On Thursday, Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced that he is joining the 2020 presidential race.
What We Know:
- Patrick has an extensive political background. He made history when he became the first black governor of Massachusetts from 2007-2015. He also served as the U.S. assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division under the Clinton administration.
- He made the announcement in a YouTube video. He stated, “In a spirit of profound gratitude for all the country has given to me and with the 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.”
His most recent position was a managing director for a private investment firm, Bain Capital. He resigned from the company, shortly after his announcement. Patrick is expected to take some heat from fellow Democrats for his involvement with a private equity firm. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been a vocal critic of these firms and introduced the “Stop Wall Street Looting Act” which would restrict these firms.
Let’s be clear: When private equity firms acquire companies, suck out all the value they can, and walk away rich—leaving workers, their families, and their communities suffering with the consequences—it’s legalized looting. I have a plan to end it. https://t.co/p0kgOYtOPR
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 11, 2019
Patrick has progressive views. During his time in office, he enacted initiatives to reduce the state’s carbon emissions, supported legislation that affirmed same-sex marriage, and proposed education reform that included free community college and accessible pre-kindergarten.
The 63-year-old is joining Democratic front-runners including former Vice President Joe Bidden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Sen. Bernie Sanders. He entered the race just before the deadline for the New Hampshire primary election.
How do you think he will fair in this crowded race?