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Bennett Says His Gambling Days Are Over

6 May 2003

WASHINGTON -- As reported by the Associated Press: ``William Bennett, the Republican Party activist, former Cabinet secretary and 'Book of Virtues' author, said Monday he was giving up the high-stakes gambling that has cost him millions over the past decade.

``…`It is true that I have gambled large sums of money. I have also complied with all laws on reporting wins and losses,' Bennett said in the brief, written statement issued through Empower America, the conservative think tank he runs with former Rep. Jack Kemp, R-N.Y.

```Nevertheless, I have done too much gambling, and this is not an example I wish to set,' Bennett added. 'Therefore, my gambling days are over.'

``…Internal casino documents show Bennett to be a "preferred customer" in at least four casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., and Las Vegas, according to reports published by Newsweek and The Washington Monthly. He has a revolving line of credit of at least $200,000 at each venue, and video poker and slot machines are his favorite games, the magazines said.

``Some casino estimates put his total losses over the past decade above $8 million…"

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