Gingrich challenges Romney to a bet
December 12th, 2011
10:47 AM ET
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Gingrich challenges Romney to a bet

Londonderry, New Hampshire (CNN) – Newt Gingrich responded to a call Monday by GOP rival Mitt Romney to return the money he received from mortgage giant Freddie Mac by issuing his own challenge.

"If Gov. Romney would like to give back all the money he's earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain that I would be glad to then listen to him," Gingrich told reporters after a town hall, referring to the company Romney ran. "And I'll bet you 10 dollars, not 10 thousand that he won't take the offer."

During an interview Monday, Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, was critical of the seven-figure sum Gingrich received from Freddie Mac, saying it was another example of his deep ties to Washington.

In response, Gingrich made light of Romney's high-dollar bet proposal at Saturday's debate. Romney accused fellow candidate Rick Perry of misquoting his writings on health care and offered Perry $10,000 that he was right.

Gingrich, the former House speaker, said he was "startled" by the proposal.

"I know Rick Perry pretty well. I can't imagine he can cover that, I mean he's been a public servant all his career," Gingrich said.

– CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "The fact is, Obama threw money at GM and Chrysler and both went bankrupt. Short memory?"

    Good job, Captain Spinbot. You successfully phrased that sentence to make it sound like Obama gave them the money and THEN they went bankrupt, which is really the exact OPPOSITE of what actually happened. Bush gave them a "bridge loan" in 2008, Obama refused them aid in March 2009 and bankruptcy was filed in June 2009 and was really just part of the restructuring plan that GM had to come up with to justify to Obama that it had a credible plan in place for addressing its problems moving forward and therefore shoudl receive financial aid. Darth Rove would be proud of you, young Sith warrior...let the hate and lies flow through you. Alas, we so sorry reality has liberal bias. Would you like a tissue?

    December 12, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Let's get ready to rumbleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Jon Huntsman is the only viable GOP candidate but unfortunately, he won't get the nod from the GOP/Tea party crowd because he's ***gasp**** a moderate.

    December 12, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Laverne

    Don't like nasty Newt, but I do like what he said because it only shows Mitt Romney's hypocrisy. This guy tries to paint himself as "the one without sin" and he is anything but......... The truth is Mitt Romney made his fortune off of the misfortunate of others. He pretends he is concerned about America and its financial health, but his businessman history tells the complete opposite. He has no convictions about anything except for saying and doing anything to try and become POTUS. I hope Newt clobbers him for the nomination and then Obama will clobber Newt in the general election ! Obama/Biden 2012!

    December 12, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Sniffit

    ""If Gov. Romney would like to give back all the money he's earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain that I would be glad to then listen to him"

    Here's a freeby for you Mittens: "If Newetered Gingrich would like to give back all the money he's earned from lobbying for Fannie/Freddie and other entities, then I would be glad to then listen to him."

    C'mon...take my advice...watching the serpent swallow its tail is hilarious.

    December 12, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Marcel

    Fodder for Obama

    Both Gingrich and Romney are constantly providing fodder for Obama to feed on during the general election. That is why , at this point, it doesn't really matter which of them wins the GOP nomination. Both are weak in competing with Obama and both are not conservatives.

    They are the worst two candidates of the whole pack and this reflects how weak minded the republican party is. Is this the party of 'values'? They now have a choice between two evils, two flip-floppers, and two weaklings who will both lose big time to Obama.

    This is exactly what the democratic party wants...it couldn't be any worse for the RNC...no wonder they are now blaming their chairman 'Pubics' ... ha ha ha

    December 12, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The Republican implosion and descent into disgrace continues. Gingrich is soaring like an eagle because he's flying with turkeys.

    -Gov. Romney's success is due to the fact that he is a thorughbred schmoozer.
    -The only words that Gov. Perry can utter properly are his lies, which I find totally amazing.
    -Amb. Huntsman doesn't know how to take the hint, "get lost, traitor."
    -Rep. Paul wants us live like The Waltons.
    -and the rest would make a great TV series, "Desparate Candidates"

    December 12, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Is Newt offering Mitt " strategic advice"? How much is he charging?

