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September 03, 2004
A couple post-convention thoughts
It was nice to see President Bush mention tort reform twice in his acceptance speech last night. Based on his Texas record, I do believe he's sincere about the issue, and depending on the Senate, federal-level reforms might be possible in a second term.
That said, I was disappointed to see Mel Martinez taking the stage. Of course, he's now the Senate nominee from Florida, the swing state of all swing states--and he's a Latino immigrant--so I completely understand the political impetus behind the move. But it nevertheless strikes me as incongruous to attack John Edwards's trial lawyer background on the one hand yet support a different leading trial lawyer, Martinez, on the other, as a "testament of the American Dream."
And I seriously doubt that Martinez will be a friend of tort reform in the Senate...
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Posted by James R. Copland at 03:24 PM
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