Deval Patrick Announces He Is Running For President In 2020

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick enters 2020 race

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to enter 2020 presidential race

Patrick's candidacy could stake out a middle ground and offers a slightly younger alternative to field led by candidates in their 70s among an otherwise diverse field.

Harris and Booker are "friends of mine and I respect them and I've talked to them from time to time", Patrick said.

Newly-announced 2020 candidate Deval Patrick needs 200,000 individual donors and at least four percent support in the polls to make the Democrat debate stage in December; Peter Doocy reports. This time is about whether the day after the election, America will keep her promises.

He closed with, "This time is about more than removing an unpopular and divisive leader, as important as that is, but about delivering instead for you". Patrick was the first African-American to become Governor of MA, which was from 2007 to 2015.

Patrick joins a field that includes presumed front-runners former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. But he's facing spirited challenges from Patrick's home-state senator, Elizabeth Warren, and Vermont Sen. And it's Biden who has wrapped himself in Obama's legacy, frequently reminding voters of the eight years he spent by the 44th president's side.

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

He hopes that political record will now help propel him forward in a long-shot race that will test his moderate message, which he summed up this way in his interview with the Globe: "I think we have to set a tone that says we don't have to agree on everything to work together on anything". His slogan, notably, is "Deval For All".

And yet, Mr. Patrick may not be the last person to enter the contest; Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of NY, has also taken steps toward entering the Democratic primary after initially ruling it out. "I am interested in getting at root causes".

Patrick is the second 11th-hour entrant into the race in under a week.

His entry into the 2020 race follows former NY governor Michael Bloomberg filing to enter state primaries, though he has made no final decision about whether he will run.

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Unlike Bloomberg, a billionaire businessman who could self-fund his campaign, Patrick will have to quickly raise money to finance a campaign operation and bolster his familiarity with voters. Patrick successfully ran for reelection in 2010 against now-Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

His decision to enter the primary comes against the backdrop of the realities of the political calendar - the filing deadline in all-important New Hampshire is Friday - as well as continued consternation from some Democrats about whether the current field presents viable options to beat President Donald Trump in 2020.

Patrick will begin his campaign tomorrow morning in New Hampshire.

Patrick, a 63-year-old African-American and close ally of former Democratic President Barack Obama, announced his candidacy in an online video, joining almost 20 other candidates seeking to challenge Republican Donald Trump in next year's election. Patrick excelled in school and, after a teacher pushed him, he applied for a scholarship and was accepted "sight unseen by Milton Academy in Massachusetts" for high school.

Patrick was asked on CBS if he supports the "Medicare for All" health care plan, which is pushed by Sanders and would replace job-based and individual private health insurance with a government-run plan that guarantees coverage for all with no premiums or deductibles and only minimal copays for certain services.

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To find the last Bay Stater who actually won a presidential election, you have to go back to John F. Kennedy - or, if we're being generous, President George H.W. Bush, who was born in Milton, but is more closely tied to Texas and Maine.

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