded, he is NOT. who is elitist???????

    September 18, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Corey

    ...and didn't Barack Obama come from a single parent household and was for awhile raised by his grandparents? Lived on foodstamps? Went to school on loans? What is her problem?

    September 18, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. liz , St. Louis MO

    Looks like this De Rothschild woman is 'bitter' and is supporting McCain out of spite for Obama because Hillary did not win. Okay, she is entitled to her own opinion but it looks like she was was not supporting 'issues' right from the start but personalities. That said, her endorsement does not carry much weight. I wonder how many people, other than her club of friends know about her. She fits the 'elitist' bill but NOT Obama; struggling Americans know that HE IS NOT ELITIST!

    September 18, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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