Bernie Sanders, President Obama meet

President Obama and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders talked foreign policy, the economy and “a little bit of politics,” Sanders said Wednesday after they met at the White House.

Sanders said after the meeting that Obama has been “even handed” in his treatment of candidates vying to replace him, and he showed no interest in trying to dispel that view.

“We have got to do a lot better to protect the middle class and working families,” Sanders said. “But it’s also important to remember how far we’ve come in the last seven years.”

The White House said the president considered the 45-minute meeting a chance to talk broadly about the 2016 race.

The meeting was a moment for the president to display public neutrality in the tight primary race to replace him — refuting suggestions that he’s rooting for Sanders’ rival Hillary Clinton. Sanders said with a laugh that he didn’t directly ask for Obama’s endorsement.

Associated Press