Romney meets with Adelson
May 29th, 2012
06:43 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney meets with Adelson

Las Vegas (CNN) - Mitt Romney met with Sheldon Adelson - a man who, for many months, helped keep Newt Gingrich's campaign afloat - in Las Vegas Tuesday, a campaign aide confirmed.

They convened at Adelson's office at the Venetian Hotel, where the executive offices of the Las Vegas Sands are located, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting. The meeting involved the two men and a small group of aides, and lasted more than 45 minutes.

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The billionaire casino magnate, who serves as chairman of the board and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, originally backed Gingrich and poured millions into a super PAC supporting the former House speaker's campaign.

But when Gingrich dropped out of the race, Adelson signaled he would support Romney, the likely GOP nominee.

Romney's time in Vegas was be busy. He spoke at a campaign event and will appear at a fund-raiser with another high-dollar, high-profile supporter - real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump.

Adelson will not be attending the Trump fund-raiser, but will be present at a smaller reception at a private residence afterwards along with Romney and Gingrich, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

Filed under: 2012 • Las Vegas • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. v_mag

    If I were a billionaire, with all the luxery a person can own, I'd look around for something interesting and useful to buy. Like a politician. Adelson can buy himself a possible president. People who think we should allow billionaires to make as much money as they want and spend it any way they want are selling the future to billionaires cheaply. That's your kids you're selling out, buddy.

    May 29, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Marie MD

    WHAT? Is this what the newterman is doing for him?
    I guess giving $150,000 of his son money to his own campaign is not enough for the bishop!!!
    Folks, 2012 is the year of rich vs the vanishing middle class and the poor. If you can't give money make sure yiu VITE IN NOVEMBER against this rich immoral bishop.
    When all is said and done votes (unless the teapublikans keep trying to prevent the young and old from voting) is what really counts!

    May 29, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. Rosslaw

    Trump and Adelson. Must be Mitten's brain trust. Standing next to Trump makes Mittens look smart by comparison. By the way, I've never seen Mitten's birth certificate. Didn't his grandfather desert the United States for Mexico so he could marry all of his first cousins?

    May 29, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Ram Riva he's playing and planning to add to his billionaires clud....Vegas casino owners?....he will collect hefty bucks promising to make Bush tax cuts to the wealthy eternal....of course he will....he will do and say anything to get him self elected.....what is amazing is that Mr Seldon was Newt's (only) contradicting themselves..they will join the losing Romney a lot of people on CNN/Fox news blogs have said....the circus continues....with its main attraction....Donald Trump....remember this quote from not too long ago....."Mitt Romney will be the nominee...and we'll lose"......Obama 2012....

    May 29, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    For money??? I think this idiot gave 8 million dollars to Newt. Pathetic idiots of USA! Yes, as of pride, on Obama12. Period.
    PS: I got to go to work, see ye' later!!! Till then, God bless!!!!!!

    May 29, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Kris

    Well, if Romney starts talking about bombing Iran more frequently and how important Israel is, we will know that he was bought by Adelson.

    May 29, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Bill

    Yep, Mitt cares about the average working stiff. Too bad, millions spent and he will be rebuked in November.

    May 29, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Wes B.

    I guess that's all that matters.

    May 29, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Adelson dumped a boat load of money into Gingrich and I'm sure he'll do the same for Romney if he puts Newt on the ticket with him. This Presidential race is for sell and Romney is selling out to the highest bidder, all Wall Street moguls.

    May 29, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. grrace

    Go ahead, Adelson...waste your money. Ha!

    May 29, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. g

    he,d be the most bought president in history–hide your pensions and healthcare

    May 29, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Doesn't this mean that Adelson would be breaking the law if he were to donate to pro-Romney superPAC?

    May 29, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Larry L

    Nothing like another fat-cat to help keep the mindless population of social conservatives fired-up. This guy obviously has low standards – he supported Newt!

    May 29, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. Honeybe

    According to a previous article here, Adelson had said he didn't want to support Romney because he would only support a candidate who took a firm stance on issues. I guess Ron Paul couldn't be bought.

    May 29, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The wealthy are funding these super PACs and want us to think that these groups are made up of lots of people and are telling the truth. With all their money, they can fund the lies and half truths that are out there.

    May 29, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I should have included that there is far too much money in politics now. We need to reduce it and make it a cleaner race for any election.

    May 29, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    Flippy and the Combover-Birther. Obama's people should be there taking plenty of pictures and audio/video. Flippy is clueless as to how toxic Combover is to sane people. But if he wants to ruin his chances even more.........well

    May 29, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Mittens is such a sell-out, straight out of the John McCain school of sucking up to anyone and anything to get votes. Talk about a spineless, despicable puppet!

    The perfect GOP candidate .... After all, Grover Norquist has these qualifications in mind for a Repub president:

    "All we have to do is replace Obama. ... We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don't need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. ... We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern
    conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.

    "Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared."

    You want that? Vote for Mittens.

    You want someone who will put our country first and continue to lead us to a prosperous, sustainable future?
    Vote Obama/Biden 2012

    May 29, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |