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Obama Still Plans to Fight for Immigration Reform, Urges Midterm Participation

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 03:35:37 +0000

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea that Rep. Eric Cantor's primary loss on Tuesday meant the death of immigration reform in 2014.

"It is interesting to listen to the pundits and the analysts and some of the conventional wisdom talks about how the politics of immigration reform seem impossible now," the president said. Obama did not mention Cantor by name, but at a fundraiser for Democratic donors in Boston, he insisted that he "fundamentally rejects" the idea that immigration reform can't be achieved this year.

"If you think because of politics, you want to maintain a status quo that is broken," Obama told donors, "you don't belong in Washington." He also asked the donors to help rouse greater Democratic participation in the midterms.

"Democrats have one congenital disease," the president said, "and that is that we don't vote in midterms."

Earlier in the day, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that Cantor's loss provided "some evidence to indicate that the strategy of opposing nearly everything and supporting hardly anything is not just a bad governing strategy, it is not a very good political strategy either.”

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