Q: Just curious: Have you given any thought to running for U.S. Congress next time around?
A: My second term, there were some folks -- who are my enemies now -- that talked to me about filing for Congress in the 2nd District when Moore County was split in two districts. They felt that I could beat [David] Funderburk on his first time, 1992. And I looked at them at that time then and I said, "I just got to the General Assembly, and I've still got a lot to do. And besides, I don't want to go to Washington."
When I schedule appointments there, honestly, I fly up there and get there about 9 or 10 o'clock and schedule appointments midday so that I can be on a flight back at 4 o'clock. I don't like to be in Washington more than two or three days.