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John McCain Bets Charles Barkley via Twitter on 2012 Election Winner

Leon Bennett/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Sen. John McCain asked former pro basketball player and TNT analyst Charles Barkley to join him in a bet via Twitter on Monday.

@SenJohnMcCain tweeted, “Dear Charles Barkley, ‘don’t take it personally, you seem like a nice guy,’ but you’re clueless -- @MittRomney wins. Wanna bet?”

The suggested bet appears to be in response to comments Barkley made during a broadcast Sunday night, when he saw Mitt Romney in the crowd at a Boston Celtics game. The Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks.

“We’re going to beat you like a drum in November. Don’t take it personally. I like you. You seem like a nice guy, but you’re going down, bro,” said Barkley on the air when Romney turned up on camera.

Barkley has not publicly responded to McCain’s invitation.

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Rick Santorum ‘Taken Aback’ By Mitt Romney’s $10,000 Bet

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he was “taken aback” by Mitt Romney’s $10,000 bet at Saturday night’s ABC News presidential debate, suggesting that “a nickel or a dollar” would have been a more appropriate amount.

“I was a little taken aback by it,” Santorum told reporters on Monday after a campaign event in Iowa. “That would not be a number I would have thrown out,” he said.

“I either say a nickel or a dollar. I use, ‘I’ll betcha’ a dollar’ or ‘I betcha nickel.’ It’s the substantive argument not the money, and as the father of seven children, nickels and dollars are easier to come by than $10,000,” Santorum said.

But the former Pennsylvania senator, who has spent more time campaigning in Iowa than any of his opponents, thanked rival Rick Perry for raising the issue of Romney’s past statements that indicate he once thought the Massachusetts health care plan was a “model for the nation.”

“It was in his book,” Santorum said, referring to Romney’s No Apology. “I’ve seen it. I don’t know why Mitt keeps running away from it. If you changed your mind -- this is not something new -- he changed his mind.”

Santorum’s campaign also sent out a fundraising pitch to supporters on Monday, seeking $10,000.

“Mitt Romney is a multimillionaire former venture capitalist, so we understand that $10,000 might not be a lot of money to him. But it is to us and we are sure it is to most of you,” the email message read. “That’s why we are betting on our grassroots supporters to help us raise $10,000 today.”

After his campaign event, held at the downtown Des Moines offices of the Principal Financial Group, Santorum also turned his fire on Newt Gingrich. He told reporters that he was troubled by Gingrich’s past work for Freddie Mac.

“Look, I think the fact that he went out and lobbied for an organization, in my opinion, was not consistent with the conservative values we have,” Santorum said. “I just wouldn’t do that. I worked for a company when I got out of Congress.”

Santorum later clarified that Gingrich wasn’t actually registered as a lobbyist but was “someone who spoke on behalf of Freddie,” and that, he said, would be enough to create a liability for the former House speaker should he win the Republican nomination.

Members of Santorum’s staff also passed out a copy of a May 5, 2006, letter signed by Santorum and other members of Congress warning of the “enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.”

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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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Obama Faces Tough Questions at MTV Town Hall

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Young adult voters were given the opportunity to pose questions to President Obama Thursday afternoon about issues that directly affect them, including college affordability, Internet harassment, and the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

BET, CMT and MTV sponsored A Conversation with President Obama, a formal dialogue with the president and 225 young people.  The live broadcast aired online and on all three of the Viacom channels as a “town hall” forum aimed at maintaining Obama’s connection with young voters -- a relationship he successfully built during his 2008 campaign.

The diverse group of young adults, comprised largely of students and college faculty, did not waste any time in addressing serious concerns.  There were questions on the Tea Party, Sudan and whether he believes that being gay is a choice (he does not).

Cynthia Myer, a Republican from Austin, Texas, questioned the President’s promise of bipartisanship, particularly in regards to how the health care bill was passed.  Obama responded by noting that he and other Democrats repeatedly held meetings with Republicans aimed at finding common ground for health care.

“Although I’m a proud Democrat, I’m a prouder American,” he said to assuage concerns he might be more concerned with political ties than with enacting important policy.

The health care bill signed into law in early 2010 allows young adults under 26 years of age to remain on their parents’ health care plan whether they are employed, married, or in school.

MTV asked audience members and viewers around the world to share their thoughts using hash tags on Twitter like #askJobs and #askEducation.  They also asked young adults to share their greatest hopes and fears.  Halfway through the show, viewers had already reportedly sent 10,000 tweets.

When asked about racial tension in the country, Obama said, “You guys are going to the be the messengers of this continued strengthening of the diversity of this country.”

At the event, Alicia Thompson, a Howard University junior from Edison, N.J., shared her hope with the president that in 10 years, more black men would be enrolled in college than incarcerated.

“Honestly, the numbers aren’t even important anymore,” Thompson told ABC News after the town hall. “The more important question is: How do we raise up the next generation to do things better than they were done before?”

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President Obama to Host Youth Q & A

Photo Courtesy - The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will participate in a live, commercial-free youth town hall Thursday.  The event will be broadcast on Viacom's BET, CMT and MTV networks.

The president will appear before an audience comprised of 250 young people representing a broad diversity of backgrounds, interests and political views.

During the town hall, President Obama will answer questions from the audience in addition to viewer questions submitted though Twitter.

The event is scheduled to air at 4 p.m. ET.

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