Indecision 2012 - ABC News GOP Debate - Mitt Romney's Bet

  • Aired:  12/12/11
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John Oliver reports on how Mitt Romney's $10,000 debate bet feeds into his out-of-touch multi-millionaire narrative. (5:35)

(BEEP).

STILL, THE DAY AFTER THE

DEBATE, THERE WAS ONLY ONE

TOPIC ON ANYONE'S MIND.

IT WASN'T RON PAUL OR GINGRICH'S

SLAM ON MITT ROMNEY.

IT WAS THIS.

>> I READ YOUR FIRST BOOK.

IT SAID IN THERE THAT YOUR

MANDATE IN MASSACHUSETTS,

WHICH SHOULD BE THE MODEL FOR

THE COUNTRY.

I KNOW IT CAME OUT OF THE

REPRINT OF THE BOOK.

BUT, YOU KNOW, I'M JUST SAYING

YOU REFER TO INDIVIDUAL

MANDATES, MY FRIEND.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT?

YOU'VE RAISED THAT BEFORE,

RICK.

>> IT WAS TRUE THEN.

IT IS TRUE NOW.

>> RICK, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT.

$10,000.

A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR BET.

>> I'M NOT IN THE BETTING

BUSINESS.

>> OKAY.

>> Jon: THIS IS AWESOME.

A MORMON GAMBLING WITH AN

EVANGELICAL OVER WHO IS THE

BIGGER LIAR.

ARE THERE ANY COMMANDMENTS

LEFT?

WITH MORE ON ROMNEY'S $10,000

BET, WE TURN TO OUR SENIOR

POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT JOHN

OLIVER IN IOWA.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

WHY IS EVERYONE MAKING SUCH A

BIG DEAL ABOUT THIS $10,000

BET THING.

>> ONE, JON, BECAUSE IT FEEDS

INTO THE PRE-EXISTING

NARRATIVE ABOUT MITT ROMNEY

BEING AN OUT OF TOUCH

MULTI-MILLIONAIRE.

WHEN ROMNEY RAN THE BUY-OUT

FIRM, EVERYTHING ABOUT ROMNEY

TELLS THE TALE OF A MAN WHO

JUST FIRED YOUR DAD.

THIS IS NOT A NARRATIVE, JON,

THAT THE PRESS INVENTED.

LOOK AT HIS THIRD GRADE CLASS

PICTURE.

HIS HAIR IS EXACTLY THE SAME,

JON.

WHAT SEVEN-YEAR-OLD HAS

GRAYING TEMPLES?

>> Jon: WHAT ABOUT NEWT

GINGRICH?

HE HAS A PERSONAL NET WORTH

FROM LAST YEAR I THINK LIKE $6-

$7 MILLION.

A HALF A MILLION DOLLAR TAB AT

TIFFANY'S.

>> MONEY ISN'T GINGRICH'S

NARRATIVE.

IT'S THE INFIDELITY GUY.

HIS PROBLEM IS OATHS.

HE CAN FLAUNT HIS WEALTH ALL

HE LIKES.

WHAT HE CAN'T DO IS PROMISE TO

BE AMERICA'S PRESIDENT FOR

RICHER OR POORER AND

DEFINITELY NOT IN SICKNESS AND

IN HEALTH.

WITHOUT EVOKING IMAGES OF

PRESIDENT GINGRICH GETTING

BORED OF US AND MESSING AROUND

WITH A YOUNGER COUNTRY BEHIND

OUR BACK.

>> Jon: SO GINGRICH IS SAYING

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

EVERY CANDIDATE HAS AN ACHILLE'S

HEEL, THAT SPOT WHEN THEY WERE

DIPPED INTO INDESTRUCT I

BELIEVE CAMPAIGN JUICE WAS

LEFT UNCOVERED LEAVING THEM

VULNERABLE.

>> Jon: I ALWAYS WONDERED WHY

ACHILLY'S MOM DIDN'T DIP HIM

TWICE MAKING SURE SHE COVERED

THE HEEL.

>> YOU CAN'T DOUBLE DIP, JON.

