Perry keeps up bet criticism of Romney
December 11th, 2011
07:34 PM ET
10 years ago

Perry keeps up bet criticism of Romney

(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.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Neal Powers

    Perhaps a $10,000 bet between politicians over who said what when is, in the words of Governor Perry, "all a big mistake." For once, the man may be right.

    December 11, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    Perry is always a "day late" and a "few" French Fries short in a Happy Meal!!!

    Obama 2012 – because if you stick with President Obama,, you are sure to get a "complete meal."

    December 11, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. Bill

    Perry's a moron. Mitt was making a point with the betting rhetoric, which is, you're lying Rick. Stop bringing up phoney facts in these debates. Hell – I don't think Ricky can count to 10,000 without help from his advisors. Romney is the best candidate folks. Let's get this primary over with so we can excuse Obama without any further delay.

    December 11, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. CarlIowa

    Perry is a crook....

    December 11, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The size of the bet is something that is extrodinary for most Americans couldn't do. I think that if the bet had been smaller, like $10 or what ever is in your wallet, I would have felt that is good enough.

    December 11, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque

    Not a good idea to make fun of the monkeys at the zoo, Ricky. They might throw poo at you.

    December 12, 2011 03:36 am at 3:36 am |