Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced Thursday that he will run for the Democratic Party primaries with a video in which he says he will work for the “excluded” and for the “American Dream to be more inclusive”.
Patrick, 63, who ruled Massachusetts between 2007 and 2015, is one of the black leaders of the Democratic Party, but he is in the race for the 2020 election less than three months before the polls and faces a large group of candidates who have an advantage.
“The anxiety and anger that I saw in my southern (Chicago) neighbors, the feeling that the government and the economy are failing us, is no longer reduced to us but is what people feel today throughout the U.S. and in all kinds of communities,” he explains during this video.
According to The New York Times, Patrick plans to deliver the necessary documentation this morning to be on New Hampshire ballots and then in California, Nevada, Iowa and South Carolina.
“I admire and respect candidates in the Democratic race. They bring a wealth of ideas and experience and a depth of character that make me proud to be a Democrat. But if the character of the candidates is a problem in every election, this time it’s about the character of the country,” the politician explains.
In the video, he talks about his humble origins in southern Chicago, in a family that sometimes resorted to social assistance, and how thanks to the support of good professors in public schools he goes on to study law at the university and later to work in government, non-profit organizations and businesses.
Patrick was interviewed this morning on CBS and said he does not support the “Medicare for all” proposal of the most leftist candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, but rather a “public option,” although he did not elaborate.
He also said he agreed with the cancellation of student debt and regarding a “tax on the rich” he stated that the burden should be higher for “the most prosperous and fortunate” without that being a “penalty” for them, while betting on simplifying the tax system.