Deval Patrick, the former Massachusetts governor, has announced that he will run for president in 2020. Patrick made it official in an online video released early Thursday morning.
Patrick will be a guest on Thursday at "CBS This Morning," serving more in this role for his first interview after his announcement. "Governor Patrick has made a political contribution to CBS News, but given this decision, the network will end this relationship," CBS News said.
Patrick, 63, served as Massachusetts governor for two terms from 2007 to 2015, most recently managing director of Bain Capital, a private equity firm.
Patrick is a prominent African American in the Democratic Party and, due to his previous work as a federal prosecutor, was a viable presidential candidate for campaigning for Democratic Congressional candidates and his ties to former President Barack Obama. He had saidthat he would not run, citing the potential burden on friends and family.
It is unclear how Patrick's belated decision to join the fight could change democratic competition. The Iowa Caucus can be reached in less than three months on 3 February. And he's way back in a record field with survey shows now split in two levels ̵
AtPatrick recognized the field of strong Democratic candidates. "When I thought about it many months ago, one of the questions was:" How do you make the breakthrough in such a large and talented area without being a celebrity or sensationalist? "And I'm not one of those things. "
Another unknown factor is former Mayor of New Yorkwho also considers a presidential offer and has already registered his name in the Democratic primary in Alabama and Arkansas. A decision by the media mogul is expected soon, say aides.
Voters in early primary states have repeatedly stated in interviews with CBS News that they are impressed and overwhelmed by their options – and no longer seek. Polls and interviews show that Democratic primary voters are eagerly looking for someone capable of defeating President Trump next year.
Patrick firmly believes he is a viable option and is expected to underscore his service as Massachusetts Governor – the only Democrat to head the state in this century
During his eight-year tenure as President The governor turned Patrick over to a plan initiated by his predecessor, Republican Mitt Romney, for health care reform, which later served as an example for Obamacare. He also raised the minimum wage of the state to $ 11 per hour.
His work as Managing Director at Bain Capital is likely to be audited by primary voters, who are increasingly critical of businesses. Romney, a former Bain executive, was assaulted by Democrats in 2012 for his role in the firm when he ran for president.
Despite his entrepreneurial activities, Patrick continued to engage in democratic politics and supported the nationwide campaign for Congressional and Gubernatorial candidates. Since leaving the Statehouse, Patrick has stayed close to a small group of consultants who advised him on running a campaign last year.
Patrick had been "humbled" by encouragement from across the country to seek the presidency, but he knew "the cruelty of our election process would ultimately affect the people Diane and I love, but they are not for the journey had registered ".
His wife Diane had been Before his term as governor, Patrick was General Counsel at Texaco and helped implement the merger with Chevron in 2000. Later, he served as general counsel at The Coca-Cola Company.
In 1994, Bill Clinton named him Head of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, focusing on investigating a series of arson attacks in southern black churches.
In a glowing profile published last year by The New Yorker, Patrick said he campaigned in congressional districts during the 2018 midterm election "in which the Democrats were long out of competition and grounded."
He told the Governor's story of growing up on the south side of Chicago, obtaining a scholarship to the Milton Academy Elite Preparatory School in Massachusetts, and attending Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
He told the magazine that Democrats lost the presidency in 2016 because they did not listen. "I would say we get the government we deserve in a democracy," he said. "And if we want a better government, we have to get involved, and many people have long withdrawn, and not without reason."
Whether voters want to hear what Patrick offers remains to be seen.