Let the candidates begin! This article was seen in The Boston Globe today. By Rob DeCola. Caption: “Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick seems to be enjoying life in the private sector — but could a return to politics be in his future?”

Will former Mass. governor Deval Patrick throw his hat into the ring as a candidate for president in 2020? Members of former president Barack Obama’s inner circle are trying to nudge Patrick toward a yes, according to a Politico interview.

In a story published on Tuesday, the publication spoke to Obama strategist David Axelrod and advisor Valerie Jarrett about a possible Patrick run in 2020.

Axelrod said he has spoken to Patrick, now at Bain Capital, about it, and rattled off to Politico the list of advantages the former Massachusetts governor would have on the national stage: “small-town campaign experience from his 2006 gubernatorial run that will jive perfectly with Iowa, neighbor-state advantage in New Hampshire, and the immediate bloc of votes he’d have as an African-American heading into South Carolina.”

Jarrett told Politico that a President Patrick is what “my heart desires.’”

The publication quoted one former senior White House aide that said “If you were to poll 100 notable Obama alumni, the only two people who would win that 2020 straw poll right now are [Joe] Biden and Patrick.”

So what does Patrick himself have to say about the matter?

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