At the Republican presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on Dec. 10, Romney turned to Texas Gov. Perry and bet him $10,000 that Romney’s first book did not suggest the Massachusetts health care reform was a model for the nation, as Perry claimed.
But the subject of the bet doesn’t matter. It’s the size of the bet. Who has $10,000 to risk on a bet? A wealthy former businessman like Romney, that’s who. Most of Romney’s opponents for the Republican nomination, as well as Democrats, mocked him for looking like an out-of-touch rich man who doesn’t get that the vast majority of Americans can’t afford to risk $10,000.