As political gaffes go, Mitt Romney's $10,000 "bet" may not be such a big deal.
In the latest Republican presidential debate on Saturday night, the former Massachusetts governor offered to wager Texas Gov. Rick Perry $10,000 over whether Romney had ever favored a national plan to require individuals to buy health insurance. Pundits and Democrats jumped on the wager as a mistake that reminded everyone that Romney is a millionaire many times over. The critics said Romney seemed insensitive to everyday Americans who can't afford to be so cavalier with their money.
All this could hurt Romney's image, especially when magnified by the media and the Democrats. But when compared with other debate gaffes in the past, his error may be seen as minor league: