1. GAMBLE

    Romney Makes $10K Bet to Perry

    ABC NEWS - The ABC News Republican Presidential debate moderated by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos live at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, December 10, 2011, airing on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Matthew Putney) RICK SANTORUM, RICK PERRY, MITT ROMNEY, NEWT GINGRICH

    Matthew Putney / ABC

    Are Mormons even allowed to gamble? Mitt Romney said he would bet Rick Perry $10,000 that a line about health care did not appear in the first version of Romney’s book. Perry said that he read the first edition of Romney’s book that Massachusetts universal health care would work for the rest of the nation but he couldn’t find it later editions. Romney responded “Rick, I’ll tell you what, ten thousand bucks? $10,000 bet?” Romney asked. The comment has already gone viral: The Des Moines Register tweeted “not too many Iowa caucusgoers are the sort to offer a $10,000 bet, even on a sure thing.” The DNC already blasted an email thread titled “Here’s what the average American family can buy with that $10,000,” and the ABC political analysts said after the debate that this comment had the power to become the viral video of the debate.

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