Saturday, December 10, 2011

Romney Bets Perry $10,000 He Didn't Remove Nationwide Healthcare Mandate In Book...It Was Removed

Mitt Romney will regret he ever wanted to bet Rick Perry $10,000 over whether or not he removed a line calling for a nationwide healthcare mandate in the paperback version of his book.

Next to his "I'm running for office, I can't be hiring illegals for Pete's Sake" line, this was Romney's worst moment. (LA Times).

Perry had accused Romney of altering a paperback version of his book to delete a line that had Romney wanting to make his Massachusetts healthcare plan a model for the rest of the nation, suggesting that Romney is a champion of an individual mandate to force people to purchase health insurance.

Romney said that wasn’t true.

“I'll tell you what. 10,000 bucks? Ten-thousand-dollar bet?” Romney said.

“I’m not in the betting business,” Perry replied.

Romney, who likes to talk about his work creating jobs as a venture capitalist in the private sector, is estimated to be worth between $190 million and $250 million.

Should he go on to win the Republican nomination, the clip from Saturday's debate may be replayed again and again in Democratic attack ads.

The reaction of former Obama White House aide Bill Burton to Romney's bet was typical. Burton now runs a Democratic "super PAC."

"Not a lot of 99%'ers are out there making $10,000 bets," Burton wrote on Twitter.

And the Democratic National Committee quickly fired off a mass email titled: "What the Average American Family Can Buy With $10,000."

Gov. Perry is right, Romney removed the line “We can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country,” from the paperback version of his book.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Out of all the idiotic things I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot, trying to make an issue out of Romney's bet makes the top ten. The amount was just an indication of how sure he is in his answer, and that's it. Talk about stupidity. With all that we have to deal with in this nation this kind of mumbo-jumbo is absurd, childish, and downright
pathetic. The press needs to grow up.