Obama: Rubio 'running away' from immigration reform
 
President Obama on Tuesday said Republican presidential candidate Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump faces difficult balancing act with reelection campaign Republicans wary of US action on Iran California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth 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.
 
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"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 CruzGOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan NRA says Trump administration memo a 'non-starter' Barr fails to persuade Cruz on expanded background checks 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.