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.
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 DeSantisRon DeSantisA newspaper crosses an uncrossable line to 'punish' a class of Americans Officials say starving manatees in Florida have begun to consume emergency lettuce Trans rights under attack: The persecution should stop now MORE, a former congressman and loyal supporter of President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' On student loans, Biden doesn't have an answer yet Grill company apologizes after sending meatloaf recipe on same day of rock star's death 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 WarrenArizona Democratic Party executive board censures Sinema Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion Filibuster becomes new litmus test for Democrats Gallego says he's been approached about challenging Sinema MORE (I-Vt.).
Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke says he raised record .2M since launching campaign for Texas governor Eleven interesting races to watch in 2022 Cruz bullish on his 2024 chances: 'The runner-up is almost always the next nominee' 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.