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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.

Monday, October 10, 2011

A more seasoned McCrory preps for 2nd NC gov's bid

WILMINGTON, NC (By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press) - Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, who arrived on the political stage in 1989 as a relatively unknown city council candidate, lamented to a crowd recently about how he's about to reach a milestone - he turns 55 this month.

"I'm qualifying for discount movies," McCrory quipped to about 125 women as he gave a luncheon talk at a riverfront Wilmington hotel. "It's very disturbing - very disturbing - to me."

Like his physical age, McCrory is no longer the newcomer to statewide North Carolina politics. Already tested in a bruising campaign against Democrat Beverly Perdue in 2008 that ended with her narrow victory, the Republican has remained in the political spotlight while preparing for what's now an all-but-certain repeat bid for governor.


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