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.