Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was among potential Democratic presidential candidates who recently campaigned for Mike Espy in Mississippi, but now says he will not run, even as others who visited seem to be moving toward a candidacy.
On his visit here in September, Patrick was noncommittal when this reporter asked if he planned to run. Politico reported Patrick's decision Wednesday morning.
Patrick had been considered a likely 2020 contender for the Democratic nomination, and allies of President Barack Obama urged him to consider it, but he called allies in recent days to let them know he has decided against it, the report says.
He plans to hold off on making an official announcement until after former President George H.W. Bush's funeral services. Bush died Friday at age 94, and funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and Thursday in Texas.
In September, Patrick said he was worried it would be hard to gain traction if he ran in 2020.
"It's hard to see how you even get noticed in such a big, broad field without being shrill, sensational, or a celebrity—and I'm none of those things, and I'm never going to be any of those things," he told former Obama adviser David Axelrod on a podcast.
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Patrick's decision helps narrow down what is expected to be a broad field of candidates ranging from governors, to senators, to business leaders. Among the candidates considering runs are former Vice President Joe Biden and two of Patrick's fellow Massachusetts leaders: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry, who unsuccessfully ran against President George W. Bush in 2004.
At a stop on his book tour in Montana Monday night, Biden said he considers himself "the most qualified person in the country to be president."
"The issues that we