Obama team pushing Deval Patrick presidential run

by Abel Hampton August 3, 2017, 0:15
Obama team pushing Deval Patrick presidential run

Former President Barack Obama's inner circle is encouraging Deval Patrick, a former MA governor, to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, according to Politico's Off Message podcast.

Patrick, a personal friend of Obama, is now running a new social good private equity fund, which has raised $390 million for investments in small- and medium-size companies at Bain Capital, Politico reported. If so, it wouldn't be the first time Obama has said he'd like to see Patrick in the Oval Office.

The former governor said he is focused to his current job managing Bain Capital's social impact fund, but that the support was humbling.

"I think offering an alternative vision for the future of this country and the role of government alongside the private sector, alongside philanthropy, alongside individuals exercising their free creativity, is enormously important", Patrick continued. "It's way, way too soon to be making plans for 2020", Patrick told POLITICO.

"Don't lead me down that path because it turns into something it isn't, and I don't want to go there", he said.

Patrick called Clinton "fantastic" but added: "The problem with inevitability is it's sometimes interpreted as entitlement and I think that voters want competition and they want their candidates to have to work for it". I'm just a kid from the south side of Chicago and people are speculating about such a thing.

Axelrod, who said he has discussed the idea of a possible 2020 run with Patrick, noted that the conversations have remained in the very early stages. "I have no plans to make plans".

And during Obama's 2008 run, Obama was accused of plagiarism when he gave a similar speech to Patrick's 2006 "just words" speech.

"I think if the issue is about believing in the grass roots and campaigning and governing from the grass roots, I don't think there's anybody better than that or has more experience doing that than Governor Patrick", Rubin said.

Among the Obama advisers who would like to see a President Patrick is Valerie Jarrett, who predicted during a May forum that Patrick would be the nominee in 2020.

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