Obama Secretly Meeting With Potential 2020 Candidates

Obama meeting with 2020 hopefuls

Former President Barack Obama has privately met with at least nine possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidates over the past few months, Politico reported on Monday.

The details of the meetings were not released but Politico reported the attendees discussed the future of the Democratic party before the 2018 mid-terms and 2020 presidential elections. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former Vice President Joe Biden, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D), former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D), former Missouri Senate candidate Jason Kander (D), and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D).

Obama has said he doesn't intend to endorse any candidates until after one emerges as the Democratic nominee. Kamala Harris, New York Sen.

Obama met with Warren twice since leaving office, first to discuss a payment the former president was receiving to speak at a Wall Street investment firm and, at the second meeting, to discuss President Trump in April. Instead, the source said, Obama spends "much more time on how to respond to the President, positioning and broader challenges with the party".

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Most meetings have taken place quietly at Obama's D.C. office - save for Garcetti - and most have lasted for an hour or more and touched on wide-ranging issues germane to the candidate and the party, Politico reports. For example, Obama has kept up a personal relationship with Biden, his former vice president, and Holder, who regularly gets Obama's advice on the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. Obama has even had conversations with Republicans including John McCain and Trump critic Jeff Flake.

In his meeting with Sanders, Obama and the Vermont Senator discussed their different visions of the Democratic Party's future, reportedly debating the gaps between idealism and practicality.

Obama and Biden, still very close friends, have been in frequent contact, though Biden is reportedly holding his 2020 decision until after the 2018 midterms.

Deval Patrick, Barack Obama's long-time personal friend and former MA governor, has also been eyeing the 2020 presidential race.

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