Sheldon Adelson, who with wife Miri, has given more than $15 million to the Newt Gingrich Super PAC Winning Our Future, said Monday he believes Gingrich is “at the end of his line” regarding the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Adelson was speaking informally to a small group at his Las Vegas hotel and casino, The Venetian, which hosted The Jewish Federations of North America’s second annual TribeFest, a three-day leadership and networking retreat that attracted more than 1,400 Jewish professionals.
The casino magnate, sporting a button that read “Obama…Oy Vey,” visited a TribeFest session focused on the potential 2012 Jewish vote. As he exited the session, about a dozen participants followed Adelson into the hallway.
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Adelson took sharp jabs at Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, the two leading candidates in the Republican primary races.
“I know Rick [Santorum]. I like him. We’re friendly. But I got to tell you something, I don’t want him running my country,” he said.
Romney is “not the bold decision maker like Newt Gingrich is,” Adelson said.
Adelson predicted it’s unlikely Gingrich will become a vice presidential candidate.
Adelson is chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., a company valued at more than $21 billion, according to Forbes magazine. He is also a major donor to the Birthright Israel program and has been said to be single-handedly responsible for keeping Gingrich’s campaign alive in recent months.