Romney doesn't disavow $10,000 bet

December 11, 2011 - 8:46 PM

HUDSON, N.H. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans alike are accusing Mitt Romney of being out of touch after he said during this weekend's debate that he would make a $10,000 bet with Rick Perry.

Romney didn't back away from the comment Sunday — but he said he's been told he's not a good gambler.

He said his wife told him after the debate he had done a good job and told him he does many things well, but "betting isn't one of them."

Romney's Republican rivals and Democrats have used his remark to portray him as out of step with the concerns of most normal Americans. They say $10,000 represents more than three months' salary for most. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in Iowa Sunday, said that kind of money represents "pocket change" for Romney.