Obama: Rubio 'running away' from immigration reform
President Obama on Tuesday said Republican presidential candidate Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence 'give me hope' Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were 'actors' MORE is "running away" from his 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill.
"You've got a candidate who sponsored a bill that I supported to finally solve the immigration problem, and he's running away from it as fast as he can," Obama said.
Responding to questions about the GOP’s presidential candidates, Obama said they all hold extreme positions, though Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE expresses them in "more interesting" ways.
"He may express strong anti-immigration sentiment, but you've heard that from the other candidates as well," Obama said of Trump.
Rubio, a Florida senator, was part of the bipartisan Gang of Eight who sponsored the 2013 bill. It cleared the Senate, but was never brought up for a vote in the House.
Rubio's participation in the immigration bill has made him a target of other GOP candidates. Rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE, also a senator, has referred to the bill as "the Rubio-Schumer Gang of Eight bill" and argued it called for amnesty. 
Rubio said last week that the bill was "never intended to become law" but rather to be made "even better" by conservative members of the House.