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Notebook: Obama remains optimistic for immigration reform

obama: reform for immigration not out of reach

WESTON, Mass. — Vowing not to give up on an overhaul of immigration, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he "fundamentally rejects" the notion that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's defeat means that tackling immigration legislation is now out of reach.

"It's interesting to listen to the pundits and the analysts, and some conventional wisdom talks about how the politics of immigration reform seem impossible now," Obama told about 40 big-dollar donors in this Boston suburb. "I fundamentally reject that and I will tell the speaker of the House he needs to reject it."

Praise for Cantor as tea party celebrates

WASHINGTON — Republican tea party forces rejoiced and the party establishment was somber in the wake of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat at the hands of political neophyte David Brat.

Speaker John Boehner praised Cantor as "a good friend and a great leader, and someone I've come to rely upon on a daily basis" in a statement that steered clear of the issue that Brat put at the center of his campaign and has divided the party for years. Brat and his tea party supporters were triumphant. But as he looked ahead to the November's election, Brat declined to spell out policy specifics.

Clinton criticizes Brat's campaign

CHICACO — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor "was defeated by a candidate who basically ran against immigrants."

In Chicago to promote her new book, the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said a "negative attitude about immigration and immigrants" is playing out politically in some parts of the country, including Cantor's GOP primary.

Notebook: Obama remains optimistic for immigration reform 06/11/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:03pm]
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