Deval Patrick: Some 2020 Democrats invoking nostalgia, others taking 'our big idea or no way' approach

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval PatrickDeval PatrickPatrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' Buttigieg to attend MLK Day event in South Carolina after facing criticism Deval Patrick knocks lack of diversity in Democratic debate MORE, who announced a 2020 presidential bid on Thursday, said some of his rivals in the crowded Democratic field are invoking nostalgia, while others are taking a "our big idea or no way" approach.

"Right now, we have a really talented, a really gifted, and a really hard-working, and hard-sacrificing field of Democratic candidates, many of them my personal friends," Patrick said on "CBS This Morning" during his first televised interview after announcing his presidential bid. 

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"But we seem to be migrating to on the one camp, sort of nostalgia. Let's just get rid of the incumbent president, [and] we can go back to doing what we used to do, or it's our big idea or no way," he continued. 

The comment appeared to be a reference toward former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump says impeachment lawyers were 'really good' MORE's rhetoric about his time in the Obama administration, as well as Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump on Clinton's Sanders comments: 'She's the one that people don't like' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Hillary Clinton tears open wound with her attack on Sanders MORE's (D-Mass.) progressive proposals, like "Medicare for All." 

Patrick was also asked during the appearance if he supports Medicare for All.

"No. Not in the terms we’ve been talking about," he responded. "I do support a public option."

Patrick told CBS that he was jumping into the 2020 race because he saw an opportunity for "big ideas" to bring Americans together. 

“I admire and respect the candidates in the Democratic field,” he said in the video announcing his campaign. “But if the character of the candidates is an issue in every election, this time is about the character of the country.”

His announcement comes ahead of Friday's deadline to register in the primary in New Hampshire, a state in which Patrick hopes to be competitive after serving two terms as governor of a neighboring state.

Patrick will likely face an uphill battle in catching up with the other candidates in terms of building his name recognition and in fundraising.