Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts, has announced that he is running for president in the 2020 race.
Patrick will be a guest on "CBS This Morning" on Thursday for his first interview since his announcement.
A CBS News contributor since September, Patrick is no longer playing this role. "Governor Patrick was a political contributor to CBS News, but in light of this decision, the network will end this connection," CBS News said.
Patrick, 63, has been a Massachusetts governor for two terms, from 2007 to 2015, and most recently served as managing director at Bain Capital, a private equity firm.
Patrick is a prominent African American in the Democratic Party and is considered a viable presidential candidate, given his previous job as federal prosecutor, his willingness to campaign for Democratic Congress candidates, and his ties to former President Barack Obama. He waslast December that he would not run, citing the potential tensions of friends and family.
It is not clear how Patrick's late decision to join the battle could reshape the democratic contest. The Iowa Coke is less than three months away on February 3. And it starts far back in the record-breaking field that election shows are already split into two levels ̵
OnPatrick recognized the field of strong Democratic candidates. "When I thought about it many months ago, one of the questions was, 'How do you break into such a large and talented field without being a celebrity or a sensationalist? "And I'm not one of those things. "
Another unknown factor is former Mayor of New Yorkwho is also considering running for president Already put his name on the primary ballot for Democrats in Alabama and Arkansas, the media tycoon's decision is expected soon, according to aides. opportunities – and no Polls and interviews show that major Democratic voters are eagerly looking for someone who is ready to defeat President Trump next year.
Patrick clearly believes he is a viable option and is expected to emphasize his job as governor of Massachusetts – the only Democrat to lead the state this century
During his eight years as Governor Patrick, he implemented a health care reform plan launched by his predecessor, Republican Mitt Romney, who later served as Kat. o model for Obamacare. He also raised the state's minimum wage to $ 11 an hour.
His work as managing director at Bain Capital is likely to attract the attention of major constituents who are increasingly critical of corporations. Romney, a former CEO of Bayne, was attacked by Democrats for his role in the firm when he ran for president in 2012.
Despite his corporate work, Patrick continues to pursue democratic politics and support the nationwide campaign for congressional candidates and governors. After leaving the State House, Patrick remained firm with a small pool of consultants who advised him during his discussions last year on whether to campaign.
Patrick took the pass, stating that he was "humble" by encouragement from all over the country. to seek the presidency, but he knew that "the cruelty of our election process would eventually go back to the people whom Diane and I love but who did not sign up for the trip."
His wife Diane was treated for stage 1 uterine cancer and given a good prognosis.
Prior to serving as Governor, Patrick served as Chief Advisor at Texaco Oil Company and assisted in his 2000 merger with Chevron. He later served as chief advisor at The Coca-Cola Company.
In 1994, he was appointed by Bill Clinton to head the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and focuses on the investigation of a series of wildfires in black black churches.
In a glowing profile published by The New Yorker last year, Patrick said he campaigned during the 2018 midterm elections, "where Democrats have not been competitive for a long time and have run in low level."
The article also told the Governor's story of growing up in southern Chicago, earning a scholarship from an elite preparatory school at Milton Academy in Massachusetts and attending Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
He told the magazine that he believed the Democrats lost the presidency in 2016 because they failed to listen. "I would say we get the government we deserve in democracy," he said. "And if we want a better government, we need to get involved and many people are long gone, and not for no reason.
Whether the voters will want to listen to what Patrick has to offer remains to be seen.