Skip to comments.Gingrich's Main Backer Plays Two Angles (Report: Adelson after Rick)
Posted on 02/14/2012 5:07:46 PM PST by VinL
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, by far the biggest financial backer of Newt Gingrich's presidential bid, is preparing to open his wallet again. But this time, the casino magnate appears to have more than one agenda.
In a bit of political chess, Mr. Adelson is ready to not only directly support the former House speaker in the Republican primary, but to use his cash to push Rick Santorum from his position atop the latest national polls, according to people to have discussed the matter with Mr. Adelson.
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Sheldon Adelson, shown with his wife, Miriam, at a Nevada caucus meeting in Summerlin, Nev., could give an additional $10 million to Newt Gingrich.
If Mr. Gingrich could afford to continue campaigning, one of those people said, he might be able to draw off conservative and evangelical voters from Mr. Santorum, improving the chances of Mitt Romney, who Mr. Adelson believes has a better chance to win November's general election.
"Sheldon says we all have to keep our eyes on the goal herebeating Obama," said a person who talked with Mr. Adelson.
According to the people who have discussed the matter, Mr. Adelson could give an additional $10 million or more to an independent group supporting Mr. Gingrich before Super Tuesday, March 6, a likely pivotal day when 10 states go to the polls. The Adelson family has already given $11 million to support Mr. Gingrich since December.
Mr. Adelson has repeatedly declined to comment on his donations. He "holds his cards tight to the chest because this has been such a seesaw primary you don't know where it's going to go," said Andy Abboud, vice president for government relations at Las Vegas Sands Corp.... (snip)
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Let’s see..... no names, just rumors and no comment by Adelson...
Boy! Romney must really be scared of Newt. This smacks of the underhanded kind of knifing Mitt is good at.
He knows that going after Rick Santorum is fraught with higher negatives soooooooo he smears Newt’s biggest donor and then say’s Adelson is doing it all to help....Mitt.
Dubya, stop cheer-leading- no amount of “rah-rah” will change facts. -:)
The sole issue of fact is: will billionaire Adelson fund Newt? If he does not, then, you’re likely right- Newt can’t compete without money.
On the other hand, if Adelson gives Newt millions, then Newt might well sweep the South (including Texas), and then, it’s a new(t) ballgame.
I submit to you that it helps Obama’s scheme when anyone confuses Santorum’s personal beliefs on contraception and the sexual revolution’s devastation of the family with Santorum’s campaign for the presidency.
Of course Santorum has perfect right to his views and to express them.
But he’s running for president and we are depending on our nominee to defeat the Democrats, period. Our nation’s very existence depends on it.
If that becomes a campaign issue focus, it plays totally into Obama’s and the Dem’s now naked efforts to convince American women...and men, but especially women...that he, and perhaps other conservative Republicans, are in favor of outlawing contraception.
WE know he’s not trying to outlaw it, but the Community Organizer in Chief knows how to divide and conquer by using this fear as one of his diabolical themes.
IMHO, the United States has strayed far from the path that was laid out for it and that God alone can heal this land.
Add this point:
Obama and the Dems say, not only do you risk the outlawing of contraceptives if you vote Santorum or even merely Republican, but if you don’t buy into that fear, compare their side with what WE offer you...
We have ordered insurance companies to GIVE YOU FREE CONTRACEPTIVES.
And our authority for doing so is our great and wonderful OBAMACARE.
Vote for us and keep Obamacare and free contraceptives.
Meanwhile, Santorum has quotes about the evils of contraception, and the GOP is vowing to repeal Obamacare.
Do you see the pit as it opens up before us?
Let’s keep our eyes wide open as to what the evil Left is preparing.
Religion and not Legislation.
It appears that Romney is attacking Santorum over his religious beliefs.
It seems to me that Romney saying Santorum can't separate his religious beliefs from his religion opens Romney's Mormonism up to discussion.
