Mitt Romney Takes Stance Against Online PokerFebruary 6, 2012 1:14 pm
Just before Christmas, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney offered Texas governor Rick Perry a $10,000 bet on national television, which was subsequently refused by Perry who said he was “not in the betting business.”
However, any thoughts that Mitt Romney might be have now been quashed following an interview with ‘8newsnow,’ with the article ending by stating:
“Romney also said he doesn’t support legalizing online gaming. He’s says he’s against it because of the social costs and people’s addictive gambling habits.”
Therefore, with fellow Republican runners Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich also coming out against online poker, Libertarian Ron Paul remains the industries biggest champion, which could help him in the Nevada caucuses. However, since Ron Paul’s ultimate victory is highly unlikely, the thus far neutral Democrat President Barack Obama would appear the logical choice for online poker players.
Nonetheless, online poker fans would most likely need a sign from Obama that he was prepared to sign an online poker bill before committing to give him their votes come November.
In the meantime, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) Executive Director John Pappas responded to Mitt Romney’s anti-online poker comment by saying that it was misinformed, and explaning that Romney’s statement was “based on a misperception of the status quo..”
Furthering the argument, PPA Executive Vice President of Player Relations Rich Muny, stated: “I believe Romney has it wrong here. Licensing and regulation will ensure that age verification measures are implemented, consumer protections are provided, and protections for those with excessive gaming habits are mandated. Current law does not provide any protections for anyone.”
Consequently, the PPA have now urged poker players to take to their Twitter and Facebook accounts and make their opinions known to U.S. presidential candidates Romney and Santorum.