Gingrich 'at end of line'
30 March 2012, 10:44
Los Angeles - Struggling White House hopeful Newt Gingrich is "at the
end of his line" since it is mathematically impossible for him to win
the Republican nomination, his chief financial backer said on Thursday.
Vegas casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, who has given more than $15m to
the Newt Gingrich Super PAC Winning Our Future, said he liked him but it
was clear the former House speaker cannot win at his party's convention
"It appears as though he's at the end of his line,
because, I mean, mathematically he can't get anywhere near the numbers,
and it's unlikely to be a brokered convention," he said in comments
posted on JewishJournal.com.
Explaining why he has poured so much
money into Gingrich's campaign - which said this week it was slashing
staff and focusing on the Florida convention - he said: "I'm in favour
of Newt Gingrich because I like people who make decisions.
decision-maker. You dont have to worry about using the word
Islamo-fascist, or Islamo-terrorist, when that's what they are. Not all
Islamists are terrorists, but all the terrorists are Islamist," he
Gingrich has won just two of 34 nominating contests and
trails a distant third in delegates, behind frontrunner Mitt Romney and
former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.
He has refused to bow
out of the race despite calls by members of the party's establishment to
rally behind Romney as the best candidate to take on President Barack
Obama in November.
Adelson said he
had suggested to both Gingrich and Romney that they get together, with
the former House speaker as Romney's vice-presidential running mate.
Romney had been non-committal, while Gingrich had explained that they
would not be able to succeed as a two-person ticket, because other state
governors would want to be the running mate as a condition of giving
"Newt says, 'Listen, I will do that except that
every governor whose help you need to go through in the election is
hoping he'll be the vice president pick.
"'So if I go into the contest with a vice president already picked, they're not going to help me,'" he cited Gingrich as saying.
Adelson is head of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, a company valued at more than $21bn, according to Forbes magazine, and has been said to be single-handedly responsible for keeping Gingrich's campaign alive in recent months.