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Mass.Governor Deval Patrick (D) tinkers with campaign run against Hillary

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Hillary Clinton won’t be walking into the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. Several Democratic governors and senators have already expressed interest in entering the race. Enter Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick who indicated over the weekend that he “conceivably might be interested after taking time off from politics.”

In political jargon, he’s very interested. "Maybe, maybe." the governor told Politico during the National Governors' Association meeting in Washington.

In political jargon, that means he needs to see the campaign dollars flowing in first. Especially considering the vast war chest of money Hillary Clinton has already banked.

Patrick is well aware of Clinton’s massive presence on the national stage. Although she has not announced she'll run, her powerful political action committees are already raising millions on her behalf and she enjoys a double-digit lead in virtually every poll taken.

He told the Boston Globe, "I'm going to go back into the private sector. And as Diane, my wife, says, pay some attention to our family and friends while they are still willing to have us pay some attention."

The Massachusetts governor will leave the office in 2015 and told Politico he is "looking forward to a break" but said he wants to return to politics someday.”

Someday may be closer than anyone thinks.

"I'd like to have another opportunity to serve. I believe in service. I enjoy it," he said. "I also like coming and going, you know, because I think that my private-sector life has contributed to how I think about public-sector challenges and what I do in the public sector."

Pressed by Politico for a definitive yes or no to a presidential run, in typical political jargon, Patrick said, "That's a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years, and she’s a tough one to convince. Let's just see what time tells."

No comment from the Clinton campaign.

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