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December 11, 2011

Romney Recalls More Austere Times

Mitt Romney, facing blistering criticism for trying to make a $10,000 bet with Rick Perry during last night's debate, said he lived on a small budget when he was a Mormon missionary in France, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Romney claimed to live on no more than $110 a month -- the equivalent of $500 or $600 in today's dollars -- "stretching those dollars to cover food, clothing and rent over two and a half years in France. He lived in a series of apartments with little or no plumbing or amenities like refrigeration."

Said Romney: "You're not living high on the hog at that level. A number of the apartments that I lived in when I was there didn't have toilets - we had instead the little pads on the ground - OK, you know how that works, pull - there was a chain behind you with kind of a bucket, bucket affair. I had not experienced one of those in the United States."


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