Gingrich 'at the end of his line,' top donor says
March 29th, 2012
10:31 AM ET
10 years ago

Gingrich 'at the end of his line,' top donor says

(CNN) – Despite donating over $15 million on behalf of Newt Gingrich's presidential bid, millionaire Sheldon Adelson admitted the former House speaker's campaign is nearing its end.

"It appears as though he's at the end of his line," Adelson said in a video posted on Youtube by the Jewish Journal Wednesday. "Because I mean mathematically he can't get anywhere near the numbers and is unlikely to be a brokered convention."

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Despite his prediction of doom, the casino mogul still voiced support for Gingrich, who recently took steps to downsize his campaign following a string of electoral losses.

Adelson, who along with other members of his family channeled contributions into the pro-Gingrich super PAC Winning Our Future over the last few months, said Gingrich is the only GOP candidate in the race who's a "decision maker."

He took issue with Rick Santorum's history as a lawmaker, saying he has no experience "creating anything or taking risks."

"I know Rick, I like him, we're friendly," Adelson said following a Jewish leadership and networking retreat in Las Vegas. "But I gotta tell you something, I don't want him running my country."

The chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. then compared Mitt Romney's past to that of President Barack Obama, to chide the Republican frontrunner.

"He's not a bold decision maker like Newt Gingrich is," Adelson said of Romney. "Every time I talk to him, he says 'well let me think about it' … He's like Obama."

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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Newt Gingrich's candidacy was based on 2 ideas: The GOP rank-and-file have never liked or trusted Romney, and Gingrich is good for a nasty quip or comment. None of those qualities are enough to sustain a candidacy. Newt has always been about what he is against, rather than what he believes in, and the only person to have changed psoitions more than Newt is Romney: the problem with the other candidates is that they are niche candidates who cannot appeal to anyone outside of their factions. Newt's efforts to attack and destroy have only served to balkanize the GOP and to reveal them to be devoid of ideas and solutions for the country, but full of hate for anyone who disagrees with them.

    March 29, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. WiredweirdinSF

    CNN Political Ticker would never publish a picture like that of the most incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady president. They are so liberally biased and they know that the regime would put them out of business if they did, or at least send some of Jimmy Hoffa's thugs to break some legs. Republicans need to hire some thugs like the liberals do.

    March 29, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. lili

    Newt was done long ago just didn't want to give up the ghost. Obama 2012

    March 29, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Jamie from Riverside

    Only 3 months ago he was smugly proclaiming "I will be the nominee"

    March 29, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Dick Cheney is the smegma of mankind!

    My favorite pic of the newt, it makes it some much easier to visualize the little Hitler mustache!

    It also shows he is puckered up for to give a great big butt kiss, to anyone else that will replace Adelson, and continue to fund his book tour, he has been masquerading as a primary fight for the GOP nominee for President

    March 29, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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