Gingrich said he didn't imagine Perry could cover the $10,000 bet, because the Texas governor has been a public servant his whole career. Romney told Fox News on Monday that the bet was meant as an exaggeration similar to when someone says, "I'll bet you a million bucks." Fierce Romney-opponent Jon Huntsman had his campaign release a statement saying it believed Romney would have lost his $10,000 bet. "It is clear that Mitt Romney once touted 'Romneycare' as a 'national model' before he changed his mind and his book," said Tim Miller, Huntsman's spokesman. "The press releases titled ''A History of Conservative Health Care Reform' and 'Romney Vision' tout his Massachusetts health care plan's 'personal responsibility principle' (read: mandate) and highlighted the plan as a 'national model that would dramatically expand access to health care.'" -- Written by Joe Deaux in New York. >Contact by Email. >Follow Joe Deaux on Twitter. Subscribe on Facebook.