Which Presidential Candidates are Friends of Online Gaming

coverlextions-real27052016The United States presidential election is mere months away, and the key issues dividing the leading candidates are being pounded through the news outlets in a nearly continuous stream. Foreign policy, job creation and immigration all figure to play a large role in this November’s results, but there’s more to consider before casting your vote. If you’re an online gamer, and, since you’re reading a blog at the Virtual Casino, we’ll assume you are, it’s worth taking a few moments to study the candidates’ stances on what can be a real hot button issue in the U.S. Despite rising sentiment of the election being a two-horse race, we’ll include both of the remaining Democratic candidates for the sake of thoroughness.

The 2016 election figures to be one of the most divisive in history, and the difference of opinion on most every issue is almost certain to polarize the populace. Whether you’re a political junky or a casual observer of the election season circus, it’s never a bad idea to brush up on a little bit of knowledge that you probably won’t hear about when tuning into the primetime reports. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders? Who has the best track record in the casino business? You probably already have a good idea of the answer, but let’s take a closer look.

Donald Trump (Republican)

If any of the three remaining candidates have a proven track record of supporting the casino industry, it’s got to be Trump. At one point, the Donald was known almost exclusively for his portfolio of Atlantic City casinos. Although some casinos still don his name, Trump is mostly a veteran of the casino business these days, but it would be difficult to justify turning his back on the industry that helped him complete his rise to national prominence.

Trump originally entered the casino industry in the early 1980s, opening the Trump Plaza and Casino in Atlantic City in 1984. He doubled down in the years that followed with major stakes in a collection of casinos across the country. Now, it’s worth noting that some in the brick and mortar casino business have attempted to take down the online gaming industry, most notably Sheldon Adelson. However, Trump’s penchant for building casinos shows that he’s not against a little healthy competition against the established order, and he reiterated this sentiment in 2011.
“This [legalized online gambling] has to happen because many other countries are doing it and like usual the U.S. is just missing out,” Trump stated.

If online gaming is a key concern for you this November, a vote for Donald Trump could make sense. Then again, there are other issues to consider before casting your ballot.

Hillary Clinton (Democrat)

Clinton is Trump’s primary competition from across the aisle, and her stance on online gaming is a bit less defined. On one hand, she was secretary of state when the current administration cleared the way for online gambling on an intrastate level. In 2008, she also supported a move toward online gaming regulation, ensuring that safeguards were in place to protect children and problem gamblers. On the other hand, she cast a vote to pass the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act as a senator back in 2006. Additionally, her 2008 presidential campaign included support from a number of top Vegas executives, who, admittedly, have a reason to impede the growth of the online gaming industry.

While she’s obviously not opposed to gambling in general, her stance on online gaming is difficult to crack. Good luck finding a straight answer on her position on the issue before November. Clinton’s campaign is a well-oiled machine when it comes to presenting well-formulated points and opinions. The closest thing we could find to an opinion was in a quote from 2008.
“For many places in the country, it [gambling] seems to be an important part of what they are trying to do to revive and maintain an economic base,” Clinton stated.

Bernie Sanders (Democrat)

As a self-professed democratic socialist, we’re not overly optimistic about Sanders’s stance on online gaming. In 2003, he voted to ban internet gambling by credit card. In 2006, he reaffirmed this position by voting for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act. With that in mind, if Sanders somehow gets elected, it will almost certainly be up to the individual states to allow online gaming, much like it is today. The free healthcare and college could make up for it, though, and it seems like a foregone conclusion that a lack of pressure at the federal level to weigh in on the status of legal gaming will maintain the status quo for the foreseeable future.

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