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."

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    The only good thing the newterman has done is take votes away from two of the clowns. He was done weeks ago. Of course, he can still take another Greek cruise or go buy something with that half a million dollars crddit line at Tifanny's.
    He and the tuba player will survive just fine.

    March 29, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. The REAL Truth

    this is so.. thirty minutes ago... yawn. Newt who ?

    March 29, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Neal Powers

    God forbid we wind up with a president who takes time to think!

    March 29, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. s

    Poor Sheldon what a waste of money

    March 29, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Arun

    Hey Sheldon, what did Newt promise you?? Reducing restrictions on gaming laws? Helping you get land, on the cheap, for building new casino's??

    March 29, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |

    Ick. Can you imagine THAT as POTUS? I cannot.

    March 29, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |

    Sheldon is cutting the royal tit off.

    March 29, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Cut the line.

    March 29, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Lucinda

    Gingrich IS and ALWAYS BE a whining loser. He had rather run for political office than hold down a REAL 9 – 5 job! He is too stupid and lazy for that! Not to mention CORRUPT. He and his wax figure wife are well suited to each other. BLAH.

    March 29, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Four and The Door

    The idea of a perfect nomination process is not that it begins with only one candidate who would happen to be the ultimate winner. It is a great process for exploring ideas and a variety of people and getting a dialogue going about the things that need to be done. In this regard I am proud of the 2012 Republican nomination process because certainly we had all of it. And I am so glad Mitt Romney is getting the broad support he deserves.

    Romney 2012!

    March 29, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. GI Joe

    Translation: I'll be pouring MY money into Mitt's campaign from now on so I can get all the influence I want. Didn't Mitt go visit him when he was in Vegas? (Get that chinese mafia money, get that money).

    March 29, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. amber

    He was never running a real campaign. He knew his donors would cut him off sooner or later.

    March 29, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. GI Joe

    No, Sheldon, he's NOT like President Obama. President Obama knows what he's talking about. (Foreign policy especially). Mitt has NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER - unless you count his drive to Canada with his dog crapping all over his car. Good for Seamus. Crap on Mitt.

    March 29, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. Data Driven

    Yeh, we don't want a nominee who thinks about important decisions like Obama does.

    I guess the "G" in GOP stands for "Gump", these days.

    March 29, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Adelson wastes $15 million on a failed campaign in order to make sure that Rick does not get the majority of delegates. Of course, Adelson will get that back and millions more from Mittens tax cuts for the wealthy.

    March 29, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. Oh Really?

    Newt was never a viable candidate except in his own mind and in the minds of a few clueless people. Spending a lot of money and getting in front of TV cameras does not make you a viable candidate. MOST Americans know that Newt has no ethics, is a serial adulterer, was kicked out of his job as Speaker of the House for ethics violations (for which he almost went to jail) and is known for nothing else than playing dirty tricks on his political adversaries. Even if we woke up tomorrow and Newt magically became the Republican nominee, Obama would stomp him in the elections. MOST Americans just want Newt to finally, at long last, to disappear.

    March 29, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I don't think Mittens getting 40% of support of republicans is something to brag about.

    March 29, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. A not-so-stupid former republican

    The Newt's goose was cooked before he started his campaign.

    March 29, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In order to combat his lying which led to Mittens 53% disapproval rating among voters, he is going to have to retract everything he said in the campaign so far.

    March 29, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "In this regard I am proud of the 2012 Republican nomination process because certainly we had all of it. "

    Indeed. The GOP/Teatroll clownidates did us all a huge favor by airing their dirty magic undies and repeatedly exposing all their flaws to the light of day while tapdance-pandering in their clown shoes....not to mention hammering each other mercilessly and pervasively in the process.

    March 29, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Yes, the broad support he deserves....when the number of people particpating the primaries is significantly down from 4 years ago even when the primaries are open. Mitt is truly getting all the broad support he can buy.

    March 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Chris

    What else would Sheldon say after throwing away 15 million dollars, and why would his "insights" be valued at this point?

    March 29, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Wake up people

    Just give this guy a hood and a sheet and I guarantee he will be right at home. Sorry Newtie, you are not the great white hope you thought you were.

    OBAMA 2012!

    March 29, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. Blindersoff

    What a waste the republican leadership is.

    March 29, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Independent Scot

    Little Sheldon doesn't like the fact that he can't control and use Romney like a puppet. Unfortunately for him, the Romney machine doesn't need his money, so they can tell him to get in line with his ideas.

    March 29, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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