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Did Willard Mitt Romney Commit Illegal Gaming In The First Degree, A Class C Felony Offense In Iowa On National TV? Just Say'n.

As I recall Mitt twice offered a $10,000 (Ten Thousand Dollar) bet to Rick Perry on national TV. Rick Perry rightfully declined the illegal offer, if Perry had not declined he would be guilty of the same offense.


Check out the Iowa statue governing the crime... It is a CLASS C FELONY.


725.7 Gaming and betting -- penalty.

1. Except as permitted in chapters 99B [bingo] and 99D [racetracks], a person shall not do any of the following:

a. Participate in a game for any sum of money or other property of any value.
b. Make any bet.
c. For a fee, directly or indirectly, give or accept anything of value to be wagered or to be transmitted or delivered for a wager to be placed within or without the state of Iowa.
d. For a fee, deliver anything of value which has been received outside the enclosure of a racetrack licensed under chapter 99D to be placed as wagers in the pari-mutuel pool or other authorized systems of wagering.
e. Engage in bookmaking.

2. A person who violates this section is guilty of the following:

a. Illegal gaming in the fourth degree if the sum of money or value of other property involved does not exceed one hundred dollars. Illegal gaming in the fourth degree constitutes the following:

(1) A serious misdemeanor for a first offense.
(2) An aggravated misdemeanor for a second offense.
(3) A class "D" felony for a third offense.
(4) A class "C" felony for a fourth or subsequent offense.

b. Illegal gaming in the third degree if the sum of money or value of other property involved exceeds one hundred dollars but does not exceed five hundred dollars. Illegal gaming in the third degree constitutes the following:

(1) An aggravated misdemeanor for a first offense.
(2) A class "D" felony for a second offense.
(3) A class "C" felony for a third or subsequent offense.

c. Illegal gaming in the second degree if the sum of money or value of other property involved exceeds five hundred dollars but does not exceed five thousand dollars. Illegal gaming in the second degree constitutes the following:

(1) A class "D" felony for a first offense.
(2) A class "C" felony for a second or subsequent offense.

d. Illegal gaming in the first degree if the sum of money or value of other property involved exceeds five thousand dollars. Illegal gaming in the first degree constitutes a class "C" felony.


Were there not any police officers present at the debate tonight? Were no Iowa police officers watching this debate tonight anywhere across Iowa?

I BET that if I had offered someone a $10,000 BET from Iowa on national TV some authority figure would be knocking on my door before morning and taking me off to JAIL in handcuffs.

Where are the handcuffs? Where is the media outrage that is typically displayed toward the common man?

This is better than the "Bad Boys, Bad Boys, What-ya-gona-do" video from a police dash cam.

When will they arrest this FAKE conservative? Tomorrow? He's a criminal impostor; literally a FELON!!! Right? What am I missing?

The man should not even be allowed to vote for himself now, he's a FELON. Right?


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He sure did!

and he broke a major tenant of his religion.


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My jaw dropped at the $10,000.

I mean, a c-note would likely have endeared him with many little people, but 10g's? That's flaunting it imo.

Undo what Wilson did

Gambling Is A Vice

And as such, it still remains a personal liberty to engage in such vices. As Ron Paul has said, our government shouldn't engage in legislation to modify people's behavior. If Romney wishes to gamble, it should be his personal right to do so.

Any proposed prosecution of an individual for engaging in behavior that ought not to be against the law in the first place is something we shouldn't advocate. Now, in terms of Presidential material, as a nation we should hold our leaders to higher standards. Our leaders shouldn't succumb to vices and express behavior worthy of emulation.

I say he gets a "tsk, tsk", and not a set of cuffs.


Yeah but he isn't following his own laws.

Both religious and man-made that he no doubt would pretend to hold up.

We are also a law abiding bunch. Whether or not we support such laws and I don't, it's still the law of the land, which should be followed.

He showed on National TV that he didn't give a crap about those laws..

Will anything be done about it? Probably not but it should be brought up.

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I care more about

the standing he loses with the general public. like one MSM commenter said, this highlights how out of touch he is with everyday people. who can afford to flippantly wager 10k? that's like 3 months salary for the average Iowan.

(no pun intended on "flippantly"...or i could have used "floppantly ))

why is gambling illegal? Is

why is gambling illegal?

Is it because the state can't get "revenue" from it, unless it is legal?

We all know it. Look at all the "sin taxes" of smoking, drinking, gambling. All are taxed in one way or another. Hell im surprised prostitution or drugs aren't legal to be taxed.

"Sin" is the key word.

I was thinking about this the other day.So many of our laws are based on the christian religion. Even the IRS gives tax break rewards for being a good Christian and coveting marriage and going forth to propagate. Where is the separation of Church and state in this action?

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Should be!

Legalize it all and tax it all....until we repeal the tax then we just have it legal!

Romney broke state AND federal law on gaming...

He also violated FCC regulations and, as a media owner, should be fined and have to divest his ownership of media.

As Gerald Celente says, "justice" means "just us".

