Jon Stewart Revels In Romney’s $10K Debate Bet

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December 13, 2011 4:30 a.m.
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Jon Stewart on Monday took on Saturday’s “battle royale” Republican debate. It was pegged as an opportunity for the lower-tier candidates to take a few shots at the party’s new frontrunner Newt Gingrich. But one story rose above the rest: Mitt Romney offering Rick Perry a $10,000 bet.“This is awesome,” Stewart said. “A Mormon gambling with an evangelical over who’s the bigger liar. Are there any commandments left?”

Stewart then turned to Daily Show political correspondent John Oliver, who was in Iowa to break down the debate. Romney’s big bet played into the narrative that the former businessman is an out-of-touch millionaire, he said. “Everything about Romney tells the tale of a man who just fired your dad,” Oliver said.

What about Gingrich? Stewart asked.

Gingrich has an oath problem, Oliver said. “He can flaunt his wealth all he likes,” he said. “What he can’t do is promise to be America’s president for richer or pooer. And definitely not in sickness and in health, without invoking images of President Gingrich getting bored of us and messing around with a younger country behind our back.”

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