Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday called on House Republicans to pass immigration reform and said that the GOP needs to pass immigration reform to fulfill any hopes of winning a national election.
"States like mine, over time, the demographics will overtake, not only mine but throughout the whole Southwest and many other parts of the country," he said on CNN's "State of the Union," reiterating his belief that Republicans need to embrace reform in order to win over Hispanic voters.
"I would urge my house colleagues to consider whatever way they want to pursue to try to address this issue because it's going to have to be addressed," he said.
McCain is optimistic about immigration reform's chances this year, and he warned that the issue cannot wait until 2015 when Republicans are competing in primary races.
"I won't give up," he said. "We have the broadest coalition of support of any legislation I've ever been involved in."