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Where does Romney stand on Yucca, online poker? Doesn’t matter to Sandoval


Christopher DeVargas

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval at right, address supporters during a campaign rally at a local business, Tuesday May 29, 2012.

Gov. Brian Sandoval thinks Mitt Romney would make a great president.

But he doesn't know Romney's stance on reopening the proposed nuclear dump at Yucca Mountain or permitting Internet poker to expand outside state lines.

Romney has campaigned in Nevada a few times but the issue was never raised.

Romney was in Reno Tuesday to address the annual conference of the National Guard Association. Sandoval was not with him but said he had a prior commitment to attend a 9/11 observance in Fallon.

"Given that Fallon is my original hometown, I awfully like the opportunity to go out there," the governor said.

Sandoval said he has talked with Romney in the past. Asked if he discussed with the Republican presidential candidate about Nevada issues, Sandoval replied, "We've talked about Nevada issues in the sense that he asked how Nevada is doing, but other than that I haven't spoken to him in months."

Asked how Romney stood on licensing Yucca Mountain, Sandoval said a reporter would have to ask Romney. He said he did not ask Romney about the nuclear dump in Southern Nevada.

He said there was no conversation about Romney's stance on Internet poker.

Asked how he backs Romney without knowing his position in the two issues, Sandoval said, "I think he is a great candidate for president. I think he would make a great president and he has my full support."

The U.S. Department of Energy, acting on the orders from President Barack Obama, has withdrawn its application to license Yucca Mountain. It has embarked on a study on alternate ways to handle the storage of high-level nuclear waste.

A suit is pending in federal court brought by Aiken County in South Carolina and the state of Washington to force the licensing process to continue for Yucca Mountain.

The Internet gambling bill is stuck in the Senate, and the issue isn't likely to be resolved soon. Obama has not taken a public stand on that.

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  1. Nevadans think Governor Brian Sandoval is a smart man. A thinker! We know Governor Sandoval must say nice things about Mitt Romney, but tell the truth.

    Mitt Romney would not make a good president based on Mitt's consistently and consent changing position on the issues. No core! Telling lies! Distorting the Facts! Giving misleading statements! Really! This guy would make a good president?

    Come on Governor Sandoval, keep your integrity, don't make Nevada look bad.

  2. "Asked how Romney stood on licensing Yucca Mountain, Sandoval said a reporter would have to ask Romney. He said he did not ask Romney about the nuclear dump in Southern Nevada."

    Let's review recent political history enlightenment. The facts. And not manipulations of how politicians want it to sound...

    During the Tea/Republican Party primaries in the Sovereign State of South Carolina earlier this year, Governor Haley asked Romney specifically about what he would do about South Carolina's ability to move their nuclear waste to Nevada and the opening of the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP).

    Romney emphatically told her he would do his best, if elected as President, to make sure YMP is open for business and move all of South Carolina's nuclear garbage to Nevada around an area just ninety miles northwest of a city of about two million people (Las Vegas).

    Sandoval is not only a bald faced liar, but he's a political goof that cannot even stand up for Nevada and the wishes of its people. Because it was widely reported what Romney's stance was. He had to know. It's his State. Nobody else is Governor here. For Sandoval to plead ignorance and he didn't know, is disingenuous and just shows how out of touch and how oblivious to reality and uncaring he is.

    There is a simple fact: Back in the 1980s, when Nevada was weak politically, YMP was shoved down our throats. Nevada didn't want YMP then and don't want it now. No man in their right mind would accept responsiblity for the most dangerous substance known to mankind and it's storage not for a short time, BUT FOREVER. And if we have a Governor that don't have the testicular fortitude to stand up for what the majority of the people in Southern Nevada want, then he is absolutely useless, incompetent and he actually acts like he's been paid off by the nuclear lobby.

    With him pleading ignorance, this tells me Sandoval is a lightweight. He seems to pay more attention to his dumb political party more so than doing what is right for Nevada. Bought and paid for. We're not his constituents. We're his victims to do with what he wants.

    By this revelation, he has just signaled his political death knell. The people have now just lost all faith in him. I never had it to begin with, but now it's out there for all to see that Sandoval only goes with the political winds. He doesn't care about the people of Nevada.

    You can't stand up for Nevada, you're gone. We hold feets to the political fire here in Nevada. Our politicians need to understand down deep to their very souls they advocate or even hint they are in favor EVEN THE SLIGHTEST for the opening of YMP, we will take them out the next election. That's not a threat. That's a promise.

  3. Two different subjects. Nuclear waste is not wanted or needed here in NV or anywhere else for that matter.

    Online gambling is a bad idea from all viewpoints except the casinos. People addicted to gambling can then sit on their fat tushes and lose eveything they have much more easily. Then us taxpayers will have to support even more loads on welfare. Except for the billioaire owners, this is a lose-lose situation.