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We played word games with Governor Raimondo. The race for president was the topic

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo stands on the State House steps after taking the oath of office in Providence, R.I., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Raimondo was sworn into a second term in office, promising to continue bringing change to set the state on a "path for enduring success." (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

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Happy Friday and welcome to Rhode Map, your daily guide to everything happening in the Ocean State. I'm Dan McGowan and I think "A Christmas Story" is easily the greatest film ever made. Follow me on Twitter @DanMcGowan or send tips to Dan.McGowan@globe.com.

Governor Gina M. Raimondo isn’t ready to endorse a candidate for president, but she has plenty of thoughts on the Democratic field.

In an interview with the Globe this week, she agreed to play word association with Ed Fitzpatrick about the seven candidates who took the stage for last night’s debate in Los Angeles.

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When asked the first word that comes to mind for each candidate, here’s what she had to say.

Joe Biden: “Likable.”

Elizabeth Warren: “Fighter.”

Bernie Sanders: “Socialist.”

Pete Buttigieg: “Talented.”

Amy Klobuchar: “Smart.”

Andrew Yang: “Innovator.”

Tom Steyer: “Businessman.”

Bonus question: What word comes to mind when she thinks of Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor that she once called her “political idol”?

“Effective,” she said.

Raimondo said it is unclear to her who will emerge to seize the Democratic presidential nomination.“You have a very fluid field,” she said, noting that Bloomberg and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently entered the race.

“You have people dropping in and dropping out regularly. We are ending the year with no clear front-runner.”

So she said she wouldn’t be surprised if the primary fight went right down to the Democratic National Convention, set for July 13-16 in Milwaukee.“

You could easily see a guy like Sanders not dropping out,” Raimondo said. “And meanwhile, the threat to our country has never been greater -- of someone like Trump getting reelected.”

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