St. Paul – The combination of election year politics and more hard-hitting hurricanes is pushing bipartisan support for a National Catastrophic Insurance Fund into the forefront. As Floridians and other coastal residents took to higher ground in anticipation of several tropical storms headed their way, the GOP touted a plank in the party's platform this week that calls for a ''natural disaster insurance policy''—a provision opposed by GOP presidential nominee John McCain.

Republicans in Florida said the move signals the party’s support for a federal insurance backstop, which has been a priority for Floridians since Hurricane Andrew hit the state in 1992.

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