Obama Has Reportedly Upset Joe Biden by Consorting with Potential 2020 Opponents

Former President Barack Obama has been reportedly upsetting his two-time running-mate Joe Biden as he meets with other potential Democratic presidential candidates.

Obama has been sitting down with prospective Democrats over the past few months as the party searches for a strong challenger to emerge to face President Donald Trump in 2020.

He met with Biden as early on as June to discuss his presidential ambitions, Politico reported.

In addition to his former VP, Obama has had one-on-one meetings with a host of other possible contenders including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and losing Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.

He also notably met with Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke shortly after his defeat to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz — only a week later, O’Rourke publicly revealed that he was considering a presidential run despite consistently claiming that he definitely would not be running for president.

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Biden has not yet officially announced his candidacy, but he reignited speculation in December when he referred to himself as the “most qualified person” to take on Trump.

“I’ll be as straight with you as I can. I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president,” Biden said.

“The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my whole life.”

Biden, a close ally to Obama, is reportedly displeased that the former president is so inclined to talk to his potential primary challengers while he is still mulling over his own presidential run, according to Vanity Fair.

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Obama has not yet endorsed any 2020 candidate and is not expected to do so in the near future.

The meetings are reported to be more of a sounding board rather than a blueprint.

However, a spokesman for Biden denied the accusation, telling Vanity Fair the report is “unequivocally false. Period.”

Regardless, he refused to comment on how Biden feels about Obama’s discussion with other Democrats.

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