It’s starting to look like the next Democratic Primary could look a lot like the Republican Primary did in 2016, which quite a few people seeking advice from Obama in the last couple months.
Barack Obama has met with several Democrats considering running for president in 2020, a source tells CNN, offering them advice on running in the Trump era and discussing how to position the party going forward. https://t.co/usebC1oMn9 pic.twitter.com/04UYTtaQUN
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) June 11, 2018
If you want the quick and dirty, here’s a screenshot:
Here’s more on the meetings…
POLITICO – Barack Obama has in recent months met with at least nine prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Deval Patrick, pulling them in for one-on-one sessions at his Washington office.
All the meetings were arranged quietly, without even some close advisers to the people involved being told of the conversations, in part because of how much Obama bristles at his private meetings becoming public knowledge. All have been confirmed to POLITICO by multiple people who have been briefed on the secretive sit-downs.
The meetings have been at Obama’s personal office on the third floor of the World Wildlife Fund building in D.C.’s West End neighborhood, and they show how a stream of ambitious, searching politicians are looking for guidance and support from the man who has remained the reluctant leader of the Democratic Party, eager to be involved, though not directly. He’s not making any promises of support, though, and is not expected to endorse in the 2020 race until after a nominee has emerged.
Obama so far has avoided direct conflict with President Donald Trump — save for a few public statements criticizing his moves attempting to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal, Obamacare and the protection program for Dreamers, though without naming Trump.
But Obama is concerned about how his own party is responding, and how it can be best positioned to win in the midterms and in the next presidential cycle to beat back the president and his politics.
I do hope there are a lot of Dems running in the 2020 primary, but I’m still expecting there to be a Republican primary as well in 2020 to challenge Trump. It could be an interesting election when all is said and done.