September 18th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
12 years ago

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. La Raza

    Did she just say, "as president he (obama) will be very full of himself?" MY GOD!! Where do they get these people?

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

    You Obama supporters crack me up!! Why is it that anyone who doesn't like him is a racist? I am married to a black man and I don't think you can call me a racist. But I cannot stand the arrogance of Obama and his supporters.

    During the primaries, he and his supporters blamed everything that was bad on Hillary Clinton and her "bitter" supporters. And of course, now they have the Republicans to blame for everything.

    Take a look in the mirror you morons. Heaven forbid anyone should call you or your candidate unflattering names, but it is OK for you to call McCain and Palin by every disgusting name in the book, and mock them at the same time.

    I am scared to death of another 4 years of republican rule, but I will not vote for "Mr. Arrogance".

    I know it was a different thread, but why did the Obama campaign release an ad in Spanish blaming McCain for all of the immigration woes? Did you honestly think no one would understand what you were saying?

    And one more thing...CNN why did you close the comments after only 7 replies on the above noted story? Too many people not agreeing with you?

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

    sounds like her story is simmilar 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 |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It appears to be that this woman is solely looking for a woman to be either president or vice president. I would wonder if she actually looked at the policies and past voting record of Obama and McCain. It doesn't matter if you don't like someone; what matters is what the policies have and will be. If you like the policies and how they voted on them in the past, that is your candidate.

    As for her being a Jersey girl, that is fine, but I don't believe her. Where did she grow up?

    September 18, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Loser Lady de Something or Other

    And now she's a spoiled brat who just wants her way. To heck with pesky voters, they should have made the choice she wanted them to make. This woman is a phony and a fake and has the nerve to call Barack an elitist.

    She can't say what she really wants to say, which is she's not supporting him because he's black. Oops, let's stay away from the truth. Okay Lady de Rothschild, we'll pretend you're making such a stink because he's an elitist. And I've got some land in Alaska I'd like to show you.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Observer

    Here's the problem–people who are elite are unable to define what that means. Just like a rich person usually thinks they're not rich, but the next guy up the ladder is. It is utterly ridiculous, given her background, that Lynn Forester De Rothschild thinks Obama is elite and she isn't. Just look at her name–there's a clue right there.....

    September 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Mike, FL

    Can someone please explain me why would anyone vote for 4more years of Republican administration???

    McCain is planning on continuing the same old policy that led us to this economic crises in the first place!!

    September 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Bet On Barack

    Bet on Barack. He's tired of the games and the lies.

    Bet on the man who graduated from Harvard with honors. Bet on the man who didn't let his circumstances get in his way, and made something of himself. Bet on the one who actually stayed with his wife and kids. Bet on the one who made an excellent choice for VP. Bet on the man who will listen and work with all people. Bet on Barack, America, you won't be sorry.


    September 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Blue Collar Workers for Obama

    Do I see lipstick on pig. You can go campaign with Palin.

    Did you ever work in a factory?

    Have you ever lost your job because it was outsourced?

    Who cares about what you say. Obama / Biden will win...

    September 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Bruce

    She needs to take a good look in her gold-framed mirror.

    September 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Denise


    September 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Ratgurl

    Hey Lynn,

    McCain ALSO has a record of voting AGAINST equal pay for women bills as a senator.

    That doesn't sound like a politician who supports women's rights.

    Get your facts straight.

    September 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    So she married for money, much like McCain the second time.

    September 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Sue in MI

    "As President, he will be very full of himself." Oh my. A person who is proud of his accomplishments is, I guess, an elitist. Hmm, you sound pretty proud of your accomplishments, Mrs. Rothchild-methinks that you are an elitist by your own definition.

    Why don't you just be honest and say that you can't vote for a person of mixed race...and stop this stupid tiff over semantics? You are a racist elitist, and should be very happy in the Republican party with Palin. Good riddance.

    September 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. The Voice

    I am a Hillary fan, but this woman is insane. Reasons not to vote for the McPalin Ticket:

    -Kept the money from the bridge to nowhere
    -Is under investigation for corruption, abuse of power
    -Wants public schools to teach creationism
    -Alaska only truly supplies 3% of natural gas in the U.S. not 20%
    -$198 million in earmarks, still the highest in the nation per capita Reformer?
    -Against sex education! Irony?
    She's Bush in a women's costume. Any questions???

    September 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. That Other Jerry

    Rothschild obviously realized that Obama's message of "change" might be a little hollow when he decided to take a trip on the Wayback Machine to drag up a VP from the wide-tie-and-polyester-suit era. Tell us, Sen. Biden, exactly what did you learn about changing Washington under the Nixon administration?

    September 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Ms. Smith

    She is entitled to her opinion. Obama supporters - try taking a break from being rude!

    September 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Dennis Philadelphia


    Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, a maverick Republican from Maryland, endorsed Illinois Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for president in an interview with WYPR, Baltimore's National Public Radio station Wednesday.

    Gilchrest, who lost a primary campaign and is retiring from Congress, has already endorsed the Democrat running for his seat, Frank Kratovil. Justifying his endorsement of Obama, Gilchrest said that "we can't use four more years of the same kind of policy that's somewhat haphazard, which leads to recklessness."

    Obama and his running mate, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), "have the breadth of experience. I think they're prudent. They're knowledgable."

    September 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |


    September 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Latina for Obama

    What a pathetic excuse! Oh, that's right, instead of focusing on issues that matter, she based her decision on image. That's America for ya!

    September 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Maggie VT

    Elitist? Wow!!! Must not have looked in the mirror. If Hillary ever gets to be president, I am sure her phone won't be ringing. New Jersey doesn't want her either

    September 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. You Go Girl!

    When all you have is "personal attacks," you obviously cannot argue your point of view or discredit the other side.

    I appreciate her change of opinion.

    September 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Kayla

    Let Rothschild dance in the spotlight for 5 minutes, afterall, she is wearing lipstick!

    September 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Lissa in Montreal

    She might have grown up modest but she lives in the lap of luxury. For her to DARE call Obama elitist is disgusting and transparent. She is just upset that Hillary didn't win the nomination and is taking her marbles to another circle.

    Wanna know what I think? This is a racist reaction, through and through...she couldn't give one good reason to back up her support of McCain or her disdain of Obama. She is full of it.

    September 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Michael

    I thought we were done with this tart yesterday. Why is she still in news? I saw her on Campbell Brown last night and she made an idiot of herself.

    September 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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