Andrew Gillum met with Obama during DC visit: report – The Hill
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.
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.”
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.
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