Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Sunday that he’s not ready to run for president in 2016 — but he had some advice for one potential candidate who’s looking readier by the day.
Patrick, a Democrat, was asked by NBC News about the conventional wisdom that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run away with the Democratic nomination if she decides to mount a bid.
“Secretary Clinton has been an extraordinary public servant and would be a terrific candidate for president,” Patrick said. “But I think the narrative that it’s inevitable is off-putting to regular voters.”
“I don’t mean that as a criticism of her; I just think people read inevitably as entitlement,” he added. “And the American people want, and ought to want, their candidates to sweat for the job, you know, to actually make the case for why they’re the right person for the right time.”
Early polls have shown Clinton far ahead of her potential primary opponents. Apart from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who hails from Patrick’s state of Massachusetts, and Vice President Biden, other Democrats barely factor into the survey data. And even those two are behind Clinton by over 50 points in some polls.
Despite his reservations about Clinton’s mantle of inevitability, though, Patrick clarified he’s not touting himself as an alternative.
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SOURCE: CBS News – Jake Miller