ABC News’ Hope Ditto Reports: Top Hillary Clinton fundraiser and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee Lynn Forester de Rothschild endorsed Republican presidential nominee John McCain on Wednesday.
Speaking to members of the media at the Capitol Hill Club, Rothschild denied that Clinton had any influence over her endorsement decision, stating that the two have not spoken since before the Democratic National Convention in August. Rothschild said her endorsement decision was a personal one and one that came after consideration of the vice presidential picks and convention performances.
"I really think that they [McCain and Palin] will bring the bold, bipartisan, centrist change we need in Washington," said Rothschild.
Rothschild went on to cite specifically McCain’s record in the Senate as a primary influence in her decision. She said in such an important election, where economic and foreign policy issues are on the forefront, she considers McCain the best choice.
"John McCain will look for the best solutions to America’s problems. He is not an ideologue and he is not beholden to special interests."
Rothschild said she hopes her decision to publicly endorse McCain will give like-minded Democrats the confidence to follow suit.
Though Rothschild said she has not yet met Sarah Palin, she "thinks she is pretty cool," and wants to see a woman in the White House this election cycle. And Rothschild says that Palin’s conservative beliefs don’t concern her.
"I am pro-choice and I am sick and tired of Democratic party using the choice issue using it as a noose around womens’ necks," Rothschild said. "Bush has been president for eight and we still have every right to choose what we do to our bodies."
While the announcement may raise eyebrows, those following Rothschild through the course of the primary are less than shocked by her deference. While still working on Clinton’s behalf, Rothschild said of Obama to CNN in July, "frankly I don’t like him. I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him."
During her tenure as a Clinton fundraiser, Rothschild brought in more than $100,000 for the campaign. A lifelong Democrat, Rothschild served on the DNC’s Platform Committee, a position she said on Wednesday that she will now abdicate.
Still, her party loyalty is not lost. Quoting Reagan, Rothschild mimed, "I didn’t leave the Democratic party, the Democratic party left me."
And, she is still maintaining some of her liberal mentality. When asked if McCain really invented the Blackberry, Rothschild retorted without hesitation, "No, that was Al Gore."