Governor Deval Patrick, who has repeatedly sought to knock down speculation about a White House bid in 2016, reiterated Sunday in a television interview that he is not running to succeed President Obama.
“I’m not a candidate,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley” program, adding that he planned to return to the private sector when his second term as governor concludes in January.
But Patrick, who was first elected in 2006, left open the possibility that he might run for some unspecified office in the future.
In the CNN interview, Patrick also spoke about former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, seen as the top 2016 Democratic White House contender. He expressed concerns that her perceived front-runner status might hamper a potential bid.
“When you look at 2016, is this Hillary all the way, do you think?” asked Crowley.
Patrick said he did not know.
“I guess I worry a little bit,” he said. “She’s an enormously capable candidate and leader, but I do worry about the inevitability thing, because I think it’s off-putting to the average voter. And I think that was an element of her campaign the last time.”
“You know,” Patrick added in the interview, “as an enthusiastic Democrat, I just hope that the people around her pay attention to that this time around.”