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Deval Patrick enters the Democratic presidential race

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The former Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick, launched a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday morning. He joined an already busy field with a campaign aimed at positioning him as a pragmatist well positioned to take on President Trump.

“I admire and respect the candidates in the democratic field. But if the character of the candidates in every election is a problem, this time it's about the character of the country, & he said in a video that launched his candidacy.

In an interview with the newspaper of his home town, Patrick did not minimize the long chances against his candidacy.

& # 39; I acknowledge that presidency is an orphan greeting under all circumstances. This is an orphan greeting from two stadiums, & he told the Boston Globe.

Patrick is the only African American who has been elected governor of Massachusetts. He was a gifted orator and during his two sessions he impressed voters with a personal story that brought him from a poor youth in Chicago to the prestigious Milton Academy outside of Boston on scholarship and then Harvard University and Harvard Law School. In addition to serving as a governor, he led the Civil Rights Department of the Justice Department during the Clinton administration.

He has close ties with former President Obama and his allies.

But, as he acknowledged, Patrick stands for great opportunities in the presidential race. His resume is loaded with the kind of business jobs that do not suit the current democratic electorate. He is on the payroll of Bain Capital, the private equity firm Democrats, which panicked when the founder, Mitt Romney, who served as Patrick's governor of Massachusetts, became the GOP candidate for president in 2012.

And he is taking part in the race at a time when other candidates have been in the field for many months, building their organizations and spending time with voters. Several prominent hopeful cases have already dropped out and voters have not given any indication that they are looking for alternatives to the candidates who are already running: most polls that have asked show that a large majority of democratic voters are satisfied with their existing choices .

Patrick will also be hard pressed to find experienced staff to perform his operation. Experienced agents who have worked with him in the past joined other candidates when Patrick announced earlier this year that he would not participate in the race.

His change of mind is because some established democrats are worried that the leading moderate in the race, former vice president Joe Biden, is losing ground to more progressive rivals. The sometimes unstable performance of Biden on the stump has caused some voters to doubt whether the 78-year-old is up against Trump.

Patrick, 63, will likely try to position himself as a more viable alternative to Biden than Pete Buttigieg, a 37-year-old whose political experience is limited to serving as mayor of the city of South Bend, Ind., About the size of Burbank , but who has risen in polls to become a leading candidate.

His reputation as a pioneer for African Americans could position Patrick to make contact with black voters, a mainstay of Biden & # 39; s support, but a group with whom Buttigieg has done poorly so far.

However, Patrick will compete against two other prominent black candidates who have also put racial justice at the center of their campaigns, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen Cory Booker.

And his launch comes as another centrist with deep political experience – and much deeper pockets – flirts with his own late entry into the race. As a billionaire and former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, he would immediately be in Patrick's job and have much more resources for his campaign.

Patrick has long been friends and political allies with Obama, sharing political advisors, speaking styles and vacation time at Martha & # 39; s Vineyard. He delivered an exciting speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and raised delegates when he told Democrats "to grow a backbone and stand up for what we believe."

Patrick was also an important ally for a fellow Massachusetts politician, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who made a major statement of support in her first race for the US Senate when she was attacked for her meager claims of Native American descent. The approval came during the 2012 Democratic primary and was accompanied by a lively speech at the Democratic State Convention that helped reverse the race for Warren against Republican-based leader, Senator Scott Brown.

But Patrick has always felt uncomfortable with the anti-corporate rhetoric of Warren and other progressive Democrats. He served as a lawyer for both Texaco and Coca-Cola before moving to politics, and he did not join fellow Democrats to attack Bain during the 2012 presidential campaign.

Patrick's position on the board of the parent company of Ameriquest, a sub-prime lender, was a liability when he initially served as governor in 2006 and would probably come again if his candidacy for president gets traction. After leaving office in 2015, he took over the job at Bain and surprised many top democrats who were worried about the position that would kill all ambitions for a higher office.

A transformational figure in his state's politics – Patrick was the only African-American governor in American history to win two terms – he will try to exploit his popularity in neighboring New Hampshire, a crucial state in the primary competition.

New Hampshire will be his first stop on the campaign track and Patrick told other Democrats that his campaign will be heavily focused on the Granite State.

But he will face strong competition there. Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders already have a deep network and strong support from voters in New Hampshire, where they too are known to the locals.

In Massachusetts, Patrick came from outside the insular political machine of his state and clashed with old democrats in the state legislator when he first sat in the governor's traditional corner office in the state house. But by the time he left office, he had a working relationship with many state brokers.

As governor from 2007 to 2015, he reorganized the transportation system that was signed by billions of dollars in debts from the so-called "Big Dig" project that broke the state viaduct that went through downtown Boston. He lifted the state tax and implemented the health care law adopted under Romney, which vastly extended access to insurance and became the model for the federal Affordable Care Act.

He promoted the state's large biotech industry and signed legislation that allowed gambling at casinos. Along the way, controversies teased the Patrick administration. There were lapses in the child welfare system and the courts set aside thousands of convictions during his term of office after a rogue chemist in the state crime lab had admitted that he had provided forged evidence.

He hopes that the political record will now help him move forward in a long-distance race that will test his moderate message that he summarized in his interview with the Globe: & # 39; I think we should set a tone that says we don't & # 39 ; it has to be agreed everywhere to work with everything. "

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