This is odd, though, since it's well known that Mormons consider the Catholic Church to be the Church of Satan.
And it seems to me that if Obama does the same, then Obama's "liberation theology" becomes an issue too.
This smacks of the underhanded kind of knifing Mitt is good at.
Cin-wife, that’s the reality, isn’t it? Consider, Romney made a personal phone call to Adelson after Fla- and we all know what the message likely was—”I have the backing of Goldman Sachs/Wall St- all the people you do business with. If I become President, you’re obviously not our friend.”
So, with Romney, it’s not just personal attacks- it’s squelching the candidate’s money from big donors.
If Mr. Adelson continues to give money to Newt in the face of this intimidation, one has to admire his courage and loyalty.
When you defend pork for YOUR district, you are at the same time defending pork for EVERY district.
It is inescapable.
That’s how we got here.
Earmarks, bridges to nowhere and the rest.
Rick Perry understood that earmarks aren’t the giant budget busters that entitlements and big government, period, are.
But as Santorum defended earmarks under the Washington system as it was then, and still is, Perry was calling earmarks the gateway drug to deficits and debt.
Like the MJ to the Cocaine and Heroin.
It addicts you to big government and the massive spending of other people’s money.
So you’re not in a good position to downsize government and return power to the states.
You’ve been gobbled up by the system.
That being said, we need to realize that contraception WAS outlawed in America for the better part of two centuries and it is inarguable that the moral AND fiscal states of our Republic were on a far better footing during that time.
We need a president who is not afraid to say that certain things are WRONG even if they happen to be legal. The left has spent over fifty years trying to convince people that legality is synonymous with morality and this notion is simply false.
Conservatism is a three-legged stool of fiscal and social conservatism alongside a strong foreign policy. It is only successful when ALL THREE of these legs are there. The main difference between Goldwater in 1964 and Reagan in 1980 was social conservatism and we need to remember that BOTH ELECTIONS were landslides. America will elect a genuine conservative, they won't elect a non-conservative trying to portray themselves as one.
Wow, thank you. That is awesome!
you all tickle me.....what we have here is a rich guy paying n playing everyone to get them in his debt...remember trump? im gonna endorse this guy no that guy no this guy....rich guy getting all three guys in his pocket
The point must be made that it is the “GIVING” that is the offensive point. The government that is BIG enough to give you everything, is big enough to take it all away (once there is no one left to give their fair share or has any leverage to object).
Obamacare -— healthcare — has the “power to give you” everything because they have taken away any choice you have. “Healthcare” can dictate the control and availability of anything humans touch (or that effects them), what they eat, what they think (mental health, national security).
THAT loss of CHOICE, is what they better drive home to the voters.
It will give them total say over what people can do or say.
Americans are not made with a cookie cutter - some will agree and some won't, but I want a President who lead on his spiritual knees before God.
BTW, Romney is no mere Mormon, he holds a very high position which means he embraces certain beliefs which are apt to be far more troubling to the secularists than a belief that abortion and other contraception are morally wrong.
Every Christmas and Easter there are TV specials on the "real Jesus" and other such nonsense that is produced to marginalize Christianity, but Christians have learned to pretty much ignore this.
If Romney is nominated, we will suddenly be deluged with HISTORICALLY ACCURATE specials on every network showing just how bizarre Mormonism's beliefs are. The average American is totally unaware what Mormons really believe and once they see it they will be shocked.
When the Government controls every aspect of our "health care" they can literally dictate to us what we can or must eat and what drugs we must take.
Obama is evil. There is no other word to describe him and his ilk.
― C.S. Lewis
Romney doesn't need money. Romney has plenty of money and right now it isn't doing him any good. What Romney needs is for Gingrich and Santorum to be competitive enough against each other to divide the conservative vote. With Gingrich falling way behind and Santorum pulling way ahead, this balance has been offset leaving Romney losing in 2nd place. This is where Adelson comes in to prop up Gingrich.