Patrick in 2020? Former Gov. Deval Partick talks politics

Elias Hubbard
August 2, 2017

Elected in 2006, Patrick became the first African-American governor of MA.

In a story posted Tuesday, Politico reported that former President Barack Obama has encouraged Patrick to think about a presidential bid, and said the former president's advisors Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod have also spoken to Patrick about the idea.

Patrick has not indicated that he will be running, but he hasn't denied it outright.

"The center of gravity would really shift in his direction in Obamaworld if he were to decide to run", said another former official from Obama's White House tenure, according to Politico.

Since Patrick's two terms as governor of MA ended in 2015, he's largely stayed out of the political spotlight and is now employed at Bain Capital.

The Republican National Committee, however, said that the fact Patrick's name is even being mentioned "further highlights that they are a leaderless party from top to bottom".

"I'm trying to think about how to be helpful, because I care about the country, and I'm a patriot first", Patrick told Politico. "It's way, way too soon to be making plans for 2020".

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden lobbied McCain on healthcare vote: report Katie Couric to leave Yahoo News as global anchor Biden thanks GOP healthcare bill opponents after skinny ObamaCare repeal failure MORE in May polled as the most favored potential Democratic candidate to run against Trump in 2020. "I think there is a risk both domestically, and internationally for that matter, that we'll begin to tune him out".

Jarrett, who named Patrick as her pick for the 2020 Democratic nominee at a hedge fund conference in May, told Politico that she believes he "has the ability to touch people's hearts as well as their minds".

Politico noted that Patrick first ran for governor following the 2004 presidential campaign, "feeling that it was his time to step up".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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