Deval Patrick: Biden 'misses the moment' in 2020 campaign

Deval Patrick: Biden 'misses the moment' in 2020 campaign
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval PatrickDeval PatrickButtigieg to attend MLK Day event in South Carolina after facing criticism Deval Patrick knocks lack of diversity in Democratic debate Democratic Party boss pushes back on criticism: Debate rules 'very transparent,' 'very inclusive' MORE (D) said on Thursday that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE's campaign approach "misses the moment" in the 2020 presidential election. 

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"I think that the instinct that the campaign seems to have ... to project in effect, if we just get rid of the incumbent, we can go back to doing what we used to do, misses the moment," Patrick, who jumped into the Democratic race on Thursday, said after he filed paperwork for the New Hampshire primary. 

"The one truth in my opinion that candidate Trump spoke in 2016 was when he said that conventional or establishment politics isn't working well enough for most people," he continued. "That the same thing Sen. Sanders was saying and it's the same thing Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina National Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires MORE said a decade and a half ago." 

The Hill has reached out to Biden's campaign for comment. 

 

 

Patrick's comments echoed those he made earlier Thursday on CBS This Morning, in which he did not specifically name Biden. 

"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," Patrick told CBS. 

Patrick did praise Biden, citing their longtime progressional relationship. 

"I'm a big, big fan of Joe Biden," he said. "I've known him for many years." 

"I think he is extraordinary public servant, frankly, whose deep, deep personal empathy doesn't always come through in this campaign," he continued.

Patrick will likely face an uphill battle in the 2020 presidential campaign having to catch up with the other candidates in terms of building his name recognition and in fundraising. 

However, he could see an opening in New Hampshire, and could make inroads in South Carolina’s primary where there is a strong African American electorate.