A pair of heavyweights–Insurance Information Institute President Robert P. Hartwig and Consumer Federation of America Insurance Director J. Robert Hunter–battled it out over Hurricane Katrina claims, insurer profitability, federal terrorism reinsurance and other controversies in a five-round online debate today, the main event in the National Underwriter Company’s first virtual conference.

The two seasoned combatants in “The Battle Of The Bobs”–who regularly clash indirectly in the media and in Congressional testimony whenever the industry is embroiled in a political crisis–took their best shots in a one-on-one debate moderated by this reporter.

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