Obama Wants Deval Patrick To Run For President

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 1, 2017

Although former Gov. Deval Patrick has largely stayed out of politics since leaving Beacon Hill, several close allies of former President Barack Obama are reportedly urging the Massachusetts Democrat to make a 2020 White House run.

According to a cover story on Politico Magazine Tuesday morning, the former MA governor is their number one choice.

Patrick as president is what "my heart desires", according to Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett in Politico.

However, Patrick told Politico he's not thinking that far ahead yet.

Patrick, however, has repeatedly shot down speculation that he's now eyeing a presidential run, contending that it's too soon after the last election to talk of 2020.

Patrick's former deputy chief of staff, David Simas, who also served as Obama's political director in the White House, has encouraged Patrick to seriously consider running in 2020.

"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.

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

Patrick's former campaign manager John Walsh echoed Patrick's statements, saying he has no plans to run.

However, Patrick does have some criticism for President Donald Trump.

Patrick and Obama have both endorsed and offered advice to each other in their respective runs for office, and Patrick remains the only politician on the board of the Obama Foundation.

So what does Patrick himself have to say about the matter?

"The president, I believe, is at risk of diminishing the voice of the presidency because he pops off so often, and so, kind of, carelessly", Patrick said in the interview. "We have done it in the past, and we can do it again", he said on the podcast.

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