Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said in a interview released Tuesday that he believed he was bested in the Republican primary because of Mitt Romney's financial advantage.
"In the end, he had, I think, 16 billionaires and we had one," Gingrich told ABC News.
The former House Speaker argued more should be done to empower everyday Americans in the political process.
"We're in a situation where if you're really rich, you have an enormous, and I think unfair, advantage," Gingrich said. "The trick is not to cripple the rich, the trick is to empower the middle class."
Still, Gingrich acknowledged that he was urging his biggest supporter — casino mogul Sheldon Adelson — to donate heavily to the Romney campaign. After giving more than $25 million to a super-PAC supporting Gingrich in the primaries, Adelson has now pledged $10 million to the outside group supporting Romney. Multiple reports say Adelson is prepared to spend upwards of $100 million during the 2012 campaign.
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