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Obama Cites His Tort Reform Credentials

Walter signed us to a second, 10-day contract, so here we are again. One more contract and he has to keep us on the roster for the rest of the season.

Sen. Barack Obama appeared on Fox News Sunday today (after weeks of digging from Fox for declining the program's invitations). Relevant passage from his interview with Chris Wallace (transcript): "WALLACE: "And so people say, do you really want a partnership with Republicans or do you really want unconditional surrender from them?" OBAMA: "No, look, I think this is fair. I would point out, though, for example, that when I voted for a tort reform measure that was fiercely opposed by the trial lawyers, I got attacked pretty hard from the left." He's no doubt referring to his February 2005 vote for S. 5, the Class Action Fairness Act, which passed 76-26. Ted Frank analyzed Obama's CAFA vote and tort reform record in this December 2006 post, concluding, "As a reform supporter, I'm far from convinced that this makes him someone willing to cross the plaintiffs' bar." Senator Clinton voted no.

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Rafael Mangual
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Manhattan Institute


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