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What may have been surprising was that he launched a verbal tirade on casino employees.
"I mean who's best for this country, a machinist at an automobile plant in Detroit or a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas?" Rooney said during a commentary on gaming industry revenues declining in 2009.
Rooney cited the Washington, D.C.-based American Gaming Association's annual "State of the States" report, which showed commercial casinos in 13 states collected $30.74 billion from gamblers in 2009, a 5.5 percent decrease compared to $32.54 billion collected in 2008.
Rooney said that because of high unemployment, people are gambling less.
"There's some good things about everything, I guess," Rooney said.
Rooney said he would rather see Americans spend money on products produced by U.S.-based manufacturing companies, not casinos.
"Gambling produces nothing," Rooney said.
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