Obama: Deval Patrick Would Be a 'Great President'

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Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 02:43 PM

By Aaron Stern

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President Barack Obama thinks outgoing Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick would be a great fit in the Oval Office someday.

In an interview with Boston-area TV station NECN, Obama praised Patrick’s two-term run as governor and said the 57-year-old Patrick would make a great president or vice president in the future.

“When you look at everything he's been able to accomplish and the strength of economic growth and job creation, the reforms that have taken place around education and improvements in transportation, Deval has done a great job, and I think signals that he could be very successful at the federal level, as well,” Obama told NECN.

Patrick, 57, is completing his second term in office – his last, by term-limit rule in Massachusetts – and is considered a rising Democratic star. The second African American to be elected as a governor since Reconstruction, Patrick said last month that he might consider running for national office down the road, though not in 2016.

“Deval would make a great president or vice president, but I think based on me talking to him, it sounds like he’d like to take a little bit of a break,” Obama told NECN.

A WBUR/MassINC poll of likely Democratic voters released today shows Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley far in front of her nearest Democratic challenger, State Treasurer Steve Grossman, in the race to replace Patrick. The same poll also showed Coakley out in front of Republican candidate Charlie Baker by 41 percent to 26 percent.

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 3-1 in Massachusetts, but the state has elected three Republican governors since 1990, including Mitt Romney.

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