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US Senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio strongly voiced his opposition to online gambling this week while in a town hall meeting being held in the state of South Carolina.
Rubio was asked to give his stance on the topic by a South Carolina voter this week, and the first term junior senator gave a clear if pessimistic view on internet betting.
"That problem with that, I'm very concerned about expanding gaming online … what I don't want to see is Internet casinos, because I have seen gambling addiction ruin families, I have seen gambling expansion ruin people's lives," Rubio said.
Rubio has backed the Restoration of America's Wire Act bill, which would effectively make online gambling in the United States illegal, although he has said that he may support online poker as the activity requires an element of skill to be successful.
It is thought that Rubio's opinion may in part be to him buddying up to Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson, who opposes online gambling and is a major donor to the Republican party. While Adelson hasn't made his pick for president yet, an endorsement from the billionaire would go a long way in boosting a candidate's hopes of winning the White House.
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