Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Sunday said he has worries about former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump's climate order a good first step toward ending war on coal GOP faces backlash over attack on internet privacy rules Freedom Caucus member: Passing healthcare bill would cost GOP majority MORE’s expected 2016 run for president.
That attitude that Clinton is bound to win the Democratic primary is “off-putting to the average voter,” he said.
“I hope that the people around her pay attention to that," he added.
Patrick also pushed back on those who encourage him to run for president in 2016.
“I’m not a candidate,” he said.
While he “may yet run” in the future, “this is not the time that’s right for me,” he said.
Instead, he pledged to “help the nominee if the nominee wants my help.”
Patrick also commented on the legacy of President Obama, of whom Patrick is “enormously proud.”
Obama’s legacy will be “governing for the next generation” instead of governing for “the next election cycle or the next news cycle,” he said.
He also credited Obama for working to restore a sense of “connectedness” in the country.
“There’s a connectedness that, in many corners, people no longer feel,” he said.
“We’re hungry for that kind of connectedness.”