Romney to Perry: I’ll Betcha $10,000, Poor Boy


Hmmm. Interesting debate Saturday evening, even if it was on ABC. It seemed to me that Mitt Romney was a little off his game. Since he won’t do the smart thing and just say his Romneycare for Massachusetts was a bad idea, the subject continues to come up. Rick Perry called him on it again during the debate.

After giving a meandering reponse about how Romneycare differed from Obamacare, and arguing about what was and wasn’t in his book, Romney turned to Perry and said, I’ll betcha $10,000. Perry wisely responded that he isn’t a betting man. Perry for the win.

From The Blaze:

“Perry: I’m hearing you say all the right things. But I read your first book and it said in there that your mandate in Massachusetts, which should be the model for the country — I know it came out of the reprint of the book, but, you know, I’m just saying, you were for individual mandates, my friend.
Romney: You know what, you’ve raised that before, Rick. and you’re wrong.
Perry: It was true then, it’s true now
Romney: Rick, I’ll tell you what, 10,000 bucks, $10,000 bet.
Perry: I’m not in the betting business.”

The guy with the big checkbook tried to win an argument by challenging the up from hard scrabble Rick Perry. Mr. Establishment flashing his roll. . . that was just tacky. I guess the heat from the Gingrich surge and a rebooted Governor Perry are taking a toll on the supposedly unflappable Mitt Romney.

Oh, this just in. Alarm bells are sounding at the RNC.

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Lady Penguin
December 11, 2011 8:07 am

Mitt is a Huckster, in the old-fashioned use of the word. 🙂

December 11, 2011 10:32 am

Speaking of the RNC, didn’t we see somewhere last week
about an opinion or an advisory coming out of Priebus or somebody that R’s shouldn’t attack O personally? Like dont harp on the fact he’s a socialist/communist/ disturbed/narcissist whiner? Just stick to the issues?
Funny, wasn’t a winning strategy for McCain.

redneck hippie
December 11, 2011 2:00 pm

Perry mussed up Mitt’s hair in Nevada, elicited the “I can’t have illegals working here, I’m running for office for Pete’s sake!” line. Now the $10,000 bet remark. I can’t help but like it that RJP is again getting Mitt to make an unforced error. I think Perry knows that he and Mitt are both in it for the long haul and he is continuing to position himself as the everyman’s candidate against Mitt’s “establishment insider” personna. Mitt goofed up big time on this one. Perry knows very well he needs to win back support from people who moved to… Read more »