Yep -- another stupid,

Yep -- another stupid, immoral, unconstitutional, unenforceable law -- but Romney did break it on national TV. That would be the equivalent to Perry offering Romney some of his mary jane.

Remember, just as Paul

Remember, just as Paul thinks, gambling should be legal.

But its not legal..

It would have been such a cool come back by Perry to point out to Mitt that this he just committed a felony!


Yup, that would have been

Yup, that would have been Perry's crowning moment in that debate.

"Sorry, Mitt, but in Iowa this type of gambling is illegal and I can't have any part in it."


Flood the local police in Des

Flood the local police in Des Moines with phone calls from Iowans citing Janet Napolitano's "if you see something say something" program. Maybe somebody creative could put up a website where activist's can get alerts to flood PDs anywhere in the country whenever a public official commits the slightest crime in the public sphere. Overwhelm the system with complaints about government crime and it might be retooled.

Ron Pauls People, are better than fake drama!!!

You guys are picking up on the stupid attacks that the controlled media is guilty of... Remember it's about NEWTS past, not some stupid slip-up on Romneys part... How do you think Ron Paul would answer this question? He would go back and address the issues, not play into being a media whore like some of you guys are doing on this post!

We win on the issues, not on TMZ bulls#it!!! Golden Rule guys... Imagine if RP has a mental slip-up? You'd be crying a different story!!!


I think most of this is tongue in cheek...

This is a little good humored fun. You are 100% correct but we can have a little bit of ribbing can't we?

Much ado about nothing? Or...

Perhaps this discussion can be used to emphasize the extent of our police state and over bearing government interference.

Or perhaps it can demonstrate the extent to which public figures can do what ordinary citizens would be prosecuted for.

Just say'n.

Throw the book at

Throw the book at him...better yet, a copy of The Constitution, better yet, the RomneyCare/ObamaCare bills...much heavier and bigger...will make more of a thud.

Ron Paul or Bust



Didn't Bill O'Reilly make a

Didn't Bill O'Reilly make a bet with John Stossel, on tv, over whether Ron Paul would win a primary, with the loser donating to Wounded Warriors? And before that he bet Stossel, on tv, that Prop 19 in California would fail.

It's wasn't smart, made him

It's wasn't smart, made him look bad & a wouldn't do it.But hell no it's not illegal, the Iowa stature itself is illegal.I should elaborate longer and use better words but a imagine I'm in understanding company.
Liberty !!! Natural Law !!!!

Why does this get me worked up ><.

"Give me Liberty or give me death." Patrick Henry

This issue should go away

whatever Romney's intent was will easily be played down with a statement saying in affect; "$10,000.00 is a HUGE amount of money- that was my point. That's how confident I was that Perry was in error. I could just as easily bet him '10 shooby-dee-dillion'. I was merely emphasizing a point." The media has just latched onto it to help out Neut.

Newt can not be helped his Google Trends is crashing hard now.

"The Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns", Economic principles applied to Media coverage... More media coverage for Newt and Mitt is now a complete negative for these guys.

Its like having 300 guys put a roof on a tiny 2 bdrm house, add one more laborer and its a negative not a positive result, they are already in each other's way. More media is bad when you are hated by an already annoyed electorate.

See for yourself...


Perry is the one to watch out for next. They are trying to make him the comeback kid even though he does not even know how many judges sit on the supreme court... again added media is a negative for Perry too, in a few days people will have had enough of this idiot pay-for-play artist; and we are still three weeks out a lot of time left.

Bachmann and Santorum don't have a snowballs chance and show zero signs of gaining traction.


wow- good point

thats one heck of spike.

The Perry spike is partially due to his new dumb comments.

Watch for Perry to go after / buy out the Tampa Straw Poll TODAY... he wants to pull a Cain down there... win one stupid local straw poll with a few hundred votes and give the MSN an bad excuse to promote him all over again.

Its going to happen unless the Florida Ron Paul army comes out in force.

If we can stop them in Tampa TODAY we will thwart one of the few remaining opportunities to manipulate new mainstream news coverage for the coming weeks.


Yes. But that was not

not Romney's biggest mistake. Romney CHOKED Big Time! Spit the bit. Willard had a perfect shot to rip Grich's lungs out and it totally blew by him. Willard could have knocked Grinch down by 10 points.

Here's How.

Grinch attacked Willard by suggesting that he "would have been" a Washington insider had he not been defeated by Ted Kennedy.

Willard choked right here.

Willard should have retorted with "Yes Newt and you would still be in congress as a Washinton insider had the leadership of your own party not forced you to step down, leave congress and then pay over $300,000.00 in fines for corruption while serving as speaker"

bye Bye Newt. Done.

Willard choked.

oh and btw...

Why was gingrich winking constantly?

I was totally thinking this.

I was totally thinking this. Rick Perry should have replied "Gambling Mitt, really? Aren't you supposed to be a Mormon? And you want us to consider you for the presidency?!"


My thoughts, precisly, as a Mormon. But most Mormons with any sense of American pride and concern for our Nation have long seen through flip-flop Mitt, and know that he is nothing more than a corrupt member of the political elite.