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 D.C. office over the past few months, including former Vice President Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D).
Obama’s office declined to comment to Politico.
“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.