Obama: Patrick would make 'a great president'

President Obama said Wednesday that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) "would make a great president or vice president" and is “wise” to keep the door open to a future national bid.

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“Deval’s done a great job, and I think [that] signals that he could be very successful at the federal level, as well,” Obama told New England Cable News when asked about whether Patrick should run in 2016.

The governor’s second term will end early next year. While he’s previously ruled out a 2016 run, when asked in a recent interview whether he could see himself as a national candidate someday he replied, “Maybe. Maybe.”

Obama said that though he expects Patrick to take some time off from politics, as the governor has hinted he’ll do at the end of his term, it’s smart of him to keep the option on the table.

“It’s wise for him not to foreclose it because he’s an enormous talent, and I know he’s still got a lot of energy and vision left in him,” Obama said.

Obama also weighed in on former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown’s (R) steps toward a run for Senate in New Hampshire.

Brown moved to the state from Massachusetts late last year, and just last week started an exploratory committee and launched a tour of the state to gauge support for a run.

Obama joked that Brown should consider running in another state and characterized him as a “moderate Republican,” a veiled reference to the criticism Brown has faced from some conservative Republicans in New Hampshire.

“If Brown wants to move down to Texas, we could always use moderate Republicans down there,” Obama said, adding that New Hampshire “has it covered” with Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.