Presidential Candidate Voices Support For Online Poker

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Long-shot Republican Presidential candidate, and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson voiced his support for online poker today, announcing on his website, which he created to support legalization, "Support me for President, and I'll support your freedom. The federal government should not be involved in restricting lawful commerce that doesn't harm anyone."

Governor Johnson, who is currently running ninth in a poll of candidates who hope to secure the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Mr. Johnson is locking up support in the gambling industry, earning praise from Poker Players Alliance Chief Executive, John Pappas.

Pappas, whose organization supports a federal solution rather than individual state's rights on the issue had this to say about the former two term Governor, ""He cares about this issue. He also realises there is a serious voting block of people out there and believes that their ideologies, not just on poker but (on) other issues, probably align with his."

Pappas further went on to praise Mr. Johnson by adding, "He's a down-to-Earth guy. He's real. He talks the talk and walks the walk. Whether his campaign has the ability to make a run at the nomination is still a question mark, but what he believes is very much aligned with my personal beliefs."

Along with his vocal support of online poker legalization, Governor Johnson plans to visit Las Vegas, where he is scheduled to attend a World Series of Poker function of the influential poker message board 2+2.