Andrew Gillum met with Obama during DC visit: report

Andrew Gillum, who emerged as a fresh face in Democratic politics during his unsuccessful bid for Florida governor this year, met with former President Obama on Tuesday, according to CNN

The reported meeting is likely to fuel speculation that Gillum, who was in Washington, D.C., to speak at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, could mount a run for the White House in 2020.

Obama has met with a handful of potential 2020 Democratic contenders at his post-presidential office in the city's Foggy Bottom neighborhood, signaling that he may be playing a role in vetting those who are hoping to claim the party's nomination.

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Gillum, who describes himself as an "unapologetic progressive," notched a come-from-behind win in Florida's Democratic gubernatorial primary earlier this year, beating out a field of more moderate — and better-funded — candidates. 

But he ultimately fell to Republican Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida public schools will be required to provide mental health education for students To win over Midwesterners, Democrats should rethink school choice stance DeSantis wants statue of civil rights activist to replace Confederate figure on Capitol Hill MORE, a former congressman and loyal supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE, in the general election last month after a state-mandated recount showed him trailing by fewer than 33,000 votes. 

Obama endorsed Gillum during his gubernatorial bid and at one point travelled to the state to stump for him.

Still, his bid for the governor's mansion catapulted him to national prominence among Democrats, stirring chatter that he could be weighing a run for higher office.

Gillum hasn't ruled out the possibility of a presidential bid in 2020. Asked on Tuesday about the possibility of a White House run, Gillum told CNN: “I plan on being married to my wife. That is all I am planning."

Democrats are expected to see a crowded field of 2020 contenders. A number of would-be candidates have indicated that they're considering runs, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren warns another 'economic crash' is coming The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie Sanders'Medicare for All': The hype v. Maryland's reality Biden says he supports paying campaign staff minimum wage Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll MORE (I-Vt.). 

Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll New CBS poll shows Biden with 7-point lead in New Hampshire Ted Cruz: Trump's chances of winning reelection are '50-50' MORE (D-Texas), who, like Gillum, gained Democratic celebrity status during his unsuccessful run for Senate in Texas, has also left the door open to a potential White House run. 

The Washington Post reported this week that O'Rourke met with Obama in November. Warren and Sanders have also met with the former president, who has played an increasingly active role in Democratic politics in recent months.