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Romney Brushes Aside Bizarre $10,000 Bet

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Mitt Romney brushed aside a bizarre moment from Saturday's Republican presidential debate when he tried to make a $10,000 bet with Rick Perry about a detail in Romney's book No Apology.

Romney told Fox News on Monday that the bet was an exaggeration and that it was similar to when someone says, "I'll bet you a million bucks."

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On Saturday, Perry said Romney's book claimed that his Massachusetts health care mandate should be a model for the United States of America.

"You know what, you've raised that before, Rick, and you're still wrong," Romney said. "Rick, I'll tell you what, 10,000 bucks? $10,000 bet?"

"I'm not in the betting business, but I'll ... I'll show you the book," Perry said.

After the debate, Romney said Ann, his wife, said the former Massachusetts governor did a lot of things well but that betting wasn't one of them.

Perry suggested after the debate that $10,000 was pocket change for Romney -- who is a former Bain Capital CEO -- and that having that kind of money to "throw down" seemed "very out of the ordinary."

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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz criticized Romney on Monday for his comments.

"I mean, he called a payroll tax cut of $1,500 for working families a little Band-Aid, said that corporations are people, casually threw out a $10,000 bet the other night like it's a dollar or $5 for other people," Wasserman Schultz said on Fox News.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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