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Possible 2020 Candidate: Dems Have To Be For Something, Not Just Anti-Trump

“I think we can’t be just about what we’re against,” Deval Patrick told Politico. “We have to be about what we’re for.”

Former Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA) said that whoever the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2020 is can’t just be anti-Trump during an interview on Politico’s “Off Message.” The nominee has to be for more than that if they hope to win, Patrick said.

Close advisers to former President Obama, including Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod, have floated Patrick as a possible candidate for president in 2020.

Politico‘s Edward-Isaac Dovere asked Patrick what the 2020 Democratic nominee’s argument against President Trump has to be in order to be successful.

“I hope for the nominee that isn’t the question,” Patrick responded. “Meaning I think we can’t be just about what we’re against. We have to be about what we’re for.”

Patrick continued: “I think offering an alternative vision for the future of this country and the role of government alongside the private sector, alongside philanthropy, alongside individuals exercising their free creativity, is enormously important.”

“We can do that as a party. We have done it the past, and we can do it again, and I think we have to [in order] to win,” Patrick concluded.