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Published: 6th February 2012 Written by Poker News
Updated: 4th December 2023

Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential frontrunner does not support legalized online poker in the United States, the reasons given for his stance on online poker legislation in the USA is “because of the social costs and people’s addictive gambling habits.”

Mitt Romney, is a Mormon, in keeping with his religious line is expected to follow the Church of Latter Day Saints which bans gambling, alcohol and even coffee leaving us poker players with little chance of ever seeing online poker legalized in the USA with him in charge of the White House.

Newt Gingrich, while not making his stance on the legislation of online poker known as of yet has strong ties to Casino boss and online gaming opponent Sheldon Adelson who has contributed over $10 million to date to Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s campaign.

Rick Santorum is another not in favor with online poker, he was quoted as saying: “I’m someone who takes the opinion that gaming is not something that is beneficial, particularly having that access on the internet. Just like we’ve seen from a lot of other things that are ‘vices,’ they tend to grow exponentially as a result of that. It’s one thing to come to Las Vegas and do gaming and participate in the shows and entertainment and that kind of thing. It’s another thing to be able to sit in your home and have access to that. I just think it would be dangerous for our country.”

Santorum went on to say: “There are certain things that do cost people a lot of money, cost them their lives, [and] cost them their fortunes that we shouldn’t have available. That’s why we regulate gaming. You have a big commission [in Nevada] that regulates gambling, for a reason. We don’t have it everywhere.  I for one don’t think it’s a good thing. A lot of people don’t responsibly gamble and lose a lot and end up in not such great economic straits as a result of that.”

Ron Paul supports online poker legislation and has been a co-sponsor of several pro-online poker bills, including Congressman Joe Barton’s HR 2366, which sets up a framework to legalize and regulate internet poker in the United States. Paul is one of 27 co-sponsors of the bipartisan bill, which was introduced last June but has not found its way out of committee.

Ron Paul advocates freedom and the right for people to spend their hard earned money as they please.

Ron Paul – Plan to Restore America

The major setback for Ron Paul is that many feel that voting for him would be a wasted vote as he does not have sufficient support to contest the nomination of Republican Presidential candidate. This reasoning is flawed as if people want their voices heard they should stand up for what they believe in. I believe this is the reason Ron Paul has such high support figures from the youth of America who truly want and believe in change and want their freedom restored.

Ron Paul also draws criticism for his foreign policy, in which he believes the USA should play a less active role in the rest of the world and let countries sort themselves out rather than being dictated to by America and using tax payers money abroad. He wants to instead use that money to restore the national debt deficit.

Ron Paul also wants to abolish Federal Reserve System.

Ron Paul obviously faces staunch opposition from the media who are against him and his plans which can be seen or rather not seen by the lack of coverage he receives in comparison to the other candidates on CNN, FOX News and the big media groups.

So the best candidate for American online poker players is clearly Ron Paul, followed by Barack Obama.

Barack Obama (who has neither come out for or against online gaming) will more than likely be the choice candidate for online poker players in the 2012 election, and considering the numbers on how many people feel that online poker legislation in the USA is an important issue, this segment could very well become another group of “one-issue voters”.

What on earth ever happened to freedom in the USA?  “The land of the free.”