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Helped by $10m from casino magnate, Gingrich says gambling is a "worry."

Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign has gotten a $10 million boost thanks to cash from Las Vegas Sands gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, but Gingrich says he isn't necessarily buying into gaming. But it's not really clear what his position on gaming is.

"Well, let me say up front, at the risk of offending some of my friends who've been very helpful," Gingrich said, "I worry about the degree to which the poor are the most likely to end up spending a large percentage of their income gambling in the false hope that they can mathematically beat the system."

Gingrich, however, never said whether he supported or opposed casino gaming.

Gingrich was asked about the issue by evangelical activist John Stemberger, a Rick Santorum supporter, at the Orange County Liberty Counsel Forum in Winter Park. The issue is huge in Florida right now as the Legislature considers whether to expand casino-style gaming in Florida. The issue is being pushed by Genting and Adelson's company. Note: Adelson and his wife (not Las Vegas Sands) have contributed the $10 million that has helped Gingrich via the political committee Winning Our Future.

Gingrich, like Romney explaining his relationship with the PAC Restore Our Future, said he only knows about the Adelson money because of press accounts.

“I have read articles," Gingrich said. "I haven’t known anything technically because I’ve not been briefed because it’s illegal. But I’ve read articles and Sheldon Adelson has clearly, according to the articles, been very generous.”

Gingrich said he met Adelson nearly 20 years ago on Capitol Hill, where Adelson is a major player due in large part to his support of pro-Israel policies.

"Sheldon Adelson's passion in life is the survival of Israel. And he and I are in agreement that Iran is a deep and immediate threat, posing the risk of a second Holocaust with three or four nuclear weapons," Gingrich said.

"So Sheldon has said – to offset, by the way, Goldman Sachs, the big banks and everybody who’s been helping my opponent  – he stepped in and said, 'look I really want somebody to be there who understands foreign policy, who understands national security,'" Gingrich said. "I’m happy to tell you my relationship with Sheldon is about a very specific public thing: I believe we should be strong enough to stop the Iranians and that Israel should e allowed to exist and I’m prepared to defend it."

--with Alex Leary

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Charles Purvis

Since Newt's backing by Sheldon Adelson and his wife warrants a story, how about a story on Romney's backers at Goldman Sachs, UBS and Credit Suisse, to name a few. Nine of Romney’s top 20 campaign contributors are big Wall Street Banks like Goldman.

Read more on Newsmax.com: Romney Backed by Goldman Sachs, Bailout Banks

Tom Eudy

If you are pro-life, then you cannot vote for Romney. I know, he now says he is pro-life, but the truth is he signed into law a death warrant for 1,000's of innocent human beings in his signature Romneycare. If he was truly pro-life, wouldn't he feel remorse towards those who have and will die by his signature. He is not only not remorseful, but defended Romneycare in the last debate. If you vote for Romney, you will support a man with blood on his hands.

John Balzer

There are good guys and bad guys in the casino business. I would invite readers to look at this ABC NEWS article and decide for themselves:

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/bribes-chinese-mob-ties-alleged-casino-gingrich-money/story?
id=15455918#.TyS9m4HozTo

A Facebook User

I looked at Balzer's link:

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/bribes-chinese-mob-ties-alleged-casino-gingrich-money/story?id=15455918#.TyS9m4HozTo

The implication would be that Genting is good and the Sands is bad. Good thing we will get to vote on these things when the bill passes.

Gloria Ruiz

O.K. I went to http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/bribes-chinese-mob-ties-alleged-casino-gingrich-money/story?id=15455918#.TyS9m4HozTo and I saw nothing about Genting, only how bad Sheldon Adelson is. So what's up with that?

JohnWV

American democracy is broken. The irrefutable evidence is our not only allowing, but actually financing Israel's ongoing cruel and illegal Mideast aggression. Israel has usurped control by corrupting our politicians and entire electoral system. All our Mideast wars have been against our interests, yet successfully advocated by the Jewish state. Again against our interests, Israel has involved us in increasingly overt operations against Iran. Spies and American military drones in Iranian airspace are the most recent revelations. Since before 9/11, American soldiers have been dying for the Jewish state. We are at war. Those that did this to us are the lobbyists, organizers, columnists, financiers, AIPAC and other traitorous Israel Firsters. Justice and the future of America demand they be prosecuted and punished.

JohnWV

Multibillionaire casino gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson and his wife have given Newt Gingrich $10 million which is less than .05% of their estimated $21.5 billion worth and pledged more. Looks like they intend to buy Newt Gingrich the United States presidency so he can serve Bibi Netanyahu and Israel. That is, sacrifice way more American lives and money on the Jewish state's Mideast wars that are wholly against the interests of America and all humanity. Limiting political donations is limiting free speech according to the Supreme Court. So what are our influence, our votes, worth vs. Sheldon Adelson's? Way less than three fifths; actually close to nothing at all. Whatever has become of our American Democracy?

John Balzer

I may have created some confusion here when I posted the link:
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/bribes-chinese-mob-ties-alleged-casino-gingrich-money/story?id=15455918#.TyS9m4HozTo

What I was trying to convey is that as we will soon have to decide which casinos to allow in our city. The head of Genting, KT Kim, is a visionary and well know for his philanthropy. That would be the good bet for Miami. The head of the Sands, Sheldon Adelson is just the opposite. The ABC article speaks to that. When the gambling reform bill is passed, voters in Miami will need to discriminate which casinos will be built. It would be a shame if the bad press Adelson is getting ruined the opportunity Genting is offering our community

Robin Hill

A stretch to proclaim knowing a person's character when nothing has been proven nor assuming ones character without knowing anything about them.

