Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) is mulling a 2020 White House run, The New York Times reported on Monday.
The former governor spoke with Democratic officials about entering the race after saying the current candidates don’t have the necessary political momentum, two Democrats with knowledge of the conversations told the Times. He also reportedly said he thinks he could bring liberal and moderate Democrats together.
ADVERTISEMENTPatrick’s conversations come days after former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE moved to enter the already crowded Democratic primary, with the race appearing deeply divided as the Iowa caucus approaches early next year.
Massachusetts Democrats have also reportedly connected with party leaders in early primary states to tip that Patrick may run, one Democrat who was notified told the Times.
Patrick would need to file by Friday to run in the New Hampshire primary.
His potential last-minute run comes as the Democratic vote appears split between moderate candidates including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE and more liberal-leaning hopefuls such as Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.). None of the front-runners have been able to pull away from the others definitively in polling.
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Patrick could have an advantage in New Hampshire, being a former governor from the New England area, and could gain support from voters in South Carolina as an African American.
The former governor announced last November he would not run in the 2020 presidential race because of the impact the campaign would have on his family. Last month, however, a reporter asked him if he could fully rule out a 2020 presidential run, and he answered, “Don’t ask me that question.”