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

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. 

But he ultimately fell to Republican Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisAndrew Gillum met with Obama during DC visit: report Rick Scott delays Senate swearing-in ceremony Overnight Energy: Trump adviser Kudlow seeks end to electric car, renewable energy credits | Shell to pay execs based on carbon reduction | Justices reject greens’ border wall lawsuit MORE, a former congressman and loyal supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNapolitano: Trump Jr. thinks he will be indicted by Mueller Dems cry foul in undecided N.C. race On The Money: Trump touts China actions day after stock slide | China ‘confident’ on new trade deal | GM chief meets lawmakers to calm anger over cuts | Huawei CFO arrested 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 WarrenTrade with China isn’t working out. Here’s how to fix it Andrew Gillum met with Obama during DC visit: report Deval Patrick telling staff he’ll pass on 2020 White House bid: report MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersAndrew Gillum met with Obama during DC visit: report Deval Patrick telling staff he’ll pass on 2020 White House bid: report The Hill’s Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — What the Michael Flynn news means MORE (I-Vt.). 

Rep. Beto O’RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O’RourkeAndrew Gillum met with Obama during DC visit: report Stacey Abrams says she may run for Senate or governor in coming years Biden: ‘I think I am the most qualified person in the country to be president’ 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.

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