Governor Deval Patrick fueled the Beltway buzz machine on Sunday when he declared at a meeting of the nation’s governors in Washington that he would open to a presidential run after 2016.
But for close observers of the governor’s political ambitions, his comments did not mark much of a shift. Patrick has repeatedly left open the door to a White House campaign when asked about his long-term plans.
In September, for example, Patrick told ABC News that, while he would not run in 2016, he would not rule out a future bid.
“If there is a time sometime later to come back and serve in public life, I hope I’m able to do that. Just not going to be in 2016,” Patrick said.
The governor gave a similarly open-ended answer when asked, on his monthly radio show in September, about a future run for the White House.
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