Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Morning Fix: Mitt Romney’s $10,000 mistake

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s baffling decision to propose a $10,000 bet with Texas Gov. Rick Perry during Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate dominated the after-action analysis of the event.

But did Romney simply have a bad night? Or will the $10,000 bet continue to haunt him in the final three weeks before the Iowa caucuses? That depends on who you ask.

The Romney team is adamant that no harm has been done. Stuart Stevens, Romney’s lead ad maker, called the proposed bet a “very real moment” in which his candidate “back[ed] somebody down with a bluff bet.”

But Romney himself clearly had the bet on his mind on the campaign trail Sunday in New Hampshire, recounting that his wife told him after the debate that “there are a lot of things you do well...Betting isn’t one of them.”

And even as Romney and his team sought to downplay or downright dismiss the damage done by the $10,000 bet, there were plenty of signs that his rivals wouldn’t let him forget the gaffe any time soon.

Perry’s campaign put out a minute-long web video that repeatedly features Romney making the $10,000 bet comment while the words “one bet you can count on ... the truth isn’t for sale” appear on screen.

Related Articles:

Mitt Romney’s $10,000 Bet Blows Up Twitter - TPM

Mitt Romney hounded for $10K bet - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Mitt Romney's $10K Debate Bet a Bad Move, Say Critics - Newser.com

Mitt Romney Says $10K Bet Was 'Outrageous Number - FoxNewsInsider.com

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