Politics & Government

McCain raises millions in Florida on fundraising tour

John McCain launched what his campaign called a ''call to action tour'' on healthcare from Miami Children's Hospital Monday, in between a half-dozen fundraisers from Coral Gables to Tampa that will rain millions of dollars on his presidential campaign.

The visit is McCain's second trip to Florida as the all-but-official nominee for the Republican Party, allowing him to get a head start in the nation's largest swing state while the Democratic contenders slug it out for another five weeks.

McCain collected about $1.5 million at a reception at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables Sunday evening. Some of his former GOP rivals' leading supporters, including Attorney General Bill McCollum, House Speaker Marco Rubio and former Florida Republican Party Chairman Al Cárdenas, attended a private pig roast with McCain. Former Gov. Jeb Bush was also a top donor at the event.

From South Florida, McCain was headed to Tampa for an evening reception with Gov. Charlie Crist. With the popular governor by his side at two eventslast month, McCain raised nearly $1.5 million and posted his best fundraising of the campaign.

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