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Monday
Dec122011

Candidate Betting Game Continues: Gingrich Wages $10

ABC News(LONDONDERRY, N.H.) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry might not be a betting man, but Newt Gingrich is.
 
Gingrich said Monday that he wants to make a bet with Mitt Romney after Romney went on Fox and Friends and said Gingrich should give back the money he made as a consultant for failed home mortgage corporation Freddie Mac.
 
"I love the way he and his consultants do those things. I would just say that if Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he's earned on bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years if being, then I would be glad to then listen to him, and I'll bet you $10, not $10,000 that he won't take the offer," Gingrich said.
 
A $10 wager is much lower than the $10,000 Romney bet Perry on Saturday night at the ABC News debate when Perry suggested Romney left a line out of a reprint of his book concerning backing health care mandates. Romney said he would bet $10,000 that Perry's comments weren’t true.

"He must have been really sure of himself," Gingrich said about Romney's bet. "I wouldn't bet that amount of money."

Gingrich said he was "startled" by the bet comment because he knows Perry very well, "I couldn't imagine he could cover a bet like that. He's been a public servant all his career," Gingrich said.

Perry said the Romney bet was "out of touch" and "pocket change for Mitt."

Gingrich will continue to campaign in N.H. on Monday, holding a debate with Jon Huntsman and a town hall in Windham, N.H., before going back to Iowa on Wednesday.

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