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Rick Perry Zings Mitt Romney For $10,000 Bet


First Posted: 12/11/11 09:39 AM ET Updated: 12/11/11 12:59 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney continued to catch flak Sunday morning for his casual offer to make a $10,000 wager during Saturday night's GOP presidential debate. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace led his show with it, calling the exchange the defining moment of the debate.

"I was taken a little aback," Texas Gov. Rick Perry said when asked about the bet. He added that as he drove into the Iowa studio to film the interview, he didn't pass a single house whose residents looked like the type of people who could nonchalantly make a $10,000 bet. He said he didn't think "anyone in Iowa would even think that a ten thousand dollar bet was possible," and that Romney is "out of touch with the normal Iowa citizen."

On Saturday night, conservatives didn't hold back on jokes directed at the wealthy Romney. Jonah Goldberg of the National Review tweeted that "Romney promises that his butler will 'personally deliver' $10,000 check if he loses," which was quickly retweeted by RedState's Erick Erickson.

Jonathan Martin, who covers the GOP race for Politico, also pounced.

"Who among us doesn't wager $10K at a time?" he tweeted.

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