Monday, December 12, 2011

Kidding around: Romney defends bet

Mitt Romney on Fox & Friends this morning, responding to controversy surrounding his offer of a $10,000 bet with Rick Perry during last weekend's GOP debate.

"This was an outrageous number to answer an outrageous charge from him, and it's been proven wrong time and time again, and he keeps raising it.

I said 'Okay, let's put something outrageous there'."

It's like saying 'Hey, I'll bet you a million bucks X, Y, or Z'.

And so, let me tell you, afterwards my wife came up and she said 'Mitt, it was a great debate. You're great at a lot of things, just not betting', so we're over with that."

He then blamed Barack Obama for advancing a narrative that Romney is out-of-touch.

"What the American people are tired of listening to is President Obama trying to find some way to deflect blame.

He's been pushing this idea that somehow I'm not in touch with everyday people, because I put out an outrageous number for an outrageous charge."

During ABC's debate, Romney offered Perry a $10,000 wager over whether Mitt had removed a key line on health care from the paperback version of his book.

Politifact rated Perry's claim in the debate as "mostly false".