(CBS News) As Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich downsized his campaign operation amid money woes, his largest financial supporter, Sheldon Adelson, said the former House speaker is nearing the end of the road to his presidential ambitions.
Despite praising Gingrich, Adelson, the Las Vegas casino mogul, said Gingrich is "at the end of his line," partly because he is unable to obtain the 1144 delegates necessary to secure the nomination.
"'Cause, I mean, mathematically he can't get anywhere near the numbers and it's not - is unlikely to be a brokered convention," Adelson said in a video posted on JewishJournal.com.
Adelson and his wife, Miriam,
Adelson's comments come as
Gingrich maintained that the modified plan will enable him to stay in for the long haul in the hopes of a brokered convention.
"I think you have to respond to reality and we have cash flow shorter than we'd like it to be, so we're doing the appropriate things to be able to campaign," Gingrich said Wednesday morning
Although he appeared resigned to the fact that Gingrich will not be the next president, let alone the Republican nominee, Adelson had few positive words about his rivals Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney.
As for Romney, Adelson said he is "not a bold decision maker." He likened Romney to President Obama.
"Every time I talk to him, he says, 'Let me think about it,'" Adelson said. "He's like Obama."
On the former Pennsylvania senator, who has spent much of his career in Congress, Adelson said, "This man has no history whatsoever of creating anything or taking risks."
"I like him... but I gotta tell you something, I don't want him running my country," Adelson said.