Report: Obama held meetings with a number of potential 2020 candidates

Former President Barack Obama has reportedly met with a number of people who are considered potential Democratic front-runners in the 2020 presidential election.

Politico, citing sources familiar with the meetings, reports they include former Vice President Joe Biden and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

The news outlet notes Biden and Obama have kept in touch since leaving office, but, in their talk, did not appear to have addressed the matter of Biden running in 2020.

Obama and Warren are said to have met twice, their first encounter following Warren’s publicly expressed concerns about Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speaking engagement.

According to Politico, Sanders reportedly requested his meeting with the former president, and sources say the two talked about “what the party should be focused on, and what would be distractions.”

According to a recent poll, Biden, Warren, and Sanders are the three potential hopefuls preferred by voters in New Hampshire, a state often regarded as a predictor of ultimate outcomes.

Though candidacies have yet to be announced, a survey conducted by Suffolk University in late April shows Warren ahead with 26 percent.

She is followed by Biden and Sanders at 20 percent and 13 percent respectively.