Former President Obama has been privately meeting with possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, Politico reported Monday.
Rather, Obama is eager to discuss the Democratic Party's prospects in both the midterms and the 2020 election and how those prospects can be improved in order to push back against President Trump and his policies, and is looking to act as a "sounding board" for those likely to play a large role in the party's future.
According to Politico, Obama has met with a handful of potential candidates in his D.C. office. Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand or former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Politico reports.
For a few months, rumors about the DNC already preparing for the 2020 presidential run have been circulating.
Sources who were briefed on the meetings told the news agency that Sanders requested the sit-down personally.
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Obama has also met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about the future of the party and Congress and has also spent time with Sens.
Obama has also had conversations with several Republicans, namely the ailing Arizona Sen.
Some of the interactions are spurred by 2020 contenders reaching out to Obama, while others are part of ongoing personal relationships he has with prospective candidates.
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