Former President Barack Obama is “nudging” former Masssachusetts Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick to run for president in 2020 against President Donald Trump, according to Politico.
Patrick was also the topic of some early 2016 presidential chatter. When he visited West Palm Beach in 2014 to campaign for Charlie Crist‘s gubernatorial bid, Patrick told The Palm Beach Post that the White House talk “blows my mind. I’m just a kid from the south side of Chicago and people are speculating about such a thing. It’s extraordinary but it’s not what I’m planning on, thank you.”
Patrick didn’t run in 2016. During his 2014 visit, he warned Democrats against giving Hillary Clinton a free ride to the party’s nomination in 2016.
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.”
If he’s at all serious about 2020, expect Patrick to spend time in crucial Florida next year to campaign for Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson‘s re-election bid and/or for whoever wins the Democratic nomination for governor.