McCain, Graham report ‘excellent’ meeting with Obama on immigration

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham said they had an “excellent” meeting on Tuesday with President Obama and Vice President Biden on immigration reform.

The two senators traveled to the White House to talk about the renewed push for an immigration overhaul in Congress, and said they liked what they heard from Obama.

"We had an excellent meeting with the president and the vice president this afternoon during which we discussed a variety of issues, including our effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year," McCain and Graham said in a joint statement.  "We were pleased to hear the president state his firm commitment that he will do whatever is necessary to accomplish this important goal."

The senators did not elaborate on what was discussed.

Obama invited McCain and Graham to the White House as part of an increased outreach to key lawmakers on immigration.

The two senators, along with two other Republican senators and four other Democrats, unveiled a framework for immigration reform in late January.

The president called the four Republican senators involved in the effort last week after a draft immigration plan from the White House leaked to the press.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and other Republicans involved in the bipartisan group accused Obama of deliberately undermining their efforts by leaking the plan, which the White House denied.