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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Obama declines to commit to debate in North Carolina

He says he has had 21 debates already with Clinton

RALEIGH (Winston-Salem Journal) -
Sen. Barack Obama, after accusing Sen. Hillary Clinton of "playing gotcha games," declined yesterday to commit to a debate in North Carolina before the state's May 6 primary.

"We're trying to figure out what our schedule looks like, but I'll be honest with you, we've now had 21" debates, Obama said in response to an audience member's question at a rally at the state fairgrounds.

Clinton has agreed to a debate proposed for April 27 in Raleigh. Over the past three days, Gov. Mike Easley, former Gov. Jim Hunt and Democratic leaders of the state legislature have sent letters to Obama urging him to agree to the debate.


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