Capitol Hill

Comparing presidential issues

As mentioned in previous columns this year, NRCA's political action committee, ROOFPAC, has given to President Bush's campaign by contributing $5,000, the maximum amount permitted under campaign finance law. Although there are many reasons to support candidates, the decision to support the Bush-Cheney campaign rather than Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and vice presidential nominee Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina was based on the administration's positions on issues important to NRCA.

Tort reform

For example, NRCA strongly supports tort reform to curb frivolous lawsuits that needlessly drive up insurance costs. President Bush signed tort reform legislation into law as governor of Texas and, as president, repeatedly has urged Congress to pass tort reform legislation addressing such issues as class-action lawsuits, medical malpractice litigation and asbestos litigation.

Kerry has not supported tort reform legislation. The Washington Times reports lawyers and law firms contributed twice as much to Kerry's campaign than any other interest group and contributed almost 12 times as much as the next largest group of contributors to Edwards' campaign. During his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Kerry made no mention of lawsuit abuse as being a problem in the United States.