A pair of Democratic vice presidential candidates are meeting in D.C. on Thursday to discuss how to bring a sense of commonality to a crowded presidential race.
The candidates will be joined by Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Adam Schiff, former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
It is the second meeting between Biden and the candidates, which occurred this week when Biden announced he would not run for president.
Biden is running in the Democratic primary against Democratic challenger Joe Biden, who is seeking his second term in the White House.
The Biden-Sanders meeting comes as the DNC prepares to begin organizing the Democratic National Convention, which is set to be held in Philadelphia in July.
Wasserman Schultz said she had asked Biden to join the party, which would allow Biden to continue his advocacy work as a member of the House of Representatives.
She said she wanted Biden to meet with party leaders to discuss the party’s agenda and to ask them how they plan to use the convention to advance their agenda.
“The DNC is a political party, and the way I’ve always seen it is that we’ve got to find the best ways to elect people, and then we’ve also got to have a conversation about how we can elect more of our leaders, because we have so many in Congress who are not going to vote for Hillary,” Wasserman Schultz said.
Biden and Sanders have had an adversarial relationship in recent months, with Biden saying Sanders’ campaign is trying to “steal” the Democratic nomination in order to “further the Clinton agenda.”
Bidens campaign has accused Sanders of being a “dissident” in the party.
Biden and Clinton have had a rocky relationship in the past, as Biden tried to use his status as a Biden loyalist to pressure Clinton to drop out of the race.
“I think the DNC is going to do a great job,” Biden said.
“They’ve got a lot of people they need to get on board.
But it’s not just the DNC.
The entire Democratic Party is going into the convention with a great platform, with a lot to be excited about.”
Sanders has called Biden “a phony Democrat” and said he is a “corporate raider” who is “the worst thing that ever happened to America.”
Biden, a Democrat who ran for president twice, won the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, but lost to Clinton in the general election.