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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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Democrats pursue Bowles for governor's race

(BY ROB CHRISTENSEN, NewsObserver.com) - When Erskine Bowles left the presidency of the University of North Carolina last year, he ruled out a future in elective politics.

"I have empirical data that I was a terrible politician," he said, referring to his two unsuccessful runs for U.S. Senate.

But despite Bowles' self-assessment, Democrats launched a major lobbying effort to get him to run for governor after Gov. Bev Perdue said last week she would not run for re-election.

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