O’Rourke, Gillum meet with Obama, sparking 2020 rumorsDecember 6, 2018
Rising Democratic stars Beto O’ Rourke and Andrew Gillum have both met with President Obama recently — fueling speculation about possible 2020 presidential runs, according to reports.
Gillum, who was narrowly defeated in a race for governor of Florida, spoke with Obama in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, according to CNN.
Obama had supported the former Tallahassee mayor’s failed run to become the first African-American governor of the Sunshine State.
Gillum was in DC Tuesday to speak at a conference on civil rights.
“What I am committed to doing between now and 2020 is doing everything I can to make the state of Florida available and winnable for the Democratic nominee for president,” Gillum said at the conference, according to the cable network.
O’Rourke, who mounted a substantial challenge against GOP Senator Ted Cruz in Texas, met with Obama last month, according to The Washington Post.
The Texas congressman managed to break fundraising records during his unlikely bid for the Senate.
Both politicians met with the former president as the Democratic party searches for fresh faces who can connect to suburban and middle-class voters.
The 2016 presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, lost key battleground states that were expected to vote Democratic.
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