From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell
Nevada Republican John Ensign apparently heard a few too many comparisons that Wall Street behaved like Las Vegas.
He took issue.
Ensign's family is in the casino business. The senator faces his own ethical issues after an affair and accusations he used improper influence to help the woman's husband get lobbying work.
"Many people in Las Vegas take offense to Wall Street," Ensign said, according to a rough transcript. "In Las Vegas, people know the odds against them and play anyway." On Wall Street, though, they "manipulate odds while you're playing the game."
He added that those on Wall Street tweak the odds in their favor.
Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas added, "In Las Vegas, people are betting play with their own money" -- unlike on Wall Street.