    December 12, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    Although Romney is still the GOP's best bet in the general election, watching the serial philanderer pummel him is great. Putting Newter up as the candidate would be political suicide

    December 12, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. chyke

    Thats a good one Newt. Foney Romney has been going about masqurading as a job creator, when that is very far from the truth. Foney Romney has been nothing other than job destroyer. I was a victim and simply can't stand him.

    December 12, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Rudy NYC, is Newt flying with frozen turkeys? What carrion bird is he, then?

    December 12, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Debbie

    This is just a hopeless group of candidates.

    December 12, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Lost inTexas FOREVER and EVER

    boy I bet somebody at the DNC and Obama camp is doing nothing but collecting soundbites.

    December 12, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "The only words that Gov. Perry can utter properly are his lies, which I find totally amazing."

    Indeed...he called Solyndra a "country." Ticker article should be incoming sometime today....CNN tends to be behind on these things.

    December 12, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. tigerakabj

    Even though I'll sprint to the voting booth next November to vote for Obama against Newt, that zinger hits the mark.

    Romney's always saying, "I've got private sector experience. I know how the economy works. I am a businessman." Yeah, his work at Bain Capital is exactly what we DON'T need as an indicator that he his fit to be president during this troubling times. He is a corporate raider who collected troubled companie's assets, had the employees fired, and distributed the assets to he and his cronies. Ted Kennedy told Massachusetts this guy is not to be trusted. They rejected him in 1994, but pulled the lever for him in 2002 when they elected him governor. Except for HCR that he passed, Romney's background showed exactly why his state was 47th in job creation during that period.

    Obama/Biden/E.Warren 2012

    December 12, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. george of the jungle

    this has really gotten childish. Both are rich and neither would give back money they made. Watching mitt say you want to bet made me cringe. The world is watching and how stupid we must look. Thank goodness our president conducts himself in a grown up manner. All you repos who make the stupid commentsd about our pres that he is an idiot and such. Take a good look at your candidates. Now they are some real winners.

    December 12, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Keep the cameras and microphones on Mr. Gingrich, please. He's approaching his event horizon when his superstar goes nova and becomes a black hole, sucking down everything in his neighborhood into total destruction. Right now that neighborhood is once again named the Republican Party.

    I find it ironic that none of Mr. Gringrich's contemporaries for his days as Speaker of the House have come endorsed him, much less said anything positive. The comments by the people who know him best are overwhelmingly negative. The irony is to hear right wing pundits marveling in wonder as to why Gingrich has surged and held his ground. They sound like liberals marveling at how conservative voters can support some Repubilcans so enthusiastically. [because they are one-issue voters}

    December 12, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. ST

    Both of these two contenders are culprits. Neither Romney nor Gingrich is clean. They like very much to campaign what good stuff they did in the past, but they forget that bad ones also count!

    December 12, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    uh-oh, I smell a " right-wing social engneering" moment.

    December 12, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    Goodness, GOPers. Good luck picking a nominee from this group of "meanies". Wanna bet how long it takes for Mittens to start wearing that blue plaid shirt of his again?

    December 12, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. a in austin

    Don't forget Perry – he' bought and paid for. For a career politician and the poor family life he grew up in, his millions never get mentioned.

    December 12, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. billy

    All the Republican candidates are damaged beyond repair.

    December 12, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    I like Gingrich, far better than Romney, who seems so artificial and lacking genuineness.

    December 12, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. stevie

    Somebody quoted Ted Kennedy on Romney: There`s a joke. The fat old liar is spinning in his grave. Don`t spill your drink, Ted.

    December 12, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Mike

    Oh I love this one "I know Rick Perry pretty well. I can't imagine he can cover that, I mean he's been a public servant all his career,"
    Those poor broke politicians have it so hard. People just don’t know what it takes to keep your private jet fueled, or find time for those getaways in the Bahamas’. People think that their PAC’s pay for that but no, they have to elicit favors from corporate donors like any other hard working civil servant.

    December 12, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. The GOP is out of touch

    Huntsman is the only interesting one.... but the people in the party don't read. He can't win... he thinks actual thoughts and doesn't spew diatribe. Ok... Paul also has actual thoughts, but I just disagree with them. That's all I have though from this motley crew.

    December 12, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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