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Rubio reconnects with tea party activists

ERICA WERNER and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 11, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 11, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is renewing his outreach to tea party supporters and his advocacy for Republican causes as he struggles to repair his image as a conservative standard-bearer. The shift comes after the potential 2016 presidential candidate pushed the Senate to approve an immigration overhaul that’s been panned by some on the right who could be crucial to his future.

Rubio is joining conservative activists Tuesday at a meeting of the Senate’s tea party caucus, putting him in a room with representatives of grassroots groups that helped fuel his election to the Senate in 2010.

He is considered a formidable candidate in 2016 if he seeks the White House. He spent months advocating for comprehensive immigration reform but has been mostly quiet since the process moved to the House.

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