[JURIST] With Democratic candidate John Kerry opening a recent lead in Pennsylvania according to recent polls, President Bush is making trial lawyers a target of his campaign in the battleground state. The Bush campaign is airing a series of television and radio spots beginning this weekend in the Philadelphia media that cite excessive damage awards and frivolous lawsuits as the reason for increases in medical malpractice premiums. Attorneys fired back Monday, accusing the president of using them as a scapegoat while pandering to corporate donors to his campaign in the insurance, health care and pharmaceuticals industries. The Legal Intelligencer has more. The Bush-Cheney campaign website outlines the trial lawyers ad now running in a press release. Watch a national version of the ad here.