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Rendell defends bringing slots to Pa.

Jan. 7, 2011 at 1:42 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, in an interview with the CBS show "60 Minutes," angrily defended his decision to bring legal slot machines to the state.

Clips from the show to be aired Sunday show Rendell arguing that gambling addicts already have available casinos. He said that now, at least, Pennsylvania will benefit instead of Atlantic City, N.J.

"You guys don't get that," Rendell snapped at interviewer Leslie Stahl, who interjected "I do get that."

"You're simpletons, you're idiots if you don't get that, Rendell said.

Rendell is in the last days of his second term as governor. He served as Philadelphia district attorney and mayor.

The "60 Minutes" segment, "The Big Gamble," describes states' increasing use of casinos for revenue, to the point that there are now more slot machines than ATMs in the United States.

Topics: Ed Rendell
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