The Reid Report   |  March 27, 2014

How will Adelson impact the 2016 election?

Sheldon Adelson single-handedly kept Newt Gingrich in the race in 2012. How will this big back impact the 2016 election? Joy Reid gives her take.

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>> take your message of enslaving the entrepreneur will and spirit of the american people somewhere else. you can take it to europe. you can take it to the bottom of the sea. you can take it to the north pole . but get the hell out of the united states of america .

>> she says you asked her, sir, to enter into an open marriage . would you like to take some time to respond to that?

>> no, but i will.

>> there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. there are 47% who are with him, who believe that they are victims, who believe their government has a responsibility to care for them.

>> what did they all have in common other than losing? they were all backed by this man, las vegas billionaire and gamblie ining ee ining emprasario sheldon . they dropped more than $92 million in an attempt to elect far right candidates in 2012 . and to buy himself a candidate named newt gingrich . mitt romney lost the big race. while quirkier estimate candidates went down in flames. so now uncle sheldon has decided that quirky isn't clever. so he's looking to bet on establishment types in the next presidential cycle. sorry, ted cruz . sorry, rand paul. the bar for support is going to be much higher, according to andy abud, adelson's top political adviser. the beauty agent, officially known as the republican-jewish coalition spring leadership meeting, is drawing former governor jeb bush , current new jersey governor chris christie , who just conveniently cleared himself in bridgegate, wisconsin governor and union buster extraordinaire scott walker , and former fox news presenter and current ohio governor john kasich . it's being called the sheldon primary. the contestants won't be competing in a swimsuit competition or doing high kicks on the venetian stage, but they will have one-on-one chats with adelson, which they'll get to pitch their merits. what uncle sheldon will be looking for in a presidential candidate is simple. don't be nuts. according to gop donor and las vegas sands board member victor chalatel, sheldon is neutral with his eye on jeb bush and christie. he doesn't want a crazy extremist to be the nominee. he wants someone who has a chance to win the election, who is reasonable in his positions and has convictions but who is not totally crazy. and it would also be really nice if they were very pro-israel, anti-union and totally ready to shut down online gambling . in fact, sheldon has already gotten no less than lindsey graham onboard, introducing a bill in the senate to ban internet poker . another presidential hopeful rick perry is onboard with the internet gambling ban as well. perhaps rick perry should book himself a flight to vegas.