02/03/2012 04:40 pm ET Updated Feb 03, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Mitt Romney Is 'Little Food Stamp,' Obama Is 'Big Food Stamp'

Newt Gingrich, headed for a huge loss to Mitt Romney in Nevada in Saturday's Republican caucuses, sharply attacked the former Massachusetts governor Friday in Las Vegas.

"Obama is big food stamp; he [Mitt Romney] is little food stamp. They both think food stamps are okay," he said at Stoney's Rockin' Country, a country music nightclub. "I don't think food stamps are a future for America. They're a necessary bridge back to getting a job and back to being independent of government."

"I do not believe the Republican party wants to nominate a George Soros-approved candidate," said Gingrich of Romney.

He added, "This is a campaign of people power versus money power -- you look at the George Soroses of the world you know who their candidate is."

The former House speaker was referring to a recent Reuters interview with the billionaire financier and donor to liberal causes where he said, "Either you'll have an extremist conservative, be it Gingrich or Santorum, in which case I think it will make a big difference which of the two comes in. If it’s between Obama and Romney, there isn't all that much difference except for the crowd that they bring with them."

Gingrich also attacked Romney for his recent comment that he isn't "concerned about the very poor" because they have a safety net. (Romney has since acknowledged that he misspoke.)

The former House speaker said a "genuine conservative" would not say that he didn't "care about the poor." He added, "Not a very clever thing for someone who is very wealthy to say."

Gingrich was asked by a CNN reporter about the new monthly jobs numbers released Friday morning, which showed a better-than-expected net increase of 243,000 jobs. "No, I haven't seen them yet," he reportedly responded.

UPDATE: Gingrich responded to the jobs numbers Friday on CNN. "No, Wolf, it's irrelevant. Give him some credit -- if it makes you happy give him some credit," he said, adding that he believed Obama's policies have weakened the U.S. economy.