REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES CAUTIOUS ON INTERNET GAMBLING ISSUE
16th December, 2015 at 08:39:58
But on issues like RAWA, most appear to favour the protection of states' rights.
Tuesday's televised Republican Party presidential candidates debate held in major party donor Sheldon Adelson's Venetian Casino (a point noted by Democrats) mainly and predictably focused on national security and foreign policy issues...apart from attempting to take front-runner Donald Trump down a peg or two....but in individual interviews with the Las Vegas Review-Journal candidates were cautious on proposals to ban online gambling like Adelson's Restoration of the American Wire Act.
That is perhaps understandable given the political influence that Adelson - a virulent anti-online gambling campaigner - wields through his multi-billion dollar fortune.
In an interview the day before, Florida candidate Jeb Bush tip-toed round the subject, saying that he needed to understand both sides of the issue before giving a definitive answer...but he commented that the issue of federal interference in states' rights to make decisions on activities within their borders was probably the clincher.
"I believe in states' rights and that there should be greater deference to the states," he said. "And I'm not a big fan of gambling so, mark me down as neutral until I can get a full briefing."
Candidate Ben Carson will also be influenced by the states' rights argument, and is on record as saying that online gambling legalisation is an issue that individual states should and are authorised to decide.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, also interviewed by the Journal, revealed that he has not yet taken a position on RAWA, but added that individual states have the right to determine what level of casino gaming to allow.
However, Cruz appears to disagree with the process (not necessarily the content) through which the Department of Justice decided in 2011 that the Wire Act applied only to sports betting.
"In my view, the president and attorney general are obligated to faithfully enforce the law," Cruz said, implying that law makers should have been involved in such a decision.
Presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina acknowledged that there are strong feelings around gambling issues, but suggested that there were more imperative challenges facing the USA.
However she noted that "Government gets involved in too many things in general and it's counterproductive for government to slow the advent of technology."
New Jersey governor and presidential candidate Chris Christie appears to share the view that more important challenges than RAWA face the country
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