The move comes not long after Michael Bloomberg filed as a candidate in the Alabama Democratic primary, fueling rumors that he planned to enter the presidential race with less than three months before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.
“In a spirit of profound gratitude for all the country has given to me, with a determination to build a better, more sustainable, more inclusive American Dream for the next generation, I am today announcing my candidacy for President of the United States,” Patrick said in a video on his official website.
Patrick previously said he was not going to run for president, citing the “cruelty of our elections process” and the effect it would have on the people close to him. But the decision reportedly weighed on Patrick. On Wednesday, he allegedly began telling friends and allies that he was jumping into the race.
With the Democratic field already crowded, Patrick will have a tough time carving out an image. He used his announcement video to present himself as someone who will unify the divided country.
“I admire and respect the candidates in the Democratic field. They bring a richness of ideas and experience and a depth of character that makes me proud to be a Democrat. But if the character of the candidates is an issue in every election, this time is about the character of the country.”
The 63-year-old lawyer is opposed to the Medicare for All plan pushed by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and — like Joe Biden — does not believe that attacking the rich is the path to victory. One of Patrick’s potential lanes to the presidency could be as a “business-friendly pragmatist” who has more experience than Pete Buttigieg and is not as old as Biden, according to Yahoo News.
Although Patrick’s Bain Capital biography has disappeared, Rolling Stone dug it up. The page highlighted Patrick’s role as Governor of Massachusetts as well as his work at The Coca-Cola Company and Texaco, Inc. The bio also went into Patrick’s legal background and his appointment to Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division by former president Bill Clinton.
Much like former President Barack Obama, Patrick has frequently shared personal stories from his upbringing in Chicago, which has left many drawing comparisons between him and Obama.