Romney Shrugs Off $10,000 Bet Remark

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has dismissed his $10,000 bet he tried to make Texas Gov. Rick Perry during Saturday night's Republican presidential debate.

Romney says the bet was an "outrageous number to answer an outrageous charge."

At one point during the debate, Romney held out his hand and offered the large sum as a bet to Perry after the Texas governor claimed Romney had deleted parts of his book "No Apology" that dealt with health care.

Many Republicans and Democrats have accused Romney of being out of touch for his bet with millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet in a troubled economy.

"I would suggest to you that $10,000 is pocket change for Mitt," said Perry, who was campaigning in Iowa on Sunday. "Having an extra $10,000 to throw down on a bet seems very out of the ordinary."

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the remark "the most out-of-touch moment in any debate so far -- offering to bet Rick Perry $10,000 as casually as if it's something he does all the time," she said in a statement.

Romney says he's been reminded he's not a good gambler.

"After the debate was over, Ann came up and gave me a kiss," Romney said, referring to his wife. "And she said, 'There are a lot of things you do well. Betting isn't one of them.'"

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