ATLANTA (AP) - John McCain swept into Atlanta this evening and scooped up 1.75 million dollars for the Republican Party and his own presidential campaign.
Many of Georgia's GOP bigwigs were on hand for the fundraiser, including senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson and Governor
Ralph Reed, whose ties to a Washington lobbying scandal McCain investigated and who nonetheless sent out a fundraising e-mail on McCain's behalf, was nowhere to be seen.
McCain repeated his calls for offshore drilling to address the nation's energy crisis and urged Congress to come back to Washington to address the nation's fuel woes.
The Arizona senator also spoke of the nation of Georgia, which is locked in a conflict with Russia. He likened the struggle between Russia and Georgia to the challenges faced by the West during the Cold War.
Perdue said the stakes are high in this year's presidential contest against Democrat Barack Obama. He praised McCain's performance in a family values forum Saturday hosted by a popular evangelical pastor and said the contrast with Obama was clear.
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