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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, December 12, 2011

Rick Perry: Mitt Romney’s $10,000 Bet Was ‘Out of Touch’

DES MOINES (By Arlette Saenz, ABC News) – Rick Perry may have turned down the $10,000 bet laid out by Mitt Romney Saturday night, but the Texas governor did not miss an opportunity to criticize him for it, characterizing the Massachusetts governor’s challenge as “out of touch” with the American people during a morning show interview today.

“I was taken a little aback. Driving out to the station this morning, I’m pretty sure I didn’t drive by a house that anyone in Iowa would even think about that a $10,000 bet was even possible, so a little out of touch with the normal Iowa citizen,” Perry said during an interview on Fox News Sunday.

In the ABC News/Yahoo! Debate Saturday night, Romney extended a wager to the Texas governor that his claim that Romney suggested his Massachusetts healthcare plan should be a model for the country, an assertion Perry repeated Sunday morning.

“A $10,000 bet’s not going to cover that,” said Perry.


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