IT'S RUDE TO THE PEOPLE

WAITING IN LINE BEHIND YOU.

>> Jon: JUST ONE DIP AND A

LITTLE LADLE.

I MEAN THE WHOLE THING IS

DONE.

IT'S NOT A SECOND DIP.

I'M JUST SAYING....

>> THAT'S TWO DIPS, JON.

>> Jon: IT'S AN EASY DIP.

>> YOU'RE BONKERS, PLEASE.

>> Jon: WHAT'S RICK PERRY'S

ACHILLY'S HEEL?

>> HE DOESN'T HAVE ONE.

>> Jon: YOU JUST SAID

EVERY....

>> RICK PERRY HAS AN ACHILLE'S

HEAD.

>> THE IDEA THAT THIS

PRESIDENT NOW WITH IRAN

GETTING ONE OF OUR PREDATOR

DRONES IN THEIR POSSESSION AND

HE HAD TWO OPPORTUNITIES OR HE

DIDN'T HAVE TWO OPPORTUNITIES,

HE HAD TWO CHOICES, ACTUALLY

HE HAD THREE.

>> WHAT ARE YOU DOING, PERRY?

YOU KNOW THAT LISTING THINGS

IN THREEs IS OFF LIMITS TO

YOU.

NUMBER IN ANY FORM REALLY.

IF YOU HAVE TO LIST STUFF, DO

IT WITH LETTERS.

>> Jon: HOW DO YOU CHANGE YOUR

NARRATIVE THEN?

>> YOU DON'T, JON.

YOU EMBRACE IT.

UNFORTUNATELY ROMNEY IS NO

GOOD AT THAT.

>> THIS WAS AN OUTRAGEOUS

NUMBER TO ANSWER, AN

OUTRAGEOUS CHARGE FROM HIM.

IT'S BEEN PROVEN WRONG TIME

AND TIME AGAIN.

I SAID OKAY LET'S PUT

SOMETHING OUTRAGEOUS OUT.

IT'S LIKE SAYING, HEY, I'LL

BET YOU A MILLION BUCKS.

>> EXCEPT HE DIDN'T SAY A

MILLION BUCKS, DID HE?

HE SAID $10,000.

IF HE HAD SAID A MILLION BUCKS

HE STILL HAS 200 OF THOSE.

THERE'S NO WAY AROUND THIS,

JON.

IF HE REALLY WANTS TO SHAKE

RICK PERRY UP, HE HAS TO

EMBRACE THE RICH DOUCHE

WITHIN.

>> Jon: HOW?

HOW DOES ONE DO THAT?

>> JUST LOOK RICK PERRY IN THE

EYE AND SAY, "HEY, RICK, YOU

KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO TO

YOU?

I'M GOING TO BUY UP ALL THE

LAND AROUND YOUR FAMILY'S

HOUSE AND THEN BUILD FACTORIES

THAT LEAK ETHER INTO YOUR

WATER SUPPLY.

SURE, THE EPA WILL FIGHT IT,

RICK, BUT I'LL HIRE SO MANY

LAWYERS THAT THEY'LL BE FORCED

TO GIVE UP THE CASE OR GO

BANKRUPT.

AND THEN I'LL WALK INTO YOUR

POISONED HOUSE IN FRONT OF

YOUR CHOKING FAMILY WHO CAN'T

GET UP TO HELP US BECAUSE

THEIR GENES ARE NOW MUTATING,

THEIR LEGS CAN'T SUPPORT THEIR

WEIGHT AND I WILL STRANGLE YOU

TO DEATH.

WHY WILL I DO THIS?

BECAUSE I'M RICH, RICK.

AND THIS IS THE KIND OF (BEEP)

THAT RICH PEOPLE CAN DO."

( APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: EMBRACE IT?

>> YEAH.

AND THEN MITT ROMNEY'S GOT TO

LOOK STRAIGHT INTO THE CAMERA

AND SAY TO THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE, "VOTE FOR ME.

YOU HAVE NO (BEEP) IDEA WHAT

I'M CAPABLE OF."

>> Jon: JOHN OLIVER,

EVERYBODY.

WE'LL

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