(CNN) – Although Rick Perry avoided taking any digs at his GOP opponents during remarks in Ames Sunday afternoon, reporters caught up with the Texas governor on his way out of a crowded coffee shop and goaded him into a few jabs at Mitt Romney.
When asked about Romney’s suggestion at Saturday night’s debate that the two bet $10,000 over whether or not there was a passage removed from Romney’s book pertaining to health care mandates, Perry said the proposal shows the top-tier candidate is out of touch with average voters.
“Having an extra 10,000 that you would throw down on a bet just seems very out of the ordinary,” Perry said. “But here's the truth - I was right. In his book ‘No Apologies,’ he (Romney) says federal mandates should be a model, could be a model, would be a model for the nation, and that's a fact.”
The comments were similar to those Perry made earlier in the day when he said he was “a little taken aback” by the wager suggestion from the former Massachusetts governor.
Pushed by reporters on whether the amount of the bet should be significant to voters, Perry added, “I would suggest to you that $10,000 is pocket change (for Romney).”
Team Romney defended the proposed bet after the debate Saturday, saying the high number was intended to prove how strongly Romney felt about the issue.
While Perry has found himself the subject of much post-debate criticism this election cycle, Romney has thus far emerged relatively unscathed from nearly every debate. After wading gently into the issue of Romney’s proposed bet, Perry offered his opponent an out.
“Maybe it was just a big mistake,” Perry said.