In a long story in today’s Washington Post, Rep. Raul Labrador says he’s hoping for a face-to-face with President Obama and says he’s convinced skeptical constituents that reform is good for the Republican Party and the country.
“I think this is something they can live with,” Labrador told reporter Rosalind Helderman, who trailed Labrador to Idaho last week. “I think the party’s ready for this. We just need visionary leaders who can explain it.”
Helderman likens Labrador to a House version of superstar Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio on the immigration issue and Labrador accepts the mantle, saying, “I just don’t think there’s a better person or voice in the House right now to deal with this issue.”
Labrador doesn’t yet have a meeting with Obama, but Helderman writes, “the White House responded to his inquiry almost immediately and offered him a session with a policy staff member working on immigration. He views the response as a good start.”