JaneD

Newt has become an embarrassment. He is filled with anger and his only goal is to defeat Romney on a personal level. Newt will destroy the Republican Party and risk another 4 years of Obama due to his narcissism. Newt keeps whining about Romey's money while a single donor has proped up Newt with a cool 10 million....total hypocrit..

Stop The Casino Industry

Brett Doster's team of social conservatives broke this story in faith-based circles. Especially Wheldon and Giotis who have been hitting Gingrich hard over this.

TechGuru

COUP attempt against Gingrich

Newt did not take the REBELLION lying down.

Gingrich’s precipitous fall from power

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I first met Newt Gingrich 17 years ago at a Destin, Fla., fundraiser held in my honor ....

If, as Shakespeare wrote, what’s past is prologue — and it often is —

then Gingrich’s political history is particularly relevant now.

It’s a history I know well because I was there.....

Three years into his speakership, the man who helped
draft the Contract With America began trying to undo
some of that document’s key provisions. ...

In April 1997, Gingrich ... was ready to be a kinder and gentler Republican
by negotiating away the very tax cuts that he had once called
“the crown jewels of the contract.”

Soon, conservatives were being pressured to vote for big spending appropriations bills.

In his final speech from the floor of Congress,
Newt Gingrich lashed out wildly at the same freshmen
who had made him speaker — mocking us as cannibals ...

It was the last time Newt would attack
the most conservative members of his caucus
from the lofty perch as speaker.

In 1997, ten of my fellow classmates had
led a coup attempt against Gingrich,
shutting down the House over the speaker’s efforts
to violate the Contract with America ....

Conservative stalwarts like Steve Largent, Tom Coburn
and Matt Salmon joined me and seven others
to demand a cut in spending and a promise to hold firm on tax cuts.

Newt did not take the rebellion lying down.
He immediately summoned the sergeant of arms
to drag the 11 rebels down to a Republican caucus meeting ...
where Newt lined us up in front of a packed room of seething House members ...
Gingrich then began screaming and demanded that the 11 of us account for our behavior.

As Steve Largent grabbed the microphone, ...
Steve spoke softly about how he signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks ....
A few years later, the NFL Players Association went on strike. But Largent told the mob, who were now transfixed, that he crossed those picket lines because he signed a contract and gave his word. ....
For Steve, it was a matter of principle.

Turning to the Speaker, ... Largent said, “Newt, you were the one
who drafted the contract and then told us to sign it.
Now, you’re the one pressuring us to break it.

But Newt, if I wasn’t intimidated by the thought of 250 pound linebackers
who wanted to kill me every time I crossed the field,
why would I be intimidated by you?”

And with that, the speakership of Newt Gingrich was over.

A year later, he would be driven from power
and sent into a political wilderness
from which he emerged 14 years later on a Saturday night in South Carolina.

Gingrich’s precipitous fall from power was the result of arrogance, ...
a fatal tendency to flit from issue to issue — and even from core conviction
to core conviction — in the seeming belief that if ....

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The Newt I know

By: Joe Scarborough 1-27-2012 POLITICO
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http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=926C15B6-0222-4ED1-B9DC-C88DE903A77A
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/72084.html
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TechGuru

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Romney unloads on Newt
over debates, Freddie work
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Mitt Romney slammed Newt Gingrich for his role working for federal housing agency Freddie Mac [ .... ]

"You know, [ Speaker Gingrich ] is now finding excuses everywhere he can. He’s on TV this morning going from station to station complaining about what he thinks are the reasons hes had difficulty here in Florida. But you know we’ve got a president who has a lot of excuses, and the excuses are over, it’s time to produce."
[ .... ]

"... I know how bad housing is here, how tough its been. You know that one quarter of all the foreclosures in America are in Florida? And you know how much home values have gone down. And one of the greatest contributors to the collapse of housing here and across the country was government, and the intrusion of government into the housing market and the fact that you have Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae guaranteeing mortgages in some cases to people who couldn’t possibly pay them back, that contributed to the kind of crisis you’ve seen here. And at the time some people were standing up and saying we need to reform the system, Speaker Gingrich was being paid $1.6 million to stand up and do what he did, which is to say these programs should continue the way they are. These institutions are fine.
The people of Florida have had enough of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and government interference and its time to get back to free market principles."

"So Mr. Speaker, ... Your problem in Florida is that you worked for Freddie Mac at a time that Freddie Mac was not doing the right thing for the American people. And that you were selling influence in Washington at a time when we needed people to stand up for the truth in Washington."
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Romney unloads on 'excuse-making' Newt
over debates, Freddie work

By MAGGIE HABERMAN 1/29/12 Politico.com
POLITICO's Reid Epstein reports:
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www.Politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/01/romney-unloads-on-excusemaking-newt-over-debates-freddie-112719.html
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Ling Ling Park

Man, there are some long-winded posts here, They didn't get the blogging memo. Gingrich is O.K., Adelson is a cold blooded snake. Miami needs the casino thing but not Adelsons'. It's also O.K. because I hear he's pulling out like his father should have.

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