Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has told friends he will make a dramatic late run for the Democratic presidential nomination, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Patrick, a close friend and ally of former President Barack Obama, ruled out a presidential bid earlier this year but has since been talking with Democratic operatives and donors about launching a campaign. Patrick is the first Democrat to jump in less than three months before the kickoff Iowa caucuses – but may not be the last. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also reconsidering a run, citing concerns about the current Democratic front-runners’ ability to defeat President Donald Trump. Bloomberg is expected to make a final decision on his 2020 prospects within days. The people with knowledge of Patrick’s deliberations spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. He’s in: Deval Patrick was governor of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2015, the first African-American to hold the post. The 63-year-old had previously ruled out a run Front of the field: Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden are both implicitly criticized by the entry of Deval Patrick into the already 18-strong Democratic field Democrats plunged into the… Read full this story
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