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

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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The U.S. Department of Energy, acting on the orders from President Barack Obama, has withdrawn its application to license Yucca Mountain.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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