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The candidates at the ABC debate were asked about Newt Gingrich's recent comments that the Palestinians are an "invented" people. Gingrich was asked about Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat's response, who is a associated with the Palestinian Fatah movement, saying that Gingrich's comments would be used as rhetorical ammunition by Hamas and al-Qaeda.

"How would he know the difference?" Gingrich said dismissively. "Is what I said factually correct? Yes. Is it historically true? Yes." He then denounced the idea of Israel being urged into peace talks with Palestinian groups that fire rockets at Israel.

He also alleged that "The Palestinians claim to a right of return is based on a historically false story," and also said that "'Palestinian' did not become a common term until after 1977."

The Palestine Liberation Organization was in fact founded in 1964, capping off years of Palestinian cultural development from both before and after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Pundits and strategists on the left and right alike were united in their reaction to Mitt Romney's $10,000 mid-debate bet with Rick Perry: expect to see it many, many, many more times if Romney wins the nomination.

"If Mitt is the nominee, we'll see that ten-thousand dollar bet offer about ten thousand more times," Josh Trevino of the Public Policy Foundation in Texas, which is close to Perry, tweeted.

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DES MOINES -- This should play well to the 99% crowd: without skipping a beat at the Saturday night debate here, Mitt Romney held out his hand and offered to bet Rick Perry $10,000 that he didn't change the health care text in his book..

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Newt’s marriage history came in for a bit of a kicking during Saturday night’s debate, as various candidates opined not so subtly about the difficulty of trusting someone who could not show fidelity. However, Newt tackled this head-on. Watch his response below:



Democrats were gleeful over Mitt Romney’s $10,000 bet offer to Rick Perry during the GOP debate, so the DNC’s press secretary, Melanie Roussell set up a Twitter hashtag to have some fun with it. #What10kbuys is now trending world-wide.

Democrats can barely contain their glee at Mitt Romney’s $10,000 bet with Rick Perry, but the Romney campaign seems to think their candidate nailed it.

Romney spokesman Erich Ferhnstrom told TPM that the bet was “a good moment for Mitt Romney.”

“It made Perry look weak,” he said, adding that he suggested the $10,000 wager “because he knew Perry wouldn’t take it.”

The DNC has already sent out the following email:



In tonight’s Iowa Debate Mitt Romney casually offered a $10,000 bet, after calling a $1,500 tax break for the middle class a band-aid. Mitt Romney may not know what $10,000 means to middle class families, but here’s what the average American family can buy with $10,000:

$10,000 Is More Than Four Months Pay For Most Americans (Median Income Was $26,197 in 2010) [Census.gov, accessed 12/10/11]

$10,000 Is More Than The Average Public In-State Four-Year College Tuition ($8,244) [CollegeBoard, accessed 12/10/11]

$10,000 Is Almost Three Times What The Average Family Spends On Groceries In A Year ($3624) [BLS.gov, accessed 12/10/11]

$10,000 Would Cover More Than A Year’s Worth Of Mortgage Payments For The Typical American Home Purchased Today ($8,376) [National Association of Realtors, 10/6/11]

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