Obama Meeting with 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

Deval Patrick

Deval Patrick

Obama, meanwhile, is not giving potential candidates advice, but is trying to figure out what strategy might work for Democrats with Donald Trump in the White House.

The sit-downs have been casual, according to the sources, focusing mainly on how the potential candidates should counteract and respond to President Trump's combative rhetoric. Potential candidates including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Deval Patrick have had one-on-one sitdowns with the former president at his Washington office in recent months, though, sources say, the subject of the 2020 race hasn't come up in numerous conversations. Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand or former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Politico reports.

Obama is reportedly very much interested in helping the Democrats rebuild the party.

Sources who were briefed on the meetings told the news agency that Sanders requested the sit-down personally.

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As of Monday, the sources said, Obama had met with Sen.

Per Politico, Obama met Warren in April, when they reminisced and discussed the Trump presidency. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Chris Coons of Delaware.

The meetings reportedly tend to be long and varied, as the former President weighs in on everything from philosophy and ideology to logistics and messaging. The first meeting happened in spring 2017 after Warren said she was "troubled" by the $400,000 fee Obama received for a speech.

Biden is expected to make an announcement about a possible presidential bid after the midterm elections in November. The former President headlined a California fundraiser for Missouri Sen. Obama for his part "doesn't see himself as the person to come up with the plan, people who know about the meetings say, but he is eager to be a sounding board and counselor to the Democrats he sees as playing a role in shaping the party's future", according to Politico.

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