Former President Obama has more than his recent deal with Netflix on his mind. It has been reported that he has been privately meeting with possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
The former president has apparently held one-on-one sessions with at least nine candidates in his D.C. office over the past few months. Meetings have been document with former Vice President Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D).
The former president’s office has declined to comment about the meetings.
“The president was generous with his time and advice, and he was excited to talk about the future,” one individual with knowledge of the meetings said.
Bernie Sanders Asked for Meeting with Obama
Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reportedly asked for his meeting with Obama, it was held in March. The two men discussed the future of the Democratic Party. It was not concluded whether the two men talked about whether or not Sanders would actually run in 2020.
Obama has remained in close contact with his former vice president, Joe Biden, since they both left office. The two met in person in January. Biden is expected to make an announcement about his decision to run after the 2018 midterms.
The former president has kept primarily out of the public eye in the months since leaving the White House. He did hit the campaign trail for some Democratic candidates last year. He will headline his first Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser of the year later this month.
Schumer Expects Obama to Be Visible
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said that he expects Obama to be visible during the 2018 midterm elections.
It will be interesting to see who Obama ultimately supports for the 2020 election and how strong his influence will be with voters.