Massachusetts Ex-Governor Patrick Enters Crowded Democratic Presidential Race

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Mr. Patrick's announcement, which he had signaled this week, came in the form of a video he released early Thursday morning.

Texas Democratic Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, whose state boasts the second-largest number of Super Tuesday delegates behind California, said he hadn't heard from Patrick or his representatives.

"I admire and respect the candidates in the Democratic field that bring a richness of ideas and experience and a depth of character that makes me proud to be a Democrat".

He was staring down reelection as MA governor in 2010, in the midst of a sluggish economic recovery that would ultimately contribute to sweeping Democratic defeats across the country.

"This time is about more than removing an unpopular and divisive leader, as important as that is, but about delivering instead for you", Patrick said.

Patrick served as MA governor from 2007 through 2015 and he was fairly popular in the state, maintaining a positive approval rating throughout his term. Warren and Vermont Sen.

Patrick, a close friend of Obama's who campaigned for him, has positioned himself over the years as slightly more moderate than some on the Democratic left.

"I think the actual business of advancing an agenda once elected is a different kind of undertaking", he said.

"We were not poor, just broke", he said. His slogan, notably, is "Deval For All".

Patrick, the newest entrant into the 2020 Democratic primary field, smiled and reminded her he was co-chair of the campaign, saying, "I didn't buy into it then, and I still don't". Or to put it another way: What do these candidates think the fundamental problem with the US economy is?

"I wish Washington, frankly, worked a little more like MA did", Baker said. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made preparations over the past week to get on the ballot in two states as he weighs a presidential bid. But some say he could have a boost in the New Hampshire primary due to serving as governor in neighbouring MA.

Then he will head to New Hampshire's State House to file paperwork to be on the primary ballot there - one day before the deadline - before moving on to California, Nevada, Iowa and SC, according to a Democrat familiar with his plans. Patrick begins his White House run lagging far behind in the campaign infrastructure enjoyed by his leading rivals in the race, who have spent the majority of this year building ground operations and earning endorsements in New Hampshire. He's always been a bad presidential candidate, and there are reports Obama tried to discourage him from running. By comparison, only 155 candidates can be won in the four early primary states.

Close to former President Barack Obama, he also served in the Clinton administration as the assistant attorney general for the civil rights division, and would later serve as chief counsel for Texaco and Coca-Cola before running for governor. Does Patrick have some massive groundswell of a base just waiting for him to run so they can throw their money at him and support him in droves? "To replace the entire private system where companies provide health care for their employees would bankrupt us for a very long time".

Asked about a report that he had spoken with Obama before launching his campaign, Patrick told CBS the former president was staying neutral in the race.

Last year, when deciding to forgo a White House run, Patrick explained that he and his wife, who had been given a cancer diagnosis at the time, were anxious that the "cruelty of our elections process would ultimately splash back on people whom Diane and I love, but who hadn't signed up for the journey".

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