Deal, Barnes Meet in 1st Forum Since Primary

ATLANTA (AP) - Gubernatorial hopefuls Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal
split over whether the state should amend its constitution to cap pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases.

Barnes and Deal shared the stage Saturday at a forum sponsored by the Medical Association of Georgia. It's the first time they've appeared together since winning their respective party's nominations for governor. Libertarian John Monds was also on hand.

Democrat Barnes - who's tried medical malpractice cases - said he thinks jurors can generally be trusted to make good decisions but said he'd support a mechanism that would allow judges to strike down frivolous jury awards.

Deal, a Republican, said he supports a constitutional amendment and thinks voters would overwhelmingly support such a move.

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