Last night during the GOP debate in Iowa, Mitt Romney extended a bet to Rick Perry stating that Romney never supported a mandate for national health care. This was a terrible move by Romney. When you’re trying to appeal to the working class people of Iowa, it’s probably not best to make $10k wagers in front of them. He basically rubbed his checkbook in the faces of the millions watching the debate. Perry did the correct thing in the public eye by saying, “I’m not in the betting business.” This debate was supposed to be Romney’s move to the front-runner spot. Romney was supposed to go after Gingrich and basically take him out. He did quite the opposite. He made a stupid move that will lead to a decline in his support. This isn’t a catastrophic move by Romney but it’s one that he didn’t need by any measure.
The real winner of the debate last night was Gingrich. Gingrich and Romney were the clear front-runners and Romney took a step backward last night. Watching this exchange between Romney and Perry made me cringe. Perry is pretty familiar with debacles such as this one. We all remember Perry’s debate debacle a few weeks ago. His mishap will go down in history as one of the worst ever. Perry has somewhat recovered and is now making a push in the polls. Romney’s mishap isn’t the end of the world, and he still has a good chance to get the presidential nomination. I bet Mitt Romney $10k that he would love to take that bet back.