Via The Hill:
Authors of a Senate immigration reform bill say they do not want President Obama to play a more active role in pushing the legislation.
Members of the Gang of Eight said they are content to have Obama keep his distance as they scrounge for Republican votes.
“I think he’s played the right role so far — the outside cheerleader, if you want to call it that — that’s been I think useful and effective,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), one of the bill’s authors, told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor. “As a Republican, it would be more difficult were he out front and pushing this issue.”
Obama has kept close tabs on the Senate bill’s progress, but he has played a restrained role in putting public pressure on lawmakers to vote for it.
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