Nov 12, 2019

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick ponders 2020 run

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is thinking about joining the already crowded 2020 Democratic race for the presidency, reports the AP.

Why it matters: Some Democrats feel wary that no candidate has truly broken out in the race — all amid party handwringing that frontrunner Joe Biden's campaign is flagging, leaving the moderate lane open for a new challenger.

  • Patrick would be the second high-profile contender to consider joining the Democratic race late in recent days. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg filed last week to enter Alabama's primary.
  • There are fewer than three months until the first votes are cast, which would force Patrick to build out his campaign operations quickly.

Yes, but: His late entrance this cycle would mean that finding key staff could be difficult. Patrick's former chief of staff Doug Rubin already works for presidential candidate Tom Steyer.

What's next: While Patrick hasn't made a final decision about whether or not to run, he'll have to signal his intentions soon. The deadline to file for New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary is Friday.

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How Deval Patrick's Bain Capital experience could play into 2020

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Private equity soon may get more unwanted attention in the Democratic presidential primary, based on an AP report that former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is seriously considering a last-minute entry.

The big picture: Patrick made his money as a corporate lawyer before running for public office, but has spent the past several years at Bain Capital, leading an impact investing effort.

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Deval Patrick enters 2020 Democratic presidential race

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick formally entered the 2020 presidential race on Thursday.

Why it matters: The former governor joins a crowded Democratic field less than three months out from the Iowa caucuses.

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Hillary Clinton won't rule out running in 2020

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the BBC on Tuesday that she's "under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about" entering the 2020 race.

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