On Thursday, President Barack Obama dropped hints about who he may back in 2016 – and it may not be either his Vice President Joe Biden or his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Instead, he could back Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), who has served two terms.
Obama stated, “Deval would be a great president or vice president.” He continued, “Deval’s done a great job and I think signals that he could be very successful at the federal as well. It’s wise for him not to foreclose it because he’s an enormous talent and I know he’s still got a lot of energy and vision left in him.” He added that Patrick would be speaking with his family about the potential run.
There have been stirrings of an insurgent campaign against Hillary Clinton from the left in 2016. Patrick would have the built-in advantage of the heavy black turnout in Democratic primaries, an advantage Obama held over Hillary in 2008.
Patrick entered office in Massachusetts after the tenure of Mitt Romney. He is the first black governor of Massachusetts, and went to Harvard College and Law School, afterward working for President Bill Clinton's Department of Justice in its Civil Rights Division. He has increased sales taxes, implemented Romneycare, and spent a fortune ($11,000) on drapes at the governor's state house suite, as well as intervening in internal contract relations between Citigroup and Ameriquest.
Patrick has admitted to thinking about running for president in the future, although he has stated that he won't run in 2016. "That’s a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years and she’s a tough one to convince," he said of his wife.