Obama meets with possible 2020 presidential contenders: report

Former President Obama has been privately meeting with possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, Politico reported Monday.

Obama has reportedly held one-on-one sessions with at least nine candidates in his Washington, D.C., office over the past few months, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenGiuliani doubles down on Biden comments: 'I meant that he’s dumb' Meghan McCain shreds Giuliani for calling Biden a 'mentally deficient idiot' Dems say Obama return from sidelines is overdue MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders If Congress takes no action, the Social Security trust fund will become depleted in 2034 Ex-campaign manager: Sanders is still eying another presidential bid DNC chair backing plan to cut superdelegates opposed by Dem lawmakers MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump to nominate budget official as next consumer bureau chief Sessions floats federal law that would protect states that decriminalize marijuana Bank regulator faces backlash over comments on racism MORE (D-Mass.), and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D).

Obama’s office declined to comment to Politico.

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“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 told Politico.

Sanders reportedly requested his meeting with Obama, which was held in March. The two men discussed the future of the Democratic Party. Politico reports the pair did not specifically discuss if Sanders would run in 2020.

And Politico reported that Obama has remained in close contact with Biden in the months since the pair left office, with the two meeting in-person in January.

Biden is expected to make an announcement about a possible presidential bid after the midterm elections in November.

Obama has remained relatively quiet in the months since he left office. He hit the campaign trail for some Democratic candidates last year and will headline his first Democratic National Committee fundraiser of the year later this month.

Despite Obama stepping back since leaving office, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump knocks Schumer, touts North Korea summit in early morning tweet Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems want answers on DOJ ObamaCare decision The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump, Kim make history with summit MORE (D-NY) said he expects the former president to be visible during the midterms.