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George W. Bush to headline Rick Scott fundraiser in Palm Beach

The former president is helping a handful of Republicans in battlegrounds with hopes of keeping the Senate.
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CAPTION:   (05/01/2007Tampa) President George W. Bush works the line on the tarmac of MacDill Air Force Base shortly before departing from the base aboard Air Force One. Bush visited US Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill on May 1, 2007.  EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times 



SUMMARY: Photographs of President George W. Bush visiting CENTCOM/US Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base south of Tampa on May 1, 2007. EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times
TP_265993_FOUN_PRESIDENT_8 CAPTION: (05/01/2007Tampa) President George W. Bush works the line on the tarmac of MacDill Air Force Base shortly before departing from the base aboard Air Force One. Bush visited US Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill on May 1, 2007. EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times SUMMARY: Photographs of President George W. Bush visiting CENTCOM/US Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base south of Tampa on May 1, 2007. EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times
Published Sep. 12, 2018

A Republican president is coming to Florida to help Gov. Rick Scott's Senate campaign, but it's not Donald Trump.

Former President George W. Bush is holding a fundraiser for Scott in Palm Beach on Friday, according to an invitation to the event obtained by the Tampa Bay Times. The suggested donation to attend is $1,000. For $25,000, prospective donors can "chair" the event.

Politico first reported the Bush's expected appearance in the Sunshine State on Tuesday. According to the news outlet, the event is one of several Bush is holding for Republicans in important battlegrounds. Florida is one of a handful of states that could decide who controls the Senate in 2019.

Scott is in a tight battle against Sen. Bill Nelson. The most recent polls show the race is neck and neck, with relatively few voters undecided.

"While he prefers to consider himself retired from politics, President Bush recognizes how important it is to keep the Senate and decided to help a few key candidates," said Freddy Ford, a Bush spokesman, told Politico.

Here's the invitation.

Invitation to attend fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott featuring former President George W. Bush.
Invitation to attend fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott featuring former President George W. Bush.