President Obama and his allies are already whispering in the ear of the Democrat they'd like to see run for president next, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett and even the former president himself, according to Politico, all see Patrick, who left politics in 2015, as an heir apparent.
He, however, doesn't seem that interested yet, while Obama's ex-vice president Joe Biden, seems more primed to run.
'I'm trying to think about how to be helpful, because I care about the country, and I'm a patriot first,' he told Politico for the pub's Off Message podcast. 'It's way, way too soon to be making plans for 2020.'
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (left) is a favorite 2020 presidential contender of President Obama (right) and some of his top political allies
Former Vice President Joe Biden is doing a lot of things that look like he may try again for the White House in 2020. He decided not to run in 2016 because he had just lost his son Beau
'So I'll just leave it at that,' the former governor said.
Patrick, a member of the Obama inner circle, hasn't made much of a peep about politics since he left office, heading over to Bain Capital for work.
He's now running a 'social good' venture at the firm most often associated with the Republicans' 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, having raised $390 million for small and medium sized businesses focused on sustainability and health and wellness.
That's not to say Patrick isn't opinionated about what's going on with his friend Obama's successor.
'The president, I believe is at risk of diminishing the voice of the presidency because he pops off so often, and so, kind of carelessly,' Patrick said of Trump, who likes to frequently tweet.
'I think there is a risk both domestically, and internationally for that matter, that we'll begin to tune him out,' Patrick added.
Patrick also suggested that Trump's successful slogan, 'Make America Great Again,' was disingenuous to the people it was sold to.
President Obama (left) with then Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick exiting Air Force One in 2014. Obama has reportedly tried to court Patrick to run for the presidency in 2020
'Nostalgia, that's what Trump was selling right?' he asked.
'His tag line was on the "again." You know, saying to communities, whose factories have left, that the solution is to bring that factory back. It may not actually be the most constructive, or even honest, pitch to make,' Patrick said.
Democrats, he suggested, needed to be focused on the economy of tomorrow.
But a lot of Democrats are focusing on the potential candidates they have in the roster too.
'If you were to poll 100 notable Obama alumni, the only two people who would win that 2020 straw poll right now are Biden