Rubio keeps distance from August push for immigration reform

“He’s consistently said that the House should be given the time and space to pass their own reforms, and that he won’t be part of any effort to put pressure on House Republicans,” said Alex Conant, a spokesman for Rubio.

Other members of the Gang of Eight, however, have waged an August pressure campaign on House Republicans who are reluctant to take up the issue.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) urged constituents at a town hall meeting in Tucson last week to spur Arizona’s House delegation to support immigration reform. The Republican members of the delegation oppose overhauling the nation’s immigration laws in a comprehensive bill…

Conant, Rubio’s spokesman, said immigration reform has come up at meetings with conservative activists but people who attended say Rubio didn’t bring up the touchy subject himself.

“He only addressed immigration when it came up as a question from the audience, so it obviously was not something he planned to talk about,” said Alex Patton, a Republican political consultant who attended a recent meeting with Rubio in Gainesville, Florida.