Obama: Rubio 'running away' from immigration reform
 
 
"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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Responding to questions about the GOP’s presidential candidates, Obama said they all hold extreme positions, though Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally 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 CruzPat Fallon wins GOP nomination in race to succeed DNI Ratcliffe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline Wary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker 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.