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Conservative Wing of GOP Keeps Internet Gambling Language for Platform

by Poker Team

Republican Stance Online PokerOvernight the Republicans have changed their minds and put a damper on the hopes of the online poker community.  After bowing to the PPA and even suggesting a change in their stance on online poker, Republicans once again affirmed they would stick to their guns on the issue.

In an effort that would have helped them with mainstream voters, the Republican Party was set to eliminate anti-online gaming language from their platform early Tuesday.  It seems that the move may have been a ploy to make it seem they were loosening their stance.

Later in the day, the conservatives of the Party voiced their opinions and their stance remained clear.  They do not want regulated online gambling to be legal in the United States.

“Millions of Americans suffer from problem or pathological gambling that can destroy families. We support legislation prohibiting gambling over the Internet or in student athletics by student athletes who are participating in competitive sports,” reads the words in the platform.

It has been no secret that Republicans have offered little support for Internet gambling regulations over the past several years.  Several Bills have been proposed that would have cleared up the loose wording of the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) but all of those Bills were voted down by Republicans.

The online gaming community has gained support around the country and Republicans seemed to be coming around to the idea that backing Internet prohibition could damage the Party in the upcoming election.

It should be noted however, one of the main Republicans in favor of online poker and Internet gambling in the United States is Congressman Ron Paul from Texas.  Ron Paul argues that American citizens have a right do what they please with their own money. In fact, Paul sponsored HR5767 which would have prohibited the government from setting any firm regulations on financial institutions based on the UIGEA.

However, in the end, the platform will remain written as it has in the 2000 and 2004 elections, with the anti-Internet gambling language included.

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