DES MOINES – Rick Perry may have turned down the $10,000 bet laid out by Mitt Romney Saturday night, but the Texas governor did not miss an opportunity to criticize him for it, characterizing the Massachusetts governor’s challenge as “out of touch” with the American people during a morning show interview today.
“I was taken a little aback. Driving out to the station this morning, I’m pretty sure I didn’t drive by a house that anyone in Iowa would even think about that a $10,000 bet was even possible, so a little out of touch with the normal Iowa citizen,” Perry said during an interview on Fox News Sunday.
In the ABC News/Yahoo! Debate Saturday night, Romney extended a wager to the Texas governor that his claim that Romney suggested his Massachusetts healthcare plan should be a model for the country, an assertion Perry repeated Sunday morning.
“A $10,000 bet’s not going to cover that,” said Perry.
But Perry was willing to admit he made one mistake earlier this week when he said there were “8 unelected” judges on the Supreme Court, and the Texas governor confessed he doesn’t know each of the justices’ names. “I know there are 9 Supreme Court justices, I don’t know how 8 came out of my mouth, but the fact is can tell you – I don’t have memorized all of Supreme Court judges,” said Perry.
The Texas governor said his most recent flub is likely not of concern to voters because Americans are “not looking for a robot that can spit out the name of every Supreme Court justice.”
Perry’s miscount of the Supreme Court came during a Des Moines Register editorial board meeting in which he railed against the court for banning prayer in schools.
As president, Perry said he would fight for a “constitutional amendment that allows our children to pray in school.”
As recently as Friday, Perry said local school boards should make the decision allowing children to pray in the classroom.
The Texas governor will speak at two church services in Waukee Sunday morning along with attending a meet and greet at a coffee shop